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Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)
Things to See
A trip to Pimai, 60km (37 miles) northeast of town, is highly recommended to appreciate the wonders of Khmer archaeology, particularly if you have not visited Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Prasat Hin Pimai temple complex (daily 7am–6pm; 100B) has been artfully restored by the same experts who renovated Angkor Wat. Wander the well-maintained grounds and discover Khmer temples that date back to the 11th century, with a few temples in near-perfect condition. While you’re there, stop by the on-site Phimai National Museum (daily, 9am-4pm; 100B) to view centuries-old artifacts from the Dvaravati (estimated 6th to 11th centuries) and Khmer (10th to 14th centuries) eras. The showpiece of the museum is an impressive stone statue of King Jayavarman VII of Angkor Thom. In Khorat, the most intriguing temple houses a sandstone image of Phra Narai (Vishnu), a sacred Hindu deity, at Wat Phra Narai Maharat (daily 8am–8pm), along Prajak Road, where you’ll also find the City Pillar Shrine, which serves as the founding stone for the provincial town.