Birds in Phimai

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.

Eurasian tree-sparrow PhimaiEurasian tree-sparrow (นกกระจอกบ้าน – passer montanus)

House sparrow in PhimaiHouse sparrow – male (นกกระจอกใหญ่)

Passer domesticus indicus in PhimaiHouse sparrow – female (นกกระจอกใหญ่)

Plain-backed sparrow in PhimaiPlain-backed sparrow (นกกระจอกตาล)

Ashy wood-swallow PhimaiAshy wood-swallow (นกแอ่นพง)

Barn swallow Phimai ThailandBarn swallow (นกนางแอ่นบ้าน)Scaly-breasted munia PhimaiScaly-Breasted Munia (นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู)นกกระติ๊ดตะโพกขาว PhimaiWhite-rumped Munia (นกกระติ๊ดตะโพกขาว)

Asian golden weaver PhimaiAsian golden weaver (นกกระจาบทอง)

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Phimai candle procession 2014

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.

Candle parade Phimai 2014

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

candle procession winner Phimai

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.

candle procession winner wat bung Phimai

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.

Phimai candle procession route 2014

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,

Phimai candle procession sign 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.

Phimai cinema

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.

Cinema in Phimai town

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.

Phimai cinema show timesMovies are shown twice a day with programmes starting at 12.30pm and 7.30pm.  As far as I know, the movies shown are all dubbed in Thai. When I went, there were no subtitles.

Cinema location map in Phimai

Map showing the location of the cinema in Phimai town, Nakhonratchasima province.

UPDATE

Phimai town now has two cinemas. The new cinema, EGV, is located inside the Tesco Lotus supermarket building. It opened on 20th October 2016.

EGV Phimai

Below is a map showing the location of the new EGV cinema.

EGV cinema in Pimai

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The Banyan Tree in Phimai

The banyan tree, or sai ngaam/ไทรงาม in Thai, is a tourist attraction in Phimai town.

Banyan trees in Phimai, north eastern Thailand

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.

Tha banyan trees in Phimai, Thailand

A path under the canopy of the banyan tree.

Banyan trees, Phimai, Thailand

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.

Pond at sai ngam, Phimai, Thailand

There is also a restaurant area where you can relax, eat some food or drink something.

Restaurant area at sai ngam in Phimai, Thailand

Below is a map showing the location of the banyan tree in Phimai town, Thailand.

Map showing the location of the banyan tree in Phimai town, in Thailand

Entrance to the banyan tree in Phimai town is free. The gates are closed at about 6pm.

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.

Petrol and petrol stations in Phimai town

There are 4 petrol stations in Phimai town and there is a 24 hour self service petrol pump.

TJ Park petrol station in Phimai town, NE Thailand

Above is the TJ petrol station (TJ Petrol Park) on the bypass near the Phimai Inn and opposite the electricity company local office.

Esso petrol station in Phimai town, Thailand

An Esso petrol station is located at the junction of Road 206 and Road 2175 (the road heading towards Nikom and Hin Dat)

Bang-chak petrol station in Phimai town, Thailand

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.

PTT petrol station price sign

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.

24 hour self-service petrol pump in Phimai town, Thailand

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.

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).

 

UPDATE

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.