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Offline marco128

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Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« on: June 20, 2012, 05:00:30 AM »
Hi,
First please excuse my english as I am French  ;)

My wife is Thai and she's from Phimai near Korat. We've been there many times but now we have 2 childs (8 and 4 years old) and beside the pool at the mall we don't know much of the city. Oh yes we've been also at the zoo (quite nice for a day). Phimai and Sai ngam we've done many times.

Could you tell us please of any other interesting things to do, family oriented, in Korat or nearby.
I'm looking for things like fun parks, rafting, bowling and so on. Like this my wife get to see her family without the children complaining (although they like to play with other kids in the village but it's fun only the first few days).

We are coming in july. My plan is to visit Kao Yai so if you know any good place to stay there I'm also grateful.


Thanks for your help, this forum is great to get some news from Korat.

Marc
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 07:20:19 AM »
If you like Khao Yai, try also Wang Nam Keow.

The petrified forest museum near Kok Kruat is of interest to children.

You can use the swimming pools at Rooks Country Club and Golf and at Korat Resort. Korat Resort has a good restaurant too.
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 08:00:09 AM »
Bonjour, Marc! Bienvenue à  notre forum! Mon français est nettement moins bonne que celle de votre anglais. Je suis allemand. Je ne vous souhaite une et votre famille un bon moment à Korat.*


 :cheers

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 10:37:15 AM »
Welcome marco.THAIGA
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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 01:30:06 PM »
Thank you all for your warm welcome.
I'll check wang nam keow and the petrified museum.

Is Ban prasat also a good place for children ?

But most of all my childs will be delighted if I can take them to a bowling and, even more, a minigolf. Any luck ?

Marc
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 01:39:00 PM »
Is Ban prasat also a good place for children ?


I would say "no" to that! Have look at the pictures there:

http://www.korat-info.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=62
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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 01:41:25 PM »



But most of all my childs will be delighted if I can take them to a bowling and, even more, a minigolf. Any luck ?

Marc
Mini golf at The Lagoon-Korat Zoo. Hole # 4
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 02:19:25 PM »
Virhan Luang Phor Toh near Sikhiu is a nice place for families, too. Last time I was there they were still building. Should be a lot nicer now. Have a look at pictures from 2009 there:

http://www.korat-info.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=23

When your kids are a little older you can  take them to Wat Pa Lak Roi near Non Thai

http://www.korat-info.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=9

At their present age I would definitely not recommend a visit there
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 10:03:28 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Marco.  There isn't a lot in Korat in the way of activities for children.  You mentioned Prasat, which is a small town that sits along the border of Cambodia.  If you're into gambling there is a casino in walking distance from the border and a night market down the hill. 

Kids love water and the Zoo has an excellent water world for kids.  As SAF suggested, Wang Nam Keow is a really cool place.  If I could choose to live in a place other than Korat city, it would be Wang Nam Keow....lots of resorts, farms, cool weather, etc...It's certainly worth looking into.
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2012, 02:11:23 PM »
THank you all for your kind answers.

Sorry for the delay in my reply as I work a lot before holidays.

A minigolf ! Great news ! Is it at the Korat Zoo (I know only of one, il there are two in Korat please let me know) ?

Now i will definitely go to Wang Nam Keow, it seems a good place to go.

Virhan Luang Phor Toh is the temple built by the movie star ? My wife told me of this place, she wanted to go there on our last trip.

As for the water world at the zoo, last time I went there it was closed. My guess is it's open only during weekends or maybe I was unlucky.

The petrified wood must be nice also.

I guess this time we won't be stuck at the mall  ;D

By the way, is there a park where we could rent a boat or bikes for a ride ?

Thanks again to all of you

Marc

 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2012, 02:19:02 PM »
In Wang Nam Keow there's a resort with a pool and lake and good chalets:

http://www.grumpyexpat.com/blog/2009/03/suansanguansuk-resort-wang-nam.html

They serve breakfast only but there are plenty of restaurants in the area, including one within sight of the front entrance.

You might call in advance any resort up there that interests you to check it's status. Some have been forced to close because they were built illegally.
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2012, 03:55:23 AM »
Thank you Saf for the resort. I'll call them. What kind of thing can you do in Wang Nam Keow ? Sightseeing, trekking and such or just relax ? The grumpy expat sites mentions biking, I guess a child's seat is not an option in Thailand. For these things my wife has become very french minded  ::)

Besides, I found this guest house in Korat, seems nice http://www.bsguesthouse.com/ [nofollow]

Anyone can give me a feedback ?

Thanks !
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2012, 09:24:55 AM »
Even up in Wang Nam Keow, I wouldn't do much out in the open sun other ta swim. It's a weekend playground for Bangkok people so it's about eating, drinking, chilling out and a certain amount of shopping. Local wine can be bought but the quality may be lower than to which you are accustomed. The best things about it are the views, open spaces and fresh air. You can drive from Wang Nam Keow town to Khao Yai along a scenic route where there are many resorts, shops and eating places. On the right is another resort with a decent Thai restaurant but I don't remember the name.

There's something else about the area that I forgot to mention. Weekends are often very busy and so it's best to book for weekdays. Out out season, which I think is now until October, some resort close during the week.

