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Three Day Phimai Festival Trip

This week, I went on a 3-day trip to Nakhon Ratchasima province in Northeastern Thailand for the annual Phimai Festival and boat races.

Date of trip: 9-11 November 2018

Lunch at KP Steak House in Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AAuRTRA6bB22

Wat Sala Loi in Khorat was built by the Thai heroine Thao Suranari and her husband in 1827. Awarded by the Siam Architects Society for the best avant-garde religious building, the highlight is the meeting hall which has the shape of a boat riding the waves.

Inside the hall at Wat Sala Loi, there is a large standing Buddha statue. A festival for Thai heroine Thao Suranari is held here each year at the end of March. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jGCwa3X3mYU2

Aerial photos of Wat Sala Loi in Khorat.

Just arrived in Phimai for the light and sound show but it’s pouring with rain. No sign of it stopping any time soon. We came all this way and cannot take pictures.

Dinner at Tewphai Pet Yang (ทิวไผ่ เป็ดย่าง ร้านอาหาร) in Phimai. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YD7Susa9uRu

DAY TWO: Good morning from Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) in Northeastern Thailand. Hopefully it will be a dry day today, though a 40% chance of rain later. This afternoon we will be taking photos at the boat racing in Phimai. With luck, we will get a second to go to the light and sound show.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan in Nakhon Ratchasima was first built in the 15th Century. It was originally a Hindu temple but was later converted by the Khmers in the 16th and 17th Centuries. The bricks are red & white sandstone with a laterite base. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NXNt2XGQJRJ2

Aerial photos of Prasat Hin Phanom Wan in Nakhon Ratchasima. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NXNt2XGQJRJ2

Thung Samrit Memorial in Phimai District of Nakhon Ratchasima commemorates a battle between the people of Khorat and Laos during the reign of King Rama III. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sDXUTJQbrzK2

Lunch at Sai Ngam in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1Kc35nXzFxy

At Sai Ngam in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima there is a very large banyan tree or a group of smaller ones joined together. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1Kc35nXzFxy

Boat racing this afternoon on the Chakkarat River in Phimai District of Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The Walking Street this afternoon in front of Phimai Historical Park. A great selection of traditional food. This is part of the annual Phimai Festival that continues until Sunday.

The parade this afternoon in Phimai which proceeded the light and sound show. Most of the actors taking part are students in local schools.

Some of the “Sak Yant Tattoos” the students were wearing for the light and sound show in Phimai.

A short pre-show before the main light and sound show at Phimai Historical Park tonight.

The Phimai Light & Sound was a complete washout. Literally. Yesterday’s show was cancelled due to rain. This evening there was supposed to be two rounds with our one due to start at 6pm. Everything looked good. But the start was delayed as we couldn’t start until the chairman and VIP guests arrived at 6:45pm.

Then it started raining during his speech at the exact time the show was due to finish. As it was a paid show, people were angry. But we should also feel for the young actors who had prepared so well for the show. And had to go home wet for the second night in a row.

DAY THREE: Good morning from Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat). This is our third and final day in Northeastern Thailand. It’s going to be a cloudy day but no rain. Unfortunately we are heading home today. We won’t get a third chance to watch the light & sound.

Wat Thep Phithak Punnaram, in Pak Chong, houses a huge seated Buddha image that is 45 meters high. The image is enshrined on a mountaintop that can be reached via a 1,250 steps representing the number of monks that gathered spontaneously to hear the Lord Buddha’s first sermon.

Aerial photos of Wat Thep Phithak Punnaram, in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zRDw1U1x9M52

If you like duck, then you will probably want to visit Tiewped Klangdong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเป็ดกลางดง) in Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s on the main highway going home from Khorat. I had the spicy stir fried basil with duck on rice. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BgnfHPj8itD2

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