The city of Nakhon Ratchasima, more commonly known as Korat, is a northern Thai city of some 165,000 people. It has a lively history, first built as a fortified town to defend against attacks from the northeast and later occupied, before being freed by the city's beloved Lady Mo, to whom the Statue of Lady Mo in the city center is dedicated. Expats living in Korat have plenty of shopping, great local food, a delightful warm, steady climate of 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit and the vibrant downtown of Korat to enjoy. The city also has an English-language monthly newspaper, The Korat Post, as well as a great selection of schools, universities and hospitals. As an expat living in Korat, you can enjoy the vibrancy and cultural energy of a larger city which is still small enough to get to know relatively easily.
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The city does have an airport, the Nakhon Ratchasima Airport, but despite repeated attempts it is not yet served by passenger flights. Until this is achieved, expatriates moving to Korat will generally find the best option is to fly to Bangkok and then take a train, taxi or bus on to Korat. To get a fuller picture of what to expect from expatriation in this part of the world, you might like to have a look at our online content written by InterNations members, which is full of accounts, hints and tips. You can also get plenty of reliable information on things like cross-cultural communication, living abroad, expat finance, insurance and so on in our Expat Magazine, also on the InterNations website. This should give you the advice and information you need to settle in easily and quickly as an expatriate in Korat.
Perhaps the first thing every expat moving to Korat will notice is that the city is considered to be a gateway to the northeast of Thailand. For tourists, it is a good base from which to visit local sites like the Khao Yai National Park and Phanom Rung. For locals, it is a stop along the route from Bangkok to the country's northeast. Expatriates working in Korat will find the city energetic – in fact, often somewhat hectic – and full of great food, shopping and cultural life. You might want to take time out of the city's buzz at some point and get in touch with other expats in Korat, and InterNations’ forums and private messages are the ideal platform to organize meet-ups, find other global minds and network. Once that's done, you can get back out into the vibrant city itself and enjoy the wonderful culture, energy and buzz of this charming Thai city.