Hot

It has been very hot in Phimai for the last few days. It is 38C again today.

Temperature in Phimai 38 C

I read a newspaper report from the UK yesterday saying that a heatwave is coming there soon: 20 to 21 C. Oh how I laughed.

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Bats

Yesterday we had a couple of unexpected visitors – a pair of bats.

Bats in Phimai, Thailand

They looked quite big. I don’t know what kind of bat they are.

Last year we had a single, smaller visitor.

Bat Phimai Thailand

Bat in Phimai Thailand

Bats in Phimai.

Phimai “mini-marathon” 2017

Early this morning, Phimai town hosted some road races; 10.5km, 5km and a 4km fun run.Phimai December 2017

There was a big turnout.

Runners waiting at the start line.

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And they’re off!

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Sprinting for the line in the men’s 10.5km race.Phimai

Phimai 03.12.17

Below, winning the 4km fun run.

Phimai 03.12.17

Below, winners receiving their prizes.

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Free T-shirt for the runners included in the price of entry.

Phimai 2017

Trophies

Phimi mini marathon trophies 03.12.17

Phimai running club members gather for a post-race group photo.

 

Dragonflies in Phimai

A selection of photographs of dragonflies I have seen in Phimai district.

1 . Common redbolt (Rhodothemis rufa)

2. Yellow-striped flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis)

Variegated flutterer

3. Variegated flutterer (Rhyothemis variegata)   4. Blue adjudant (Aethriamanta aethra)

5. Pied paddy skimmer (Neurothemis tullia)

6. Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina sabina)

 

Phimai festival 2017

This year’s Phimai festival takes place from the 8th to the 12th of November 2017.

Events and activities include a Korat cat contest, a cultural show at Phimai historical park and longboat racing. Longboat racing will take place during the last 2 days of the festival – the 11th and 12th of November 2017 – in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. You can view the racing along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.

Phimai festival 2017

Teams have been out practising for the long boat racing.

Phimai festival 2017

Come along next month and cheer them on and enjoy the Phimai festival.

Pictures from Phimai – October 2017

A few photographs taken in Phimai this month.

1. A rural scene only a few kilometres from the town centre.

2. Phimai barrage dam gates fully open.

3. People having fun playing in flood water.

4. Inside the Phimai rice research centre.

5. Inundated trees.

6. Sunset at the bypass junction – 22 October 2017.

7. Rural sunset – 24 October 2017.

The “city pillar” in Phimai

A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.

หลักเมืองพิมาย

The city pillar is covered and is used as a shrine (ศาล) to house the local guardian spirit – “jao-por lak-meuang pimai – เจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย”. ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย

Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.

city pillar Phimai หลักเมือง

The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.