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.


The “city pillar” in Phimai

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”. 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“.


Phimai national museum

Phimai national museum, Thailand

Phimai National Museum is located in Phimai town. The museum is open from 9am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Phimai national museum entrance

Phimai museum is a ‘national’ museum. ‘National’ simply means it is owned by the state and is not a private museum.

Inside Phimai national museum, Thailand

The main museum building is on two floors but there is also an annex containing stone lintels and other stone items.

Lintel in Phimai national museum, Thailand

Phimai museum contains artifacts from the local area and the lower northeast of Thailand. A lot of the items on display come from the 10-13th centuries but there are also items from later periods. There are quite a few decorative stone lintels in the museum.

Artifacts in Phimai museum, Nakhonratchasima, Thailand

Phimai museum also has information about the Phimai Historical park and its restoration and renovation.

Information about the restoration and renovation of Prasat Hin Phimai

The cost of entrance to the museum is 20 baht for Thai people and 100 baht for foreigners. If you live or work in Thailand you might be able to get in for the local price but that is not guaranteed. Entrance for young children is free.

Phimai museum telephone numbers: (+66) 44-471167,  (+66) 44-481269.

Map showing the location of Phimai national museum, Thailand

Map showing the location of Phimai national museum, Thailand.

Ancient ‘city gates’ in Phimai town

Like other towns and cities in Thailand, Phimai town has a set of ancient gates.

Pratu Chai – Victory gate. It is the south gate.

Pratu Pee – Ghost gate. It is the north gate.

Pratu Hin – Stone gate. It is the west gate.

( The Thai word for gate or door is pratu – ประตู)

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Phimai Historical Park

Phimai is most famous for the Phimai Historical Park.

The temple, Prasat Hin Phimai, is the central attraction of the historical park and was one of the major Khmer temples in ancient Thailand. It was connected with Angkor by an ancient Khmer highway, and oriented so as to face Angkor as its cardinal direction.  Most buildings date from the late 11th to late 12th century and are built of sandstone or laterite blocks.

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