Answers Korat

The gateway to Isaan

Nakhon Ratchasima

The 'Yamo Entrance' at the junction of Ratchadamnoen Rd and Hwy 224

Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา), usually referred to as Khorat (โคราช) or, more commonly Korat, is the largest city in the Isaan region of Thailand. Its proximity to Bangkok and Isaan make it a good jumping-off point for travellers who are heading into Isaan. It has excellent transport links to the rest of the country and beyond. Hwy 2 (Bangkok to Nong Khai) runs through the city, as does the northeast railway line which splits in the east of the city: one line runs up to Nong Khai and the other, to Ubon Ratchathani. There are buses which run to just about every city in the northern, northeastern, and eastern regions. You can even get buses to Vientiane in Laos and to the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet.

The city itself has a population of around 200,000 (Nai Muang district), but the entire urban sprawl of the Nakhon Ratchasima metropolitan area (Muang Nakhon Ratchasima) has a population of approaching half a million. Despite the size of the city, it is not a favoured holiday destination for the average foreign traveller. Instead, visitors are more likely to base themselves in the city as they visit nearby tourist destinations such as Khao Yai National Park, Phimai, and Phanom Rung.

Ya Mo

Thao Suranari (Thai: ท้าวสุรนารี) is the royally bestowed title of Lady Mo, (also known as Ya Mo (ย่าโม, "Grandma Mo") (1771–1852)
The generally accepted version is that, when the Lao invaders ordered the women to cook for them, Lady Mo requested knives so that food might be prepared. That night, when the invaders were asleep, she gave the knives to the imprisoned men. They surprised the Lao troops, who fled, and the prisoners escaped.
Read the whole story here

Korat Cat

The Korat Cat   is a silver-tipped blue-grey, short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat.

The Korat is known colloquially as the "good luck cat".


Climate in Korat

hottest it has ever gotten was 42.2 °C (108 °F) 
coldest it has ever gotten was  8.3 °C (46.9 °F)
Humidity: 61% to 80% not to bad
There are generally three seasons in the region: 

Hot (February - May), 

Rainy (May - October), 
Cold (October - February).

In the hot season, temperatures in Korat  

low about 20 °C (68.7 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F)

high about 33.6 °C (92.5 °F) to 36.5 °C (97.7 °F).

In the rainy season, temperatures in Korat  

low about 23.2 °C (73.8 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F)

high about 31 °C (87.8 °F) to 35 °C (95 °F).

In the cold season, temperatures in Korat  

low about 18.3 °C (64.9 °F) to 22.8 °C (73 °F) , 

high about 29.3 °C (84.7 °F) to 33.6 °C (92.5 °F).

Average rainy days:

Jan = 1.0, 

Feb = 2.3, 

Mar = 5.4, 

Apr = 8.4, 

May = 13.9, 

Jun = 12.9, 

Jul = 14.3, 

Aug = 17.3, 

Sep = 18.6, 

Oct = 12.3, 

Nov = 3.9, 

Dec = 0.9

My experience on the climate

I have been here almost a year, and found the climate to be warm and a bit humid at times, but mostly it is mild compared to Bangkok. during the rainy season it rained maybe 1 15 minute jont a day, but mostly it was weekly. 5 minutes and gone, it is the end of October and it is raining more frequently, 2 times a week and for 30 minutes. it mostly rains at night time. it is pretty hard too. you can always tell when it is going to rain. the wind picks up and the trees start to move vigorously. the the rain comes. it has been 80 to 95 most of the time. it dips to the upper 70s at night. the humidity is dryer than Bangkok by a lot.

Getting here

My Experience:

Best way to get from BKK to Mo Chit Station:  Airport Rail Link is at the bottom floor of the airport

From Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai. DO NOT take the Express Line, it will cost you three times than the City Line. So, take the Airport Rail Link "City Line" to Phaya Thai, it is the terminus of the line. Do not worry.

From Airport Link Phaya Thai Station you just need to walk the skywalk to BTS Skytrain Phaya Thai (it's easy with obvious signage!), then take the BTS skytrain to Mo Chit. Get off in Mo Chit, once again it is the terminus! Do not worry.

From Mo Chit Station, take EXIT #3. Take the city bus number 77 (AC) or number 3 (non-AC), get off at Mo Chit Bus Station. Once again it is the terminus! Do not worry about where to stop. You will be dropped in a market really nearby the bus station, just ask people or the security guards around about where the terminal hall is. It is easy and people are really helpful.

COST:

Airport Rail Link "City Line" / Suvarnabhumi - Phaya Thai / 45 Baht 1.37 usd

BTS Skytrain / Phaya Thai - Mo Chit / 30 Baht  0.92 usd

City Bus 77 AC / Mo Chit BTS - Mo Chit Bus Station / 13 Baht 0.4 usd, or a taxi to the bus tell hime 60 baht 1.83 usd

The price is 191 baht, one-way from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima.  5.83 usd


Windows 52 and 53 - Air Korat Pattana. Window 52 for buses to the new bus station and window 53 for buses to the old bus station. It's been known for the vendor to just sell a ticket for the next departing service. If you really want to go to the old bus station ("bok kor sor gow") make sure you buy your ticket from the vendor at window 53 and that your ticket has the number 1 on it somewhere. This denotes the old bus station whereas a 2 denotes the new.

After you have purchased your ticket the vendor will point to a number on the ticket. This is the bay where you can catch your bus. Overhead signs will guide you there, just like following a gate number at an airport.

 Note:  these are big White Buses

Just to let you know it is a 4 hour bus ride, but the Stewardess will take care of you.

You are here now what:

Take a Songthaew, its a pickup with benches in the back. or a Tuk Tuk. they both are good priced. I went to the V49 Apartments. it was a good location, clean and good people.

The Address is: Soi Suebsiri 49, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30000
The Phone Number is: 044 353 449
Rooms are 480 to 500 baht a night. 14.64 to 15.26 a night usd
I found the best way to get a room is look on google map at the area you want. then type hotel in the search area. boom you will find many. I am telling you about V49 because I stayed there, there might be better, but they did me right. Hotel