Here is a selection of photographs I have taken of birds in Phimai district. Some of them were in Phimai town and others outside the town in more rural areas.
In Phimai, as in some other towns and cities in Thailand, a parade or procession is held which is commonly called a candle festival or candle procession. It is a procession or parade of wax decorated floats which have a large candle making up part of the decoration.
Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with figures that mostly show Buddhist related themes.
The decorated floats are judged and prizes are given to the winners of each category. One of this year’s winners was the float from wat burapa-pimon – shown above and below.
There are also prizes for groups of people from local communities who dress up and enter the parade either walking or with a float. In the morning, the procession goes around the old part of the town starting and finishing at the Town Clock. Prize winners are announced in the area near the Town Clock, marked in dark red on the map below.
Candle processions in Thailand take place around the start of Buddhist Lent (kao pansa – เข้าพรรษา). The start of Buddhist Lent in 2014 is 12 July. The candle procession in Phimai takes place the day before Buddhist Lent, which is today, 11 July 2014,
In Korat, the candle procession will take place tomorrow, 12 July in 2014, the start of Buddhist Lent in Thailand. Buddhist Lent in Thailand continues for three months. The end of Buddhist Lent (ork pansa – ออกพรรษา) in Thailand in 2014 will be on 8 October.
There is a small cinema in Phimai town. It is located at the junction of Haruethairom Road and Suriya-atsadong Road. The entrance is on Suriya-atsadong Road.
The cinema is clean, modern and air conditioned. There is no food for sale inside the cinema but there is a small shop next to the cinema that sells snacks and soft drinks.
The cost of entrance is 50 baht per person. It is the same price for everyone. There are no concessions – not even for children.
Pay your money to the attendant at the door (no tickets will be issued), enter the building and immediately turn right and walk up the short flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs is a door. Enter the door and find a seat. The cinema has seats for approximately 150 people.
Map showing the location of the cinema in Phimai town, Nakhonratchasima province.
Phimai town now has two cinemas. The new cinema, EGV, is located inside the Tesco Lotus supermarket building. It opened on 20th October 2016.
Below is a map showing the location of the new EGV cinema.
The banyan tree, or sai ngaam/ไทรงาม in Thai, is a tourist attraction in Phimai town.
The banyan tree in Phimai is over 350 years old. The old tree has spread out laterally using its arial roots and now covers an area of about 35,000 square feet/3250 square metres. The aerial roots of the banyan tree have grown down into the soil to prop up the plant and those roots have turned into hard, woody stems that look like tree trunks.
A path under the canopy of the banyan tree.
Next to the banyan tree there is a large pond with fish in it. At the nearby stalls, you can buy fish food to feed the fish or you can buy small fishes to release into the pond.
There is also a restaurant area where you can relax, eat some food or drink something.
Below is a map showing the location of the banyan tree in Phimai town, Thailand.
Entrance to the banyan tree in Phimai town is free. The gates are closed at about 6pm.
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.
There are 4 petrol stations in Phimai town and there is a 24 hour self service petrol pump.
Above is the TJ petrol station (TJ Petrol Park) on the bypass near the Phimai Inn and opposite the electricity company local office.
An Esso petrol station is located at the junction of Road 206 and Road 2175 (the road heading towards Nikom and Hin Dat)
There is a Baang Chaak petrol station on the road into the town, near the rice cooperative/rice mill and about 500m from Phimai hospital.
There is a PTT petrol station not far from the Phimai National Museum, on the other side of the road bridge.
In the PTT sign above, you can see the prices and the colour code for each different type of fuel sold. Red is 91 octane benzine (regular petrol). Orange is 95 octane gasohol (bio-fuel). Green is 91 octane gasohol (bio-fuel). Blue is diesel. Yellow is used for 95 octane benzine (regular fuel) but it is rare to find it nowadays. Petrol prices change quite frequently.
The 24 hour self service petrol pump is located at the junction of Ratchanonilela Road and Sa-Gaew Road, at the house/shop business of the local community leader (poo yai baan). See picture above. As you can see, it sells 91 octane benzine (regular petrol).
Below is a map showing the locations of where you can buy petrol in Phimai town.
A=Bang Chaak, B = PTT, C = Self service pump, D = TJ Park, E = Esso
You might also find somebody selling petrol by the bottle. There is such a place in Phimai town opposite the entrance to wat bung (wat burapa).
The PTT petrol station in town is now closed. A sign says it is for renovation but it has been closed for a few months now and I can see no work being done.
However, its closure coincided with the opening of a new PTT petrol station just outside the town, on the road leading to Korat. The new PTT petrol station has a 7/11 shop and a small food area.
There is a method of cooking grilled duck that is called after the town or district of Phimai – Phimai duck.