The Phimai circuit 2019

The dates for this year’s Phimai Circuit 5km road race series are:

Saturday 16th March 2019

Saturday 15th June 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

There are various age groups for male and female runners. There is a junior age group for boys or girls 15 years old and under, then a 16-29 years old age group, 30-34 years, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 for men, 60 and over for women, 65 and over for men.

This year the races start from near Phimai Hospital. The route is shown below.

Phimai circuit start 2019

You can get more information from Phimai Hospital at the phone numbers below.

044-471511 ext. 140


044-471511 ext. 193


Phimai in bloom – March 2019

One colourful plant that has been showing well in Phimai this month has been the bougainvillea (เฟื่องฟ้า)

Phimai bougainvillea

It looks particularly nice around the perimeter of the historical park, where it is used as hedging.

Bougainvillea at Phimai Historical Park

It is not the flowers that look colourful, it is the coloured bracts that surround the flowers.

bougainvillea - เฟื่องฟ้า

The flowers are actually white and quite small.

Bougainvillea in Phimai

The overall effect is wonderful.

เฟื่องฟ้า Phimai, Thailand

Bougainvillea plants in Phimai, Thailand.

Dragonflies in Phimai

A selection of photographs of dragonflies I have seen in Phimai district.

1 . Common redbolt (Rhodothemis rufa)

2. Yellow-striped flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis)

Variegated flutterer

3. Variegated flutterer (Rhyothemis variegata)   4. Blue adjudant (Aethriamanta aethra)

5. Pied paddy skimmer (Neurothemis tullia)

6. Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina sabina)


Pictures from Phimai – October 2017

A few photographs taken in Phimai this month.

1. A rural scene only a few kilometres from the town centre.

2. Phimai barrage dam gates fully open.

3. People having fun playing in flood water.

4. Inside the Phimai rice research centre.

5. Inundated trees.

6. Sunset at the bypass junction – 22 October 2017.

7. Rural sunset – 24 October 2017.

The “city pillar” in Phimai

A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.


The city pillar is covered and is used as a shrine (ศาล) to house the local guardian spirit – “jao-por lak-meuang pimai – เจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย”. ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย

Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.

city pillar Phimai หลักเมือง

The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.


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.