Phimai

Overview

Introduction

Phimai, Thailand (pronounced PEE-my), 195 mi/310 km northeast of Bangkok, is the location of a large and stunning 12th-century Khmer shrine complex. The shrine is an architectural cousin of Cambodia's Angkor Wat (in fact, a road once connected the two). Phimai is very small and can be easily explored on foot. Allow an hour or two to investigate it.

Local buses run every 20 minutes from the nearby town of Nakhon Ratchasima, or as the locals call it, Korat. The bus often stops on the road leading to the ruins, so if you see a temple, get off.
Thailand's largest Banyan tree is 1.2 mi/2 km outside of town.


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