Nakhon Ratchasima, also known by the local residents as “Khorat”, is a Thai province located on the northeastern section of the country. It is one of the largest provinces in Thailand, and is located approximately 260 kilometers from Bangkok. It is the capital of the Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the Nakhon Ratchasima district.
Nakhon Ratchasima is gifted with a rich and colorful history, steeped in the legacy of the Khmer kingdom. Numerous signs of Khmer culture abound and the province is blessed with stunning natural displays as well, encompassing lush tropical forests, towering mountains, and sparkling waterfalls.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, many of the traditional customs are well preserved to this day, particularly in the Dan Kwian community, where clay pottery production is kept alive in the manner it has been for hundreds of years.
Residential Places in Nakhon Ratchasima
Given its location, property prices in Nakhon Ratchasima are obviously much cheaper than you can expect to find in other Thai cities such as Bangkok or Phuket. The Land and House development is a good place to begin your search, as the prices for houses there are even lower than they would be on similar Land and House developments in other cities. A 2-story house covering an area of 1500 square meters was recently listed at 2.5 million Baht, and that came semi-furnished with a fully equipped kitchen and even an air-conditioning unit in the master bedroom. A similar house in Bangkok would cost up to 4.8 million Baht or possibly even more.
There are many other properties outside of the Land and House development, but while the houses itself may be of acceptable quality, the surrounding neighborhood may not be to your liking, so take the time to look around before making any commitments.
The residential prices in the city have been described in a post on the Thailand Expat Forum last August 13, 2008:
It is a pity, but a foreigner can only have 49% of a house, 51% must be in Thai hands. As I said before the best is to contact Sunbelt Asia in Bangkok, who can advise you about all possibilities to invest. But this is also a point of consideration, the areas Bangkok, Pattaya, Puket and Chiangmai are getting more and more expensive every day. I have a friend from England, who bought a condo in Pattaya for 4,8 million Baht and is now trying to sell it for much less, maybe he will accept 4 million. It is completely furnished, but building a house in the area of Nakhon Ratchasima is much cheaper. In my opinion you can have a house there for 2 million Baht, depending on your demands. It means in US $ about 60.000. I hope this information will suit you.
Hospitals and Universities of Nakhon Ratchasima
Some of the well-equipped and up to date hospitals in the province are Saint Mary’s Hospital and the Bangkok Ratchasema Hospital. Saint Mary’s can be found at the Mitrapap-Nong Khai Highway, and you can call them at 0 4426 1261 and fax them at 0 4425 6600, 0 4425 9418. The Bangkok Ratchasema Hospital can be found at Mitrapap Road, Amphur Muang, and you can call them at 0 4426 2000 or fax them at 0 4426 2017. Other hospitals in the area include the Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, the Golden Gate Hospital, Po-Pat Hospital and Fort Suranaree Hospital.
Colleges and Universities
There are a number of excellent schools in Nakhon Ratchasima, one of which is St. Mary’s College. Considered by many to be the best private high school in the region, it features extensive educational programs in both English and French, and focuses on preparing students for college and eventual careers in the international business arena.
The premier tertiary education establishment in the province is the Nakhon Ratchasima College, which is located on Mitraphap Road, Tambon Banmai, Amphur Muang. The university provides instruction in a wide range of disciplines including law, nursing, various health sciences, liberal arts, information sciences, and business administration. Other tertiary institutions include the Rajamangala University of Technology Isan and the Vongchavalitkul University.
The province is also home to several well-respected technical colleges, among them: Bua Yai Technology Commerce, The Chanapollakan Institute of Technology, The Korat Technology Engineer Commercial College and The Nakornratchasima Technical College.
Commercial Places in Nakhon Ratchasima
There are a lot of choices for shopping in Nakhon Ratchasima, from modern malls to smaller local shops where you can buy anything from fresh produce to electronic equipment, and even local handicrafts.
Everything that you could possibly need for your day-to-day activities can be found in the appropriately named “The Mall”. A large air-conditioned mall located right by the Mittraphap Highway, The Mall features a huge department store in addition to cinemas, a food court, several smaller specialty shops, chain fast food restaurants, and even a mini indoor park for the kids. The other shopping venues include the Big C Supercenter located on Mittrahap-Nong Khai Road, the Klang Plaza Atsadang located on Atsadang Road, the Klang Plaza Chomsurang on Chomsurangyat Road, IT City on Mittrahap Road, Makro on Mittraphap-Nong Kai Road and the Tesco Lotus Hypermarket on Mittraphap Road.
British nationals will be pleasantly surprised to find a branch of Tesco–actually called Tesco-Lotus–here in Nakhon Ratchasima, and it should help keep them from missing home so much! Here you can find almost any type of grocery item that you have back home, such as orange juice, breakfast cereal, chocolates, biscuits and even common toiletries and personal care products. Tesco-Lotus is also a great place to hunt for bargain clothes.
Service Establishments of Nakhon Ratchasima
One of the most active Internet providers in Nakhon Ratchasima is the True Internet Company, which revolutionized the country’s Internet market by introducing hi-speed Internet services that utilize wireless broadband technology in 2006. Initially available only in Nakhon Ratchasima, the company plans to expand its services to other provinces as well.
True Internet can be reached at 18 True Tower, Ratchadaphisek Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 and you can call them at Customer Care 0-2900-9000. You can also call these numbers for specific services: 0-2900-8000 for ADSL service and 0-2900-9000 Ext. 8 Ext. 2 for other services. If you need more information, their website is http://www.truecorp.co.th.
Embassies in Nakhon Ratchasima
Any diplomatic concerns that you may have while in Nakhon Ratchasima should be directed to the British Embassy in Bangkok. You can find them at 14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. You can also call them at the following telephone numbers: +66 (0) 2 305 8333 for the main embassy line, (66) (2) 305 8229 for consular assistance, and (66) (2) 305 8333 (you will need to press 2) for Visa related information.
They also have a few fax numbers available, depending on the particular department that you wish to contact. The numbers are:
(66) (2) 305 8372 for chancery,
(66) (2) 255 8619 for commercial concerns or general information,
(66) (2) 255 9278 for management issues,
(66) (2) 255 6051 for consular assistance, and
(66) (2) 254 9579 for visa related inquiries.
Each particular department has their own office hours, so you should be aware of these if you want to avoid long waits. These are: 0730 to 0930 from Monday to Thursday, and 0730 to 1030 on Fridays for the Visa Section, 0800 to 1100 and 1300 to 1530 from Monday to Thursday and 0800 to 1200 on Fridays for the Consular Section, and finally 0800 to 1200 and 1245 to 1630 on Monday to Thursday and 0800 to 1300 on Fridays for all other departments.