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Northeastern Thailand
270 km from Bangkok
Province of Nakhon Ratchasima
S Thai prononciation : Pee Maï


Recomm. stay
1 à 2 jours


General Information about Phimai

Small charming town, Phimai is famous for its Khmer temple, the Prasat Phimai, one of the finest of its kind in Thailand. In the center of the city, it is the only monument in the Phimai Historical Park. Its architecture reminds of Angkor Wat built a century later and partly inspired by Phimai temple. Another curiosity in the city is the Sai Ngam or Banyan Tree, a park on a small island entirely composed of roots and branches of one singla banyan tree. Visitors can stroll in the shade, in the vaults of this small extraordinary forest. An enchanting setting with a small pond in which clouds reflect.
The city, ancient walled city, has still a few shares of its walls and four partly restored doors. The most complete one is Pratu Chai just behind the bus terminal. Meru Boramathat, a chedi on a small hill one the main place, also reflects Phimai's past. And for those who want to knowmore about this past, the Phimai National Museum is waiting. At night, do not miss the small night market near the clock Tower, one of our favorite night markets in Thailand. A must to discover the popular Thai food and the special atmosphere of these markets. Compose your dinner yourself by strolling between the stalls, you will enjoy tasty food for very cheap. Just for this market, you should sleep at least one night In Phimai. And you probably will fall under the spell of Phimai. This city really deserves a stop. A small provincial town like we love with a beautiful temple...

Accommodations in Phimai

If you choose to sleep in Phimai, and I recommend it for its night market and the city's atmosphere, the options won't be that numerous. There are only a few hotels and guesthouses here but enough to accommodate tourists staying in Phmai except during the Phimai Festival, the 2nd weekend of November. Then, if you have not booked in advance, it is impossible to find a room in Phimai city. Whatever accommodation you choose in town, you will always be within walking distance to the temple de Phimai or its night market which takes place near the clock tower. Personally, I recommend Paradise Hotel, for me, the best value for money in Phimaï and they rents motorbikes and bicycles.

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Practical information about Phimai

Most of the time visitors are just going to Phimai to visit the temple and go back to Nakhon Ratchasima or Buriram. Therefore the city has relatively few options to sleep. However, we advise you to stay for the night. In high season (November-March), especially during the weekend of the festival, check just before you get there that there is still room for you by calling the hotel or guesthouse you chose. Note that you can rent bikes at the Boonsiri Guesthouse.
From October to late April, a small sound and light show is presented on the last Saturday of each month. A bigger show and traditional boat races on the Lam Chakarat river (behind Pratu Hin) take place for the Phimai Festival the second weekend of November.

How to get around in Phimai ?

It is very easy to visit Phimai by walking, the monuments in the city are close to each other. There is only Sai Ngam which is a bit of a walk (20 minutes). Some hotels or guesthouses like the Paradise Hotel rent bicycles. Otherwise, near the clock tower you can sometimes find tuk-tuks and there are always motorcycle taxis.

Festivals in Phimai ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Phimai. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
mini sons et lumières

Mini sons et lumières

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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phimai festival and boat race

Phimai Festival and Boat Race

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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How to ask in Thai to go to Phimai ?

I want to go to Phimai / Yak paï ti Pee Maï.
Where is Phimai ? / Pee Maï you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Phimai

Sai Ngam ( Banyan Tree )

My opinion :
Park formed by the roots and branches of one single tree. Its located on a little pond.

Phimai temple

My opinion :
which houses Prasat Phimai, one of the finest examples of Khmer temple in Thailand. Its architecture reminds of Angkor Wat in many ways.

Phimai National Museum

My opinion :
This small museum is a great introduction to the history of Phimai and the region when it was ruled by the Khmer Empire. it helps to set the context when visiting Prasat Hin Phimai, the city's Khmer temple.

Weather & climate in Phimai

In Phimai, there are usually three seasons: a warm season (February - May), a rainy season (May - October) and a cold season (October - February). During the cold season, the minimum temperatures in Nakhon Ratchasima province, fall around 18 °C and even 12 °C in some rural areas.

The best time to come to Phimai is from November to April, the least advised moment is in September which remains much less rainy than in the southern provinces.

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