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Address: Phimai, Thailand

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the best temple complex on our trip

Phimai historic park has been the highlight of our Isan temple trip. For a reason it's called 'little Ankor', but without the thousands of tourists. After Ayutthaya, Phanom Rung... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Phimai historic park has been the highlight of our Isan temple trip. For a reason it's called 'little Ankor', but without the thousands of tourists. After Ayutthaya, Phanom Rung and Prasat Muang Tam this place was a heaven of silence and piece. It's so beautiful, in such good (renovated) conditions that it's areal pleasure to stroll around. We arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A must see on the Khmer Trail. Not many western tourists reach this site so it is peaceful. I travelled to Phimai from Korat via a local bus. The journey time was around 1.5 hours and cost 30 baht. The buses depart from the new bus station and on the side of the bus it is advertised that it stops... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Definitely glad I came to visit here, the temple is well-preserved and maintained. Not as spectacular as Angkor Wat, but a lot cheaper and with fewer tourists. There is a museum onsite too.

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Schifferstadt, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Foreigners pay 100 THB and Thais pay 20 THB. Those people are not only racist but also theives. If they would let foreigners know that they have to pay 5 times more then Thais then it would still be racist but at least honest. It seems like they are so ashamed of it that they write the Thai price in... More 

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Ennis, Ireland
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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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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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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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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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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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