Bats

Yesterday we had a couple of unexpected visitors – a pair of bats.

Bats in Phimai, Thailand

They looked quite big. I don’t know what kind of bat they are.

Last year we had a single, smaller visitor.

Bat Phimai Thailand

Bat in Phimai Thailand

Bats in Phimai.

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Phimai in bloom – April 2017

One colourful tree that has been in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Royal Poinciana (Latin: Delonix regia /Thai: หางนกยูงฝรั่ง – peacock tail), also called the flamboyant tree or flame tree due to its large bright red/orange/scarlet flowers.

หางนกยูงฝรั่งThis particular flame tree can be found growing in the area near the Banyan Tree.

Royal PoincianaA cluster of brightly coloured flowers.

flame tree fruitThe above photograph shows the fruit of the tree – a long woody legume.

Delonix regiaA flower of the flamboyant Royal Poinciana tree in Phimai, Thailand.

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 new court building in Phimai

A new court building has been built at the bypass junction of Phimai town.

Phimai court - new building

The new court building is very much bigger than the old court building, which was near the Phimai Inn and the Electricity authority (PEA) building.

Phimai court sign

Next to the main court building is a new building for the office of the public prosecutor.

Phimai public proecutor office

Office of the State Attorney/Public Prosecutor in Phimai

Phimai prosecutor sign

Court = ศาล (saan)

Public Prosecutor = อัยการ (oy gaan)

Phimai map showing loction of new court building

Map showing the location of the new court building in Phimai town.

Loy gratong festival – How to make your own gratong

How to make your own gratong

It will soon be loy gratong day again. Why not make your own gratong this year instead of buying one? It’s not too difficult if you can get the materials.

making a gratong in Phimai

You will need:
– A slice of banana trunk or foam about 13cm diameter and 3cm thick
– Banana leaves to cover and decorate the base
– Small flowers for decoration
– Three incense sticks
– A small candle
– Scissors
– Pins, toothpicks and a stapler to hold things in place

How to put it together
1. First, check your slice of  banana trunk floats. If it is too thick, it will sink.
2. Cut a banana leaf into strips slightly thicker than the thickness of your base.
3. Pin the strips of banana leaf to cover the edge of the base. Trim as necessary.
4. Place the base on a banana leaf and use a pen to draw around the base. Cut to shape.
5. Pin the round banana leaf cut-out to one end of the stem or foam base. Trim.
6. Make decorative shapes with banana leaf strips and pin them to the base.
7. Decorate the base with flowers. Use pins or toothpicks to stick the flowers to the base. For small flowers, use pins. For bigger flowers use toothpicks.
8. Push three incense sticks into the top of the base.
9. Push in a candle near the incense sticks. You might need to make a hole first using scissors.

Home made gratong Phimai

Just before you launch your gratong into the water, light the candle, making sure the incense sticks start to burn.

In 2015, Loy Gratong takes place on 25 November.