Phimai Historical Park may be a place that a lot of travelers miss out on visiting. Which is unfortunate because it is a very beautiful and makes for a good days stroll. However it is kind of secluded and that is why not too many include it in their itinerary.
When I was visiting those parts of Thailand I was lucky enough to meet a kindhearted girl that did not mind showing me around the area. Our trip to Phimai took an hour or two with bus and minibus in a staggering heat but it was well worth it!
The entrance fee was about 100 bath, for me not for her of course, and this time it was actually worth it!
What is it?
An ancient temple that marks the ond of the Anchient Khmer Hihghway stretching all the way from Akgor Wat.
Almost all of the buildings where constructed around the 11th and 12th century. Interestingly enough the Khmer empire was Hindu at that time but this temple was built for Buddhist.
Nowadays it is a very beautiful place with old buildings and remnants from older days. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful and it is easy to imagine what it must have looked like during its more glorious days.
Where is it?
Phimai is located in Nakhon Ratchasima in Nai Mueang, Thailand.
If you want to there by train the closest train stations are found in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), which is about 60 kilometres south of Phimai.
If you are going by bus then set aim for Khorat’s Bus Terminal 2 is the only place where you can catch a bus direct to Phimai: they depart every half-hour from 05:00 to 22:00 for 50 baht and take an hour. In Phimai, the last bus to Khorat departs at 18:50.
Worth the trip
If you are going through this area of Thailand I recommend you to stop by Phimai! If you like culture, temples and such then I feel very sure that you will enjoy this area as did I.
Phimai will always be close to my heart because it is the place where I took the photo sitting on the statue. That was a magical moment for me and I will never forget that or this place. You can see the photo Here.
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