Interest Attractions in NakornRatchaSima
:: Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
Covering an area of 545 rai (218 acres), the zoo is one of the most modern in Asia. The enclosures are large and landscaped by section to match the habitat of each animal most of which have come from Africa. The most popular animals are penguins, seals, African elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, lions, zebras, and giraffes. There is also a reptile building and a hornbill garden. In addition to being an ideal place to study biology, the zoo is a great place for relaxation as the grounds are decorated with lovely flowers. Other than the shuttle services that are provided to transport visitors around the zoo, there are bicycles available for rent. The zoo is open daily between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. The fee is 10 bahts for children, 30 bahts for adults, and 30 bahts for four-wheel vehicles. For information, call 0 4435 7355, 0 4421 6251-3 or visit www.zoothailand.org.
Muang Sema Historical Site
The Sema City plan, which is egg-shaped, covers an area that is 3 kilometers wide and 4 kilometers long. The city was built around the 12th Buddhist century, flourished during the Dvaravati period and grew until the 16th-17th Buddhist centuries when it came under Khmer influence. Visitors can still see evidence of city moats, earth walls, laterite and sandstone ruins and numerous artifacts. The most interesting ones are the reclining sandstone Buddha image and an old religious relic that is now in Wat Thammachak Semaram.