Here's another resort up there:

http://www.grumpyexpat.com/blog/2009/10/jungle-view-resort-wang-nam-ke.html

The owner, Mario, is Slovak but likes things Italian. The restaurant has a good menu - Thai and pan-European. He has some European beers but, sadly, no real beer as is enjoyed in England. There's a pool but I forget whether it's reserved for the family. There's a great view across the valley from the chalets to the National Park. Again, I don't know whether Jungle View was affected by the demolition programme but Mario was still smiling when I saw him in The Mall a couple of weeks ago.

I think I once met the owner of Besson Park. He seemed like a nice chap. He's from Western Europe but I don't remember which country. It looks like a good alternative to a city hotel and is close to the bypass for your trips out of town. The area, Jo Ho (or Cho Ho) has little to offer unless you enjoy dingy urban areas with too much traffic. The resort is set well back from the unpleasantness of Cho Ho, though, so it would probably be an ideal place for you to be based.

If you have time to wander further from Phi Mai, you might consider continuing on southwards from Wang Nam Keow to Bang Saen on the coast. It's more family friendly than Pattaya:

http://www.grumpyexpat.com/blog/2011/09/bang-saen-chonburi-thailand.html
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2012, 02:42:09 PM »
Thank you Saf. Wang Nam Keow seems worth a visit. I also want to go to Kao Yai so I'll try to make booth.

Besson Park seems nice and since I will rent a car, it seems a perfect place (and not expensive).

I have to admit something : I don't drink alcoohol. Nothing about religion or beliefs, just never got the taste right. A shame since I live in Bordeaux, the place to be for wine  :cheers
Even the men in my wife's village have come to know there is no way they can convince me to sit with them and drink (and pay).

As for the coast, I have planned a trip to Koh CHang, a nice place and with the ferry you can keep the car which is great for us.
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2012, 07:40:02 PM »
Teetotallers are quite acceptable here!  A pity you don't enjoy Bordeaux wine, though.

Drinker or not, it's important not to be drawn into being the farang who pays for the booze in the village. You have that right!

Ko Chang was great when I last went there but the beach resorts seem to have grown into hotels. Aim for White Sands Bay.

 

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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2012, 11:34:18 AM »
Agree that Koh Chang is a good choice for the beaches...although it does seem to rain more than the mainland.

I would recommend checking out www.iamkohchang.com before you go.  It's got loads of information on every part of the island and Ian, the guy who writes it, is very helpful if you have any queries.  White Sands is definitely a bit livelier than the rest of the island but, if you are after a quiet time, I can recommend Ian's guest house for a different sort of holiday.  Very relaxed, albeit without a restaurant on-site (although the restaurant on the opposite river bank will pick you up and boat you across for free).  It only has 5 rooms and they tend to book up early so book before you go if you do.

I have not been in Korat long enough to advise you much on the area, but fortunately this forum is full of knowledgeable people who have!

Have a great holiday Marco, and welcome to the forum.

 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2012, 11:40:35 AM »
In addition to the beaches, the sea is clean, shallow and safe for children. There are also elephant rides and the waterfall we visited is worth the short walk. It's worth having a Thai driver's licence for National Park attractions in order to qualify for the Thai entrance prices.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the evening dinners on the sand. I hope that the new hotels still do that.
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2012, 07:22:26 PM »
I went once already to Koh Chang on our last trip 2 years ago and it reminded me a bit of what was Phuket 15-20 years ago. And I got the most precious intel from the site you mentioned  www.iamkohchang.com [nofollow] It's just incredible (but dense). The writer knows the island very well and every place I went that he recommanded lived up to the description.

Thanks for the advice for white sand beach I'll check for facilities there. Last Time I think I went to diamond beach, not so nice from the outside but we had a nice bungalow right on the beach it was great for the kids.

We did the elephant ride and the waterfall It was great. I don't have a Thai driver license so I paid full price.

Thank you again for your help !
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2012, 09:12:16 PM »
Get a licence in Cho Ho. It's quick and cheap and , like Thai applicants, you don't have to prove that you have road sense.
 

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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2012, 10:29:51 PM »
  He will still need a certificate of Residency to apply.

http://driving.information.in.th/driving-licence.html  not all of this information i find correct.
 
Several insurance companies have a fine print stating that the driver should hold a valid Thai driving licence to be fully covered. Besides that: You'll offer the local law enforcement great opportunities by continuing to drive with an international license.

On the positive site: a domestic thai drivers license can, sometimes, be used to avoid paying the typical "farang prices"***. A Thai driver's license is then accepted as sort of proof that the holder is not a tourist.

Having a thai drivers license may sometimes also make police slightly more lenient towards the fact that expats can not carry their passport at all times
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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2012, 11:39:25 PM »
I don't know about the thai licence but I have an International license and I am fully covered by AVIS when I rent the car.

As for offering the local law enforcement great opportunities, do you mean they will try to take money from me ?

Last time I came 2 years ago, I always got by the police roadblocks between Phimai & Korat because of the small AVIS sticker on the windshield.

Also one time I guess they have speed radar as I saw many time cars going too fast being arrested a few km later by the police.
I got stopped one time and I was driving too fast (not so much), again when policeman saw the AVIS sticker he just told me to slow down.

Was I very lucky or what ?
 

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Re: Things to do in Korat for a family holiday
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2012, 07:42:38 AM »
Where can I buy an AVIS sticker?
 

 



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