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“Best Khmer temple in Thailand.”

Prasat Hin Phimai (Phimai Historical Park)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This 12th-century temple is similar in structure to Angkor Wat.
Reviewed 17 July 2018

This temple is very well restored. Likely to be constructed in XI century. The most valuable ancient objects are at the Phimai museum, about 10 min to walk.

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Great day out from Korat.

If you’ve been to Angkor Wat then you’ll love this place; apparently used as a template to build Angkor.
As per usual, farang pay 4 times (100baht) as much to get in - but well worth it & great photo opportunity!
In the mini museum even have pictures of 3000 year old skeleton found there.

Thank trevor a
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

a significant precious historical Khmer temple in North eastern part of Thailand,

In case of the visitor who interested in Khmer art exhibition, some ancient historical objects such as lintels or pediment have been collected at Phimai museum which located nearby within 10 min walking distance.

absolutely worth for visiting place.

Thank Huang W
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit on our first trip to the Far East. Only 100 Baht to get in per person and very clean and well kept. Take a hat and water though as not too much shade. Very easy to find from Nakhon Ratchasima in a car, free parking. And very uncrowded so a very pleasurable visit. Small guide leaflet in many languages, clean toilets and very small souvenir shop.
Would recommend.

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Amazing visit! If you live in Thailand and don't want or can't go to Angor Wat, this is a good place where to see typical Khmer architecture (there are a lot of other temples to visit from Surin as well), it is not as big as Angkor Wat, but it has been well renovated and preserved. Not much sculptures in this temple, but the structure is very clear and you can roam around and sit below the trees for a break. Though a lot of Khmer temples were first Hindu temples before being converted to Buddhist places, this one was said to have been directly built as a Buddhist temple and today there is still one Buddha in the main sanctorum. Quite peaceful and nice!
This is the only temple in Isan that has small souvenirs and postcards, so if you want to buy some it is your one chance to do it.
There is a small exhibition at the entrance displaying explanations about the temple and its renovation.
The temple can be visited relatively fast but I would recommend at least one hour to do the tour properly and to enjoy the place. It can be visited the same day as Sai Ngam (15-minute stop max) and the Phimai National museum (at least one hour of visit).
Even if you read and speak Thai, work and pay your income tax in Thailand, the staff still refuses to give to foreign visitors the local entrance price.

1  Thank BananaLu
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