Sai Ngam or “Beautiful Banyan Tree” is two kilometres from Phimai. It is a recreation place which provides more than 15,000 square feet of shady area. Food stands for snacks and drinks are also available.
Dan Kwian is situated on Highway No. 24, about 14 kilometers from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima is a village noted for the unique pottery widely used for interior and outdoor decoration. The clay at Dan Kwian has a specially marvelous quality of tough, ductile texture and the color of rust which are beyond comparison and the quantity is fantastic. Such clay cannot be found anywhere else but Dan Kwian and when added with proper heating process and attractive design, the earthwares are irresistible.
Prang Ku is in Wat Ban Ku School, Tambon Don Tanin. Take Highway No. 2 for about 74 kilometres, then turn left at the highway police kiosk to Ban Non Ta Then for around 6 kilometres and turn right to Wat Ban Ku School. The site is a small Khmer pagoda with a square base, built of layers of laterite from bottom to top. However, much of it is in ruins, only part of the low base remains. Inside the pagoda are 4-5 fired clay Buddha images.
Decorated Plants, Flower Garden, and Organic vegetable Plantation are Located in Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, it covers an area of approximately 60 sq.km. The Plantation cultivates over 40 kinds of Thai fruits such as rambutan, Mangosteen, longan, lamyai, lichee, etc.
Ban Prasat Archaeological Site is 42 kilometers away from Nakhon Ratchasima along the Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen route. Skeletons, ornaments, and artifacts and potteries were discovered here. It is presumed that this area has continuously been inhabited during the past 3,000 years up to present.
This site, called Arokhayasan (a hospital) by the ancient Khmers, was built in the 13th century during the reign of King Chaiworaman VII and comprises of 2 groups of buildings situated close together. The more complete pagodas face the east and are surrounded by a laterite wall. To the northeast outside the wall is a pool and another group of historical buildings where many beautiful lintels are found.
The site can be reached by taking Highway No. 2 for about 62 kilometers to Ban Wat intersection. From there turn right onto Highway No. 207 and proceed for about 22 kilometers to Ban Ya Kha (or about 11 kilometers before reaching Prathai town) and turning left and proceeding 4 kilometers to the sanctuary.
Prang Sida is similar to Prang Ku at Tambon Don Tanin, but this pagoda is closed on all 4 sides. It was a Brahman religious site, dated from around the 12th-13th Buddhist centuries, that was constructed entirely of laterite in the ancient Khmer style with sculpted plaster designs facing the east and an outer wall surrounding the site. From the Khorat city, take Highway No. 2 for about 84 kilometers to Sida intersection and turn right onto Highway No. 202 (to Amphoe Prathai) for about 1.5 kilometers, then take a left and proceed for about 2 kilometers to the temple.
This garden has over 300 kinds of tropical and temperate flowering, decorative, fruit bearing as well as perennial plants. After touring the garden visitors can try the house specialty, ostrich steaks, at the restaurant overlooking the reservoir of Lam Ta Khong Dam. Basic tourist facilities provided. Please contact the management in advance.
Location: 204/44 Mu 1, Mittraparp Highway, Tambon Khlong Phai, Amphoe Sikhio, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340. Tel. (66) 4432-3459-60, (66) 4432-3263. Fax (66) 4436-3264.
Phra Non Sema is located 4 kilometers from Amphoe Sung Noen, is a Reclining Buddha image made of red sand stone which is the most ancient and largest in Thailand. The image is assumed to be built since 1200 B.E. There are various evidences of archaeology found within the area such as bronze Buddha images, Buddha terracotta printing images, glass beads and inscribing stone.
Wat Thammachak Semaram is in Ban Khlong Khwang in Tambon Sema. The place used to be a religious site in the Dvaravati period. The important artefact here is a huge reclining Buddha image made of red sandstone that stretches from north to south. It is 13.30 metres long and 2.80 metres high. It dates from 657 AD. The head is south and faces east. The face is somewhat square and made of 4 sandstone slabs on top of one another. The body is composed of sandstone blocks stacked vertically. Moreover, there is an old sandstone Buddhist symbol in the form of a cartwheel. The bottom part is the face of a forest keeper. It is kept in a pavilion. Other artefacts include bronze Buddha images, fired clay images, glass beads, a fired clay loom, and a stone inscription tablet. They are on display in Phimai National Museum.