The Tourism Authority of Thailand is hosting the Phimai Festival from November 8 to 12 at the Phimai Historical Park and along the Chakkarat River in Nakhon Ratchasima, celebrating the 1,000-year-old city whose ruins have been evocatively preserved.
As well as drawing attention to the city built during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII so long ago, the festival will feature an exhibition paying tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A light-and-sound presentation will take place daily at 7pm, and the lively Phimai Boat Race on the river is set for November 11 and 12.
Other activities include an exhibition on Phimai’s history, with a mock-up medieval marketplace selling handicrafts and other local products.
The cultural performances will include the Korat Cat Competition for gorgeous felines of the Siamese variety, lessons in how to cook great dishes like the famous som tam salad and pad mee Korat (stir-fried noodles). Plenty of workshops will intrigue do-it-yourself enthusiasts.
Learn more at (044) 213 030 and www.TourismThailand.org/nakhonratchasima.