Sai Ngam

Sai Ngam, Phimai: Address, Sai Ngam Reviews: 4/5

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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
Dec 2019
Sai Ngam (ไทรงาม in Thai) is a giant centuries-old banyan tree. The branches of the tree form a roof, and you can walk under the tree on a walkway of several hundred meters. There a benches and spirit houses along the way. Some might find the place very romantic, others might think it is quite spooky. However, it is worth visiting when you are in Phimai. It is located a few kilometers East of the city center, and you reach it best by bicycle or car. There is no entrance fee. Although we visited the place in the afternoon during high season, it was not busy at all. Near the entrance there are food stalls where you can get local food.
Written July 27, 2020
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jelinicivana
London, UK56 contributions
Jul 2019
This place is wicked! It looks like it could be a perfect setting for the Lord of the Rings! Easily reachable from Phimai (a 15ish minute bike ride), this enormous banyan tree is said to be the largest in all Asia!! And it is 350 years old!

It is a great place to have a stroll, sit and enjoy the quiet, eery atmosphere. We were lucky to be the only tourists inside the tunnels of branches that afternoon, with a handful of locals around.

There are a couple of small stalls on the other side of the lake where you can buy food. They also sell different types of fish, as well as frogs and turtles, to be released into the water.
Written April 22, 2020
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,707 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
This area of Banyan trees is just about a 15-minute walk from Phimai Historical Park.
One of King Rama V.'s wives named it 'sai ngam' (sai= banyan tree).
Nice walk in the shade under these trees that stand together, surrounded by a lake.
There's a few souvenir and food stalls around.
Written November 17, 2014
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EarthlingOnline
Worldwide3,789 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
Phimai is a great place to take a break from the tourist route. It's a pleasant town, with the usual night market, good Isaan restaurants, and a modest but adequate selection of guest houses and hotels (such as the Phimai Inn). It's easy to reach by local bus from Korat BoKoSo bus terminal 2 - the bus service is frequent. Sai Ngam sits a couple of km northwest of the town centre. It may be most easily reached by hiring a motorbike taxi from downtown. If there are 2 or more of you, it may be preferable to hire a song theaw (pickup truck with benches in the back for passengers) - either having the driver wait for you, or arranging for him to return at a certain time (or if you have a mobile phone you could exchange numbers and phone the driver).

Sai Ngam is a large banyon tree, allegedly the largest in Thailand. It's setting, in the middle of a lake, in a city park, is both pleasant and photogenic. The usual souvenir sellers and eating spots are at one side - but the main attraction is a walk under the tree itself. If all you wanted to do was get a photo of the site - you don't need to spend longer than 5 minutes. But some visitors may decide that the tranquil and unique setting is worth an hour or more. That would give you time for photos, but also to stop, enjoy the setting, and perhaps reflect on life.

Sai Ngam is a great complement to Phimai Historical Park, and to the modern town of Phimai.
Written February 5, 2014
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WitoonTrakarnpruk188
Bangkok, Thailand76 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
The whole area is covered with ancient banyan tree aged over 300 years. Other than this, nothing much there, many fortune teller kiosks around the area. There are local souvenir shops outside, price is cheap.
Written February 8, 2018
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Banuwati
Bangkok, Thailand207 contributions
Jan 2017
We visited Sai Ngam and its famous banyan tree early in the morning when the sunrise was low. It is beautiful with a nice walkway and several interesting shrines inside. We spent about two hours but one is probably sufficient. There is no cost for entry and it's location next to a small lake is beautiful. Try the coconut ice cream from the motorcycle vendor...delicious!
Written January 17, 2017
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PATRICE B
Jakarta, Indonesia76 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Just try to imagine a banyan tree, only one, 350 years old, a little more than 3 200 m2 (35 000 square feet) under which you can walk at a cool temperature.... quite an incredible tree, with squirrels, dragons flies, a small temple....
Really nice and quiet place.
A few kilometers after the museum.
Beware of your head, I still feel a little pain after I hit a low tree branch!
Written August 6, 2018
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desi d
3,911 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
Having read some reviews I would like to clear a few matters up. The Banyan tree is a bit special as it actually grows on itself i.e. its seeds drop into crevices of the original tree and then grows on that tree. Also named the strangler fig it can kill any other tree trying to grow in that vicinity. This tree was recognized more than 100 years ago to be a singular tree and now covers an area of some 35,000 square feet or 3250 square meters approximately, it is claimed. A shrine is located at what seems to be the main tree or root system as far as the Thais are concerned and indeed looks quite impressive. Again this is claimed to be the biggest Banyan tree in Thailand and it is quite impressive and depending how you look at it, it could be spooky or indeed romantic but it also offers decent photo opportunities if you are there at the right time. 350 years old according to the sign and I enjoyed my visit. Lots of Thai food restaurants at this location.
Written March 19, 2017
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Danaiya
Thailand729 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Imagine walking in the area like lost land where old trees creeping everywhere, it is spooky for me. It is even haunted in the day time when seeing several shrines with a load of offered garland and smell of incent.

This place is easy to access by car.
Written March 6, 2017
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D4VE88
Redbank Plains, Australia522 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
Great food from the restaurant & the old fig tree is amazing. The biggest I have seen.
Certainly worth the visit if you are in the area.
It is clean & very little rubbish
Written January 18, 2016
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