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Khmer Ruins

Address: Phimai, Thailand
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Phimai
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Ennis, Ireland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

An peaceful aura within the compound makes this one of the better sites to visit. Good interpretation/translation in the Visitors Center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Came here on a business trip and was taken here. An amazing Wat similar architecturally to those you'll find in Siem Reap. So similar that you could almost save yourself the trip. Just kidding. Recommend coming here. Small Wat that would take around 2 hours to fully explore.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

we have visited the temple complex in Cambodia twice, so I didn't really expect this site to measure up. I was pleasantly surprised. It's only one site (unlike the many in Cambodia). However it is really quite beautiful. You could spend a great two or three hours here. You can take some amazing photos. Compared to other sites it's relatively... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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128 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Actually this place is called "Phimai Historical Park' or "Prasat Hin Phimai'. Built under successive Khmer kings from the 10th to 11th century, archaeologists must have painstakingly restored this extensive ruins. Some say it is a kind of small Angkor Wat. Well, if you don't find the time to go to Siem Reap, come here. It's well worth a visit.... More 

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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Khmer ruins in Phimai are so worth a visit, but it can be realy hot there. I have been there many times and I guess I soon will be back. A small minus for not sell drinks or anything inside.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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).

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mondo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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!

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Vang Vieng, Laos
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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 

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Worldwide
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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 

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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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.

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