Located in the Northeastern Province of Nakhon Ratchasima and less than two kilometers away from Sai Ngam, lies the Pimai Historical Park, home to one of Thailand’s finest surviving Khmer Temple complexes, very much like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
[Some quick facts:]
Built during: end of the 11th century (reign of King Suriyaworaman I)
Size: rectangular in shape (565m wide and 1,030m long)
Architectural style: Baphuon
Religious sect: Hindu-Mahayana Buddist temple
Features: ornately carved sandstone and laterite structures
Special characteristic: the sanctuary is facing south while the others face east
Entrance to the Pimai Historical Park leading to the sanctuary's west passage.
Gate to the main temple from the east entrance. Even though the complex is reminiscent of the Angkor Wat, one can visit the temple in less than an hour.
Columnar passage at the west side of the complex. There's nothing much to see here . The last passage is a cul de sac.
Still part of the west passage. I was kinda disappointed because there are no carvings unlike Cambodia's Phnom Bakheng which for me, is truly a feast in the eyes.
The gopura with the two lions guarding the entrance to the main shrine.
The Naga bridge, this feels like Angkor Wat all over again.
Outer walls and columns before entering the main shrine.
The main prang (pagoda) is located at the center made entirely of white sandstone. The pagoda is 28 meters high, has a square base, a portico and stairways and doors in all four directions. The temple is undergoing construction when we got there and as I saw the sign, looks like there's going to be a big event that particular night.
A closer look at the carvings (not as intricate as that of Angkor though).
The main shrine, Prang Brahmadat which is entirely made of white sandstone.
There are other pagodas, one of which is the Prang Hin Daeng to the left.
Another is the Ho Phram (Brahma Hall) located at the right side of the main shrine.
Inside the Bhrama Hall.
The park is open daily from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee costs 40 baht (around 60 pesos or $1.50). There are free brochures available at the ticket counter which they will provide to visitors. It has an extensive information about this historical sites.