Phimai candle procession 2017

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.

Phimai candle festival 2017

Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with wax figures and designs that mostly show Buddhist related themes.

Phimai candle festival 2017

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.Phimai candle procession route 2014

Children from local schools also participate in the parade, dancing, playing music or dressed up to show different themes.

Candle procession parade 2017

Tomorrow there will be a candle procession in Korat. See if you can get to it, or see you in Phimai next year.

Gyms and fitness centres in Phimai town

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 Fitness is 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.

Phimai gyms and fitness centres

Location map of gyms/fitness centres in Phimai town.

Volleyball in Phimai – April 2017

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.

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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.

volleyball Phimai

Location map for the Phimai volleyball competition, April 2017.

Phimai in bloom – March 2017

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.

The Phimai circuit 2016

The Phimai circuit is a series of  three 5km road running races in Phimai town.  The races are held two months apart. The dates for this year’s Phimai circuit road races are below.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Saturday 30 July 2016

Saturday 24 September 2016

Phimai 5km road running circuit 2016

Racing is scheduled to start at 6am from in front of Phimai Hospital.

Phimai hospital - 5km run start-finish line

Location map of Phimai Hospital.