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Phimai historical park Nai Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand
The next day morning I visited the Phimai Historical Park. The park itself is located right in the center of the town just a few blocks away from the guesthouse. With 100 bhat entrance fee you get a water bottle and a pamphlet with details on the architecture of the temple complex and short history of the temple which would be very informative for a self guided tour. The temple which was initially built as a Hindu shrine must have been later converted to Buddhism just like Angkor Wat. Someone who had already visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia would recognize it's striking similarity in the built style with that of Prasat Phimai but this one is in a much smaller scale. The temple itself wouldn't take more an hour to explore, but I spent some good 2-3 hours, walking around the temple complex and relaxing in the grassy grounds of the park around. The whole time I was in the park, there were hardly a couple of dozen tourists visited and most of them were locals.