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Phimai (พิมาย) is a small town in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand.

Understand

Khmer temple, Phimai

Get in

Local buses run approx. every 20 minutes (06:00-19:00) from the nearby provincial capital of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Khorat). The local bus may stop on the road leading to the Khmer ruins; if you see a Khmer temple, by all means get off.

From points North, disembark at Talad Kae, and wait for the local bus as above. The fare from Nong Khai is 200 Baht to Talad Kae, and then 13 Baht from there to Phimai.

Get around

The town itself is quite small and can be easily explored on foot. Visiting the Banyan Tree requires renting a bicycle, motorcycle, or taxi.

See

Phimai is famous for the Phimai Historical Park and its Khmer temples, among the best-preserved in Thailand and similar (if much smaller) than those at Angkor Wat. It opens daily from 7:30AM and costs 100 baht for foreigners. Parts of the park are older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Includes Khmer buildings, sculptures leading to the shrine, restaurant, and gift shop.

The largest banyan tree in Thailand is located approximately 2 km outside the center of town.

Do

Phimai is famous for the Phimai Historical Park and its Khmer temples, among the best-preserved in Thailand and similar (if much smaller) than those at Angkor Wat. It costs 100 baht for foreigners and is opens daily from 7:30AM to 6:00pm. Parts of the park are older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Includes Khmer buildings, sculptures leading to the shrine, restaurant, and gift shop.

The largest banyan tree in Thailand is located approximately 2 km outside the center of town.

Buy

The night market takes place every evening in the center of town (16:00-21:00). The Monday market takes place each Monday on the outskirts of town, near the new bus terminal and the Phimai Inn. The 8 market takes place on the 8th, 18th, and 28th of each month beyond the South Gate of Phimai, alongside the road leading to Baitey's and the Vocational School.

Eat

The night market offers cheap food for more adventurous visitors (don't expect to be able to identify everything on display). Baitey's Restaurant, in its new location 1 km south of the city center, serves popular Thai and Chinese dishes, along with a few Western staples, in a scenic open-air setting. A small restaurant behind the 7-11, KHRU POM, is another good choice with an extensive English and Thai menu.

Drink

The most obvious choice for late-night entertainment is a restaurant next to the 7-11 and across from the night market, in the center of town. Serving beer and whiskey until 01:00-02:00, it's a popular spot for young Thais (and foreigners) to gather for celebrations and musical performances. A young man plays guitar and sings every evening and will even play a handful of popular English songs if a foreigner is present. There are also various karaoke bars scattered in and around the city.

Sleep

  • Boonsiri Guesthouse, 228 Jomsudasadej Rd, Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand 30110 (50 meters far from Phimai Historical Park and in the center of Phimai city.), 66 (0)44471159 (, fax: 66 (0)44471159), [1]. Clean and in the center. Dorms 150B, double with fan 400B double with air con 500B. Social area upstairs, library, and Thai cafe with Western breakfasts. 150B/400B/500B.
  • Phimai Hotel in the heart of the town offers air-conditioned rooms.
  • Phimai Inn is slightly more upscale and has a swimming pool and restaurant, but is a hike from town.
  • Khru Pom Restaurant & Guesthouse is 30 mtrs down a small lane just beside the downtown 7-11 ( 276 Moo 2, T Naimuang ), Tel: 044-471541,Mobile: 083-9930251. Clean, modern rooms with a/c from 300 baht. Food in the restaurant is excellent. Try the fish fried with Lemon Grass.

Get out

You can either go back to Nakhon Ratchasima or take the road north to Khon Kaen.


Routes through Phimai
Nong KhaiKhon Kaen  N noframe S  Nakhon RatchasimaSaraburi





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