Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province
The main road into the city is Highway 2 ( Mittraphap Road ) which originates in
Saraburi and ends in Nong Khai. The Mall, Tesco Lotus and several hotels are situated
next to it. Shortly after The Mall, it bears left, goes past the main bus station
and onto Khon Kaen. To the north of the city it joins with the bypass also known
somewhat confusingly as Highway 2.
The road network within the city is, for the most part, an American-style grid system.
Therefore, once you are familiar with the place, it is easy to find your way around.
But if you are new in town it can be a nightmare as every road looks the same. This
is particularly the case in the moated historic centre of the city.
The moat encloses the original city - almost a perfect rectangle, one and a half
km's by one km - and consists of seven main roads that run east to west: Phonsaen,
Yommarat, Atsadang, Chomphon, Mahat Thai, Supphasit and Kamheng-Songkhram, and six
main roads that run north to south: Chumphon ( not to be confused with Chomphon ),
Jagkree, Manat, Pratchak, Kudan and Phonlan. The English spelling of Thai words is
an inexact science so do not be surprised to see variations on these spellings in
different guide books, on maps and on street signs.
For example, Jagkree is sometimes spelled Chakrii; Phonsaen can be Polsan; Chomphon
can be Jompol; Supphasit may have no h; Atsadang may have double s and no t; Pratchak
may have no t, and so on. To add to your confusion, the names of Jagkree Road and
Pratchak Road change south of their intersections with Chomphon Road: to Watchara
Sarit Road and Chai Narong Road respectively.
The obvious geographical reference point for travellers is the statue of Thao Suranaree
( or Yamo ). Every tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi, Songthaew and taxi driver will understand
Yamo so you should not have any problem getting there. She stands between Chumphon
and Ratchadamnoen Roads.
Both of these are one way streets and from Ratchadamnoen you can catch songthaws
to just about every part of the city. Ratchadamnoen ends where it meets Highway 224.
Turn left onto Highway 224 and it becomes Highway 2 ( Mittraphap ) after about a
kilometre. Turn right, and the 224 takes you east and then south towards Dan Kwian
pottery village and Chok Chai.
At Chok Chai ( 30 km's south of the city ) the 224 crosses Highway 24 which goes
to Buri ram, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.
Three main roads lead off Ratchadamnoen: Chomsurangyat, Pho Klang and Suranaree.
These are busy two-way thoroughfares and all three converge a kilometre and a half
west of Yamo to form Mukmontri Road which leads back to Highway 2.