Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima

Often referred to as the Gateway to Issan, Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Khorat, is the biggest province in Thailand. Located at the west end of the Khorat Plateau, Khorat is known for its interesting mix of Thai, Issan, and Khmer culture.

Pak Chong is the westernmost district of Khorat. The famous Khao Yai National Park is located in the southern part of Pak Chong, along with the beautiful Samkanphaeng Mountain Range.

Check out what XploreAsia teacher Fabiana Licata has to say about her experience living and teaching in scenic Pak Chong, Khorat!

What is special and interesting about your town?

“It’s near Thailand’s oldest national park, Khao Yai, which is where the waterfall scenes from The Beach were filmed.”

Where can you go or what can you do to exercise?

“Hike in Khao Yai National Park, cycle long distance, jog at Khaocan Park or near The Bureau of Veterinary Biologics, yoga with Kruple at Hometown, or Mi Fitness Gym at The Mansion, or Mi Fitness Aerobic dance classes at Khaocan Park There is also a pool near Pakchong School.”

Where can you shop for all the necessities?

“Tesco Lotus, various markets, or the mall in Khorat.”

What is your accommodation like?

“I love my apartment. The family is so nice and accommodating. They really care about me. It’s called Baanchomkhao (Mountainview house). I found them on Air BnB, and then asked if I could stay longer term.”

What can you do for fun in the evenings?

“There are bars, restaurants, concerts at Khaocan, and the night market. It’s best to make Thai friends.”

What do you do on the weekends?

“Not much. I’ve been to Khao Yai. You can camp there for the weekend. I tutor on the weekends, eat, shop, and explore new parts of town. You can go to Korat for the day, or Bangkok for the day/weekend.”

What are some tips you could give to new teachers in your town?

“Live close to your school and/or the night market. Driving is dangerous so you should minimize distances. Make Thai friends!”

Do you have a “Thai mom” or anyone in your town that has been incredibly helpful or welcoming?

“There have been many helpful people. I actually have a Thai dad!”

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