Early this morning, Phimai town hosted some road races; 10.5km, 5km and a 4km fun run.
There was a big turnout.
Runners waiting at the start line.
And they’re off!
Sprinting for the line in the men’s 10.5km race.
Below, winning the 4km fun run.
Below, winners receiving their prizes.
Free T-shirt for the runners included in the price of entry.
Phimai running club members gather for a post-race group photo.
A selection of photographs of dragonflies I have seen in Phimai district.
1 . Common redbolt (Rhodothemis rufa)
2. Yellow-striped flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis)
3. Variegated flutterer (Rhyothemis variegata) 4. Blue adjudant (Aethriamanta aethra)
5. Pied paddy skimmer (Neurothemis tullia)
6. Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina sabina)
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.
Teams have been out practising for the long boat racing.
Come along next month and cheer them on and enjoy the Phimai festival.
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.
A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.
The city pillar is covered and is used as a shrine (ศาล) to house the local guardian spirit – “jao-por lak-meuang pimai – เจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย”.
Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.
The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.
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.
The dates for this year’s Phimai Circuit 5km road race series are:
Saturday 20 May 2017
Saturday 22 July 2017
Saturday 23 September 2017
This year the races start from Tao Suranaree school at 6am.
Map showing the location of the race start at Tao Suranaree school, Phimai.