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Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes and other routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province

Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4b, Getting to and around Korat by Bus. Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4cc, Korat Railway Station

Getting to Korat by train ( see also next page )

Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station ( Hua Lamphong ) daily and can take anything from four to six hours depending on what type of train you catch. Twelve trains a day leave Bangkok for Korat. The times are 5:45, 6:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20, 18:30, 18:55, 20:00, 20:30, 21:50, 22:25 and 23:40. Fares are very reasonable for the 264 km journey. The cheapest ticket on the cheapest train is around 50 Baht. There are two stations in Nakhon Ratchasima. The main station is on Mukmontri Road about two km's from the city centre. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis at the front of the station will take you to the Yamo area for around 60 and 40 Baht respectively. Catch songthaws 1 or 14 opposite the station also to convey you toward the city centre.The other station - Thanon Chira - is more centrally located. It is just to the south of the previously described old city Tickets from Bangkok are just a couple of Baht extra to go to Thanon Chira instead of the main station, and if you are heading for the city centre it is well worth getting off here.

By plane

Happy Air  launched a new service in August 2010 after a three year hiatus in flights to and from Korat. Flights between Korat and Chiang Mai operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And flights between Korat and the capital operate on every day of the week. Flights to Phuket, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin and Luang Prabang in Laos are reported to be starting up in September or October 2010.

By tuk-tuk in Korat

The three wheeled buzz boxes are plentiful in the city. They congregate in large numbers outside shopping centres, department stores, the two bus stations and train station. And individuals will be dotted along all the busy roads.

Happily, the reputation that tuk-tuk drivers have for ripping off tourists in places like Phuket and Pattaya does not generally apply in Korat. The fare from the main bus station to Yamo / city centre is 60 Baht. Agree on this price before you get in. Fares typically go up in multiples of 20 and start at 40 Baht.

Remember, this is not a tourist city so your driver will not speak English. He ( it's always a man ) may know the names of some hotels and will understand Yamo, but that is about it. This is a prime example of where a smattering of Thai can go a long way.

Motorbike taxi in Korat

Wherever you find tuk-tuks you will find motorbike taxis. Their fares are generally two-thirds to three-quarters those of tuk-tuks ( i.e., a 60 Baht tuk-tuk fare will be 40 Baht on a motorbike etc ). Some riders even put up a list of fares as if to prove that they do not just make up prices. You are certainly a long way from tourist rip-off territory here.

Safety is obviously a concern for a lot of travellers when it comes to motorcycle taxis. Only you can decide if you want to risk it or not,  but the rider should at least provide a helmet.