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The little town of Phimai might seem small in size but it holds relatively larger significance when it comes to tourism. The town comprises Thailand’s most fascinating heritage marvels. Around 800 years ago, the place was a major trading centre. Today, it may not hold as much significance but it remains to be a prominent name when the heritage and history of Thailand is recalled. It comprises some glorious ancient set of ruins which contributes in its significance as an important heritage site of the country. The highlight of the place lies in the Prasat Phimai Historical Park and Khmer temple complexes.
Phimai boasts one of the Thailand's finest surviving Khmer temple complexes which add on to the glory of the place with its mesmerizing splendor. Prasat Phimai Historical Park, on the other hand, comprises some restored ancient ruins amidst the naturally affluent surroundings of the garden. The place provides a sense of serenity with the intriguing ancient edifices. This region with the ruins is prominently known as Old Phimai. Other than this region which comprises the relics is the new Phimai which is about 2 kms away from the Old Phimai. Sai Ngam and the National Museum are other destination to explore in Phimai which holds the essence of the past.
At a relative distance from Phimai is Phanom Rung which comprises the best restored Khmer monument in Thailand. The temple showcases the unique Angkor style which was popular during 10th and 13th century. It was constructed as a Hindu temple which was dedicated to the Hindu God – Shiva. It is poised about 200 m above the paddy fields whose natural brilliance complements the ancient architecture of the monument. Because of the pink hued sandstone, this interesting complex is prominent with the name of Phanom Rung stone castle.
The complex has such systematic setting and structuring. It directly faces the East. The structure of the temple is such that once every four year the 15 sanctuary doorways witness the majestic sun rays. This alignment of the sun happens around April or September. It is the time when the complex receives the most visitors. During this time the locals celebrate the Phanom Rung Festival. The park in which the temple situated extends its duration for the public and organizes sound-and-light shows with some other traditional Brahmin ceremonies.