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.

The Phimai circuit 2016

The Phimai circuit is a series of  three 5km road running races in Phimai town.  The races are held two months apart. The dates for this year’s Phimai circuit road races are below.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Saturday 30 July 2016

Saturday 24 September 2016

Phimai 5km road running circuit 2016

Racing is scheduled to start at 6am from in front of Phimai Hospital.

Phimai hospital - 5km run start-finish line

Location map of Phimai Hospital.

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.

Phimai festival 2015

The annual Phimai festival takes place this year from the 11th to 15th November 2015.

Pimai festival 2015

Events include long boat racing, a Korat cat contest, music concerts and a musical show each evening 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 and various other items.

Longboat racing Phimai festival Thailand

The long boat racing this year is scheduled for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November in the usual location in the town, Lam Jakaraat. Good views of the racing can be had along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.

Phiami festival 2015 music concerts

There will be a series of music concerts for five days of the festival – from 11 to 15th November. The Mahahing band kicks off this years concerts on 11 November, Pongsit Kampee will perform on 12th November, Ja Gan Hoo on the 13th November, Labanoon will play on 14th November, and Wong Gang-geng play the final concert on 15th November.  Come to Phimai and enjoy the festival.

Longboat racing in Phimai – 2015

This coming weekend (31 October and 1 November) there will be longboat racing in Tam Yeah (ตำแย), organised by the sub-district of gra-bueang-yai (กระเบื้องใหญ่), small neighbouring villages about 4 miles from Phimai town.

Long boat racing in Phimai district 2015

Below is an image from last year’s longboat racing event in the same location.

Longboat race teams Phimai

Below is a map showing the approximate location of the racing.

Phimai

Next month will see the Phimai festival in Phimai town. Longboat racing is scheduled for 14-15 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. Good views of the racing can be had along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.

More details to follow on this year’s Phimai festival.

The Phimai circuit 2015

The second race in this year’s series of 5km road running races in Phimai town took place this morning starting from in front of the Phimai Hospital.

Phimai 5km race series 2015 start

The full race calendar for the 2015 Phimai circuit is:

1. Saturday 23 May

2. Saturday 25 July

3. Saturday 26 September

Racing is scheduled to start at 06.00.

Phimai road race series

Registration takes place in the hospital car park on the morning of the race.

5km race registration at Pimai hospital

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

Racing age groups

Join in the fun at the next 5km race in Phimai on Saturday 26 September 2015.