We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Khmer Ruins

Phimai, Thailand
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Phimai
Type: Ancient Ruins
7 visitor photos
Write a Review

20 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    10
    9
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

You can take amazing photographs at sunrise and sunset and unlike the Khmer ruins near Siem Reap, there are no crowds. The ruins have a similar design to Angkor Wat (although this temple is much smaller).

Was this review helpful? Yes
mondo
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Is a very nice place..it may be a bit busy but wait just few minutes and the wave of people just disappear..if you are not in rush bring a pen and paper, sit and draw!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vang Vieng, Laos
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Khmer ruins at Phimai are within easy reach from Korat or even from Bangkok. If you have already been to the temples at Angkor in Cambodia you can skip this one. Phimai is in a park like setting on a few tree shaded acres in the middle of town. Lots of school children on field trips with their schools... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Worldwide
Top Contributor
541 reviews 541 reviews
246 attraction reviews
571 helpful votes 571 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The area around Phimai is one of the more interesting in Thailand (and Cambodia) for Angkor-era history and remains. TA's listings for the Khmer heritage around Phimai are a bit disorganized. The main listing for Phimai Historical Park is here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g469414-d456512-Reviews-Prasat_Hin_Phimai_Phimai_Historical_Park-Nakhon_Ratchasima_Nakhon_Ratchasima_Provi.html Wikipedia gives a good overview of the historical park. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phimai_historical_park Phimai.ca gives a good, and pioneering, virtual reality depiction... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

If you're in Isaan Thailand definitely visit Phimai. Khorat is a good base. Unless the bus schedule has changed, try to wait until sunset and see the fantastic photo opportunities as the sun sets through the various doorways and windows. The nearby museum is very good too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vosselaar, Belgium
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Beautiful old temple ruins very worth to visit. Nice for a walk around. Close to the phimai city center.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
UK
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We visited about 4pm and the site was very quiet. Take your time to look at the carvings as each set is different. Note that steps can be steep and narrow

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a rural and remote part of Thailand, but if you happen to find yourself in this region, then PiMai is definitely worth the trip. The small museum next to the sight indicates that PiMai was built about 100 years prior to Angkor Wat and that it was the architectural prototype for Angkor. Having been to both, I would... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Despite the shortage of locally available information, this site is well worth seeing if you are in the area and have done some previous homework. Get full value out of your day by looking around the town too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Like Angkor Wat, just smaller and without the millions of tourists and touts. Much more atmospheric and a more indepth experience with time to experience and explore. Peaceful to explore and wonderfully detailed.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Khmer Ruins also viewed

Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
 
Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
 

Been to Khmer Ruins? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing