In Thailand, candle processions take place around the start of Buddhist Lent (kao pansa – เข้าพรรษา). The start of Buddhist Lent in 2017 is Sunday 9th July. The candle procession in Phimai takes place the day before Buddhist Lent, which is today, Saturday 8th July 2017.
Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with wax figures and designs that mostly show Buddhist related themes.
In the morning, starting at about 9am, the procession goes around the old part of the town, starting and finishing at the Town Clock, marked in dark red on the map below.
Children from local schools also participate in the parade, dancing, playing music or dressed up to show different themes.
Tomorrow there will be a candle procession in Korat. See if you can get to it, or see you in Phimai next year.
One colourful tree that has been in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Royal Poinciana (Latin: Delonix regia /Thai: หางนกยูงฝรั่ง – peacock tail), also called the flamboyant tree or flame tree due to its large bright red/orange/scarlet flowers.
This particular flame tree can be found growing in the area near the Banyan Tree.
A cluster of brightly coloured flowers.
The above photograph shows the fruit of the tree – a long woody legume.
A flower of the flamboyant Royal Poinciana tree in Phimai, Thailand.
There are now four gyms in Phimai town and they are located quite close to each other.
MJ Fitness is located on Anantachinda Road, at the junction with Soi Sangat-pattana. It’s about 250m from Phimai Medical hospital. MJ Fitness is open from 9am to 10pm. It costs 50 baht per day, 799 baht per month.
Phimai Fitnessis located in a small road adjacent to Anantachinda Road. It’s about 100m from Phimai Medical hospital. Phimai Fitness is open from 11am to 9pm Mon to Fri, 12pm to 7pm on Saturdays. It costs 40 baht per day, 100 baht for 3 days, 495 baht per month.
Iron Gym is located opposite the old cinema, at the junction of Haruethairom Road and Suriya-atsadong Road. The entrance is on Haruethairom Road. Iron Gym is open from 10am to 10pm every day. It costs 30 baht per day, 690 baht per month.
City Gym is located on Suriya-atsadong Road, about 400m from Iron Gym. City Gym is open from 10am to 9pm every day. It costs 40 baht per day, 699 baht per month.
Location map of gyms/fitness centres in Phimai town.
This week sees the return of of the annual volleyball competition in Phimai town, which is organised by the local government (tetsaban tambon Phimai). The volleyball court is set up in the town centre at laan mayn-promatat, the area of land beside the town clock.
The matches are scheduled to start at 5.30pm and go on until quite late in the evening. The competition this year takes place between the 18th and 26th of April 2017.
Location map for the Phimai volleyball competition, April 2017.
Another tree in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Lagerstroemia Loudonii variety of crepe myrtle (เสลา – salao). The tree’s longitudinally fissured bark helps distinguish the salao from other crepe myrtle varieties in Thailand with similar looking flowers.
One of my favourite plants in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula / ราชพฤกษ์–Ratchapreuk). The flower of the Golden Shower Tree is the national flower of Thailand.
Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) in Phimai, Thailand.