Phimai Historical Park
Phimai Historical Park
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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,833 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Phimai historical park is about 1h drive by car from Korat. We visited it on a Sunday afternoon and I was surprised that only few tourists were there. Parking is available adjacent to the park. Entrance fee for foreigners is 100 Baht. There is a small museum and toilets. It is my 3rd visit during several decades, and with regard to ease of walking within the site improvements have been done.

Allegedly the area of Phimai historical park is comparable to Angkor Wat. The ancient buildings back to 11th to 12th century. The buildings are in good condition. Definitely a must visit location.
Written 2 February 2024
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pianocello
Shah Alam, Malaysia1,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is an impressive place minus the crowds at Angkor Wat. Good for photos but watch out for some of the steep steps. A must in your Isaan itinerary.
Written 28 August 2023
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LH M
Peterborough, Canada231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
It's a great place to feel a sense of the power and harmony of Khmer architecture. You can sense the attention they paid to the specifics of the site, and the very well-maintained gardens, with their wonderful mature trees and ponds, are a lovely place to sit and relax and meditate for a couple of hours.

The buildings, which were carefully restored in the 1960s, are fascinating in the ways in which they combine elements of Buddhism, Shivaism and less-defined animist practices; I think this is in part where the feeling of harmony comes from.

One of the great advantages of Phimai is that it's off the beaten tourist track, so most of the time you see small groups of local people - families, teenagers taking selfies, the occasional school group - soaking up the atmosphere and the history. The world slows down a little.

Personally, I like to try to come here every couple of years. It's almost a process of self-renewal. I check out my favourite corners and sit under an old tree near to the spirit house and watch the world go by. The mornings are best, as early as you can make it. You'll see the people who work here sweeping the grass and the pathways, brushing down the stonework to try to keep the pigeons at bay, cutting grass and gathering dead branches - all the attention that keeps the place looking so perfect.
Written 20 May 2023
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john d
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Although the park is a excellent historic attraction, they actively discriminate against tourists. A Thai person only needs to pay 20 baht, but a foreigner must pay 100 baht.
What does that say about the park staff?? They must think foreigners will damage the buildings. All the cashier does is look at the people and judge them by appearance.
If you don't look Thai, you pay 100 baht.
I usually avoid places that discriminate against foreigners, but since I was with many Thai friends, I paid and went in.
Written 28 January 2023
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Phimai Historical Park is a complex of Khmer temples, similar to those of Angkor Wat but much smaller. It is located right in the center of the small city of Phimai. The whole place is very beautiful and well maintained, and it is very interesting to walk around in and outside the temples.

We visited the historical park a few days after Christmas, and they did not charge an entry fee during this time. Although it was high season and also many Thais had a few days off, the place was not too crowded.

There is a parking lot next to the entrance, but it is very small, so do not expect to find parking space there if you come on a busy day. However, there are opportunities to park in the streets surrounding the historical park, and you do not have to walk far to get to the temple.

Phimai itself is a small city with a lot of charm. When it gets dark, there is a street market with a big variety of food next to the temple complex. Very much recommended!
Written 28 June 2020
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Dick Z
Bangkok, Thailand3,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
In Isan town of PhiMai you will find this historical site with a temple complex from the Khmer period. It is very nice and well kept. Also quiet, at least when we were there so the visit is very relaxed. Entrance fee is 100 baht for foreigners and 20 baht for Thai nationals. There is parking space at the entrance. A visit will take just over one hour, but is well worth doing.
Written 13 January 2020
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omega123
Singapore, Singapore7,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is about 4 hours by bus to Korat then another 2 hour from the bus station to Phimai by car. The entire architecture is typical of Classical Angkor style.

A great place to visit and enjoy without having to squeeze your way with the tourist crowd. Parking would be an issue due to limited lots in front of the park, elsewhere would be better.
Written 28 December 2019
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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The ancient Khmer imperial highway in the eleventh century stretched approximately 400 kilometers from Angkor Wat to end here at this magnificent jewel of a temple with its mixture of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual elements with Thai, Lao, and Khmer cultural influences.  Some have called it a miniature Angkor Wat, but the smaller scale and intimacy of this complex imparts a spiritual quality that is hard to describe without experiencing it.  Part of the specialness comes from its limited restoration which allows the visitor to sense both the glory and the decay the Khmer empire and of all life.  
Written 7 November 2019
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Phi_Ngaw
Queanbeyan, Australia61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A very nice place for those who love ancient history.
A good place to visit where you won't need to fight your way among hordes of madding crowd of tourists.
The place is right in the middle of the town so it is very accessible to all amenities. No need to get to Phimai then have to get other transport out to it. You simply get off the bus at Phimai then walk there.
A good way to relax after lunch, do a bit of walking and enjoy the scenery.
Written 4 October 2019
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Angkor Era Trip
Cambodia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We traveled from Siem Reap Cambodia across O-smach border to Nakhon Ratchasima province in order to visit Phimai. Phimai, formerly known as Viyamapura located in Thailand. This temple is Angkor style temple that was built during the reign of Suryavaman II and additional construction in the reign of Jayavarman VII. From Angkor to Phimai is about 240kilometers. Along the road there are rest houses, stone bridges and wooden bridges with hospitals there were thoroughly built under the reign of Jayavarman VII.
If you have time visit this temple, make sure you visit Angkor first and stay at Natura Resort then end with Phimai and stay at Benya guesthouse.
Written 9 August 2019
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