The annual Phimai festival will be held this year from the 5th to 9th November 2014.
Events include long boat racing, a Korat cat contest, a bird contest, singing, Thai dancing and a show at the Phimai historical park. Other events will take place and in the centre of the town stalls have been set up that will sell food, drinks, clothing and various other items.
Tomorrow, 5th November, there will be a Thai puppet show in the historical park. It is scheduled to start at 6pm.
The long boat racing this year is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.
There will be a series of music concerts on each day of the festival. Bank from Clash will appear on 5th November, Family Valentine on 6th November, Labanoon on 7th November, Malihuanna on 8th November and Wong Gang-geng on 9th November.
The Korat Cat contest takes place in the afternoon of Saturday 8th November in the local government building (amper). The bird show takes place on Sunday 9th November.
Phimai is a great place to see longboat racing. Every year during the Phimai festival in November there is longboat racing. This weekend (11-12 October) saw 2 days of longboat racing in gra-bueang-yai (กระเบื้องใหญ่), a small village about 4 miles from Phimai town.
The longboat race course – a straight line.
A women’s team winning their race.
The event was held to mark the end of Buddhist Lent (ork pansa –ออกพรรษา), which was on 8th October this year.
It was the 16th annual longboat racing event to be held in gra-bueang-yai, Phimai district.
Next month will see the Phimai festival in Phimai town. Longboat racing is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat, with access from Anantachinda Road or nearby. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road. For details of the 2014 Phimai festival see here:
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.
Movies 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.
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.