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.
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 museum is a ‘national’ museum. ‘National’ simply means it is owned by the state and is not a private museum.
The main museum building is on two floors but there is also an annex containing stone lintels and other stone items.
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.
Phimai museum also has information about the Phimai Historical park and its restoration and renovation.
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.
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.