Nakhon Ratchasima

One of the four major cities of northeastern Thailand, this metropolis offers easy access to the area and a few regional attractions.

Nakhonratchasima is one of the four major cities of Isan, known as the "Big 4 of Isan". The city is commonly known as Korat, a shortened form of its name. Historically, it once marked the boundary between Lao and Siamese territory. Today it is considered a gateway to the Lao-speaking north-east (Isan). Khorat has become increasingly attractive to foreigners during the last period with growing numbers mainly from North America and Europe making their homes in the province. Still rustic, with cheap housing and land prices, the province is only three hours' drive from Bangkok (by bus or train), and as its "gateway to the north-east" moniker suggests, Khorat is a central transportation hub.
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