PhimaiNakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. It is home to the Phimai Historical Park, one of Thailand's most important Angkorian sites.
From points north, disembark at Talad Kae, and wait for the local bus as above. The fare from Nong Khai is 200 baht to Talad Kae, and then 13 baht from there to Phimai.
Phimai Historical ParkThe Khmer temples are among the best-preserved in Thailand and similar (if much smaller) than those at Angkor Wat. Parts of the park are older than Angkor Wat. Includes Khmer buildings, sculptures leading to the shrine, restaurant and gift shop.
- is the largest banyan tree in Thailand. It is 350 years old and located 1.5km from the ruins outside the town centre to the northeast. It's a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bike ride.
The night market offers cheap, if sometimes unidentifiable, food.
Baitey's RestaurantServes popular Thai and Chinese dishes, along with a few Western staples, in a scenic open-air setting.
phone: +66 44 471159address: 228 Jomsudasadej RdClean and central. Social area upstairs, library and Thai cafe with Western breakfasts.
Khru Pom Restaurant & Guesthousephone: +66 44 471541, +66 83 9930251address: 276 Moo 2, Naimuang RdClean, modern rooms with air-con. Excellent restaurant: try the fish fried with lemon grass.
phone: +66 61 423 6939Thai-style elevated bungalows with covered terraces line the river just opposite the National Museum. A ten minute walk from the town centre and the Khmer temple/Prasat Hin. Hot showers, TV, refrigerator, free Internet; breakfast optional. Owner Khun Chin speaks English and German. The river is safe to swim and great fun, too.
Phimai HotelIn the heart of the town offers air-conditioned rooms.
Phimai InnA slightly more up-scale lodging and has a swimming pool and restaurant, but is a hike from town.
phone: +644287575Clean, well-organised hotel with rooms ranging from small singles at 500 baht to a triple family room at 650 baht. There is a swimming pool, which may have cleaning equipment in it when you visit, as at least one traveller reported seeing this. Great location near the night market and Phimai Historical Park. Very noisy in the morning. Phimai still has tannoy radio from 06:30 to 07:30, and there is much other noise within and from near the hotel. If you came to see the Angkorian ruins at dawn, you won't need an alarm clock!