Phimai boasts a small but strong selection of backpacker-range accommodation within easy walking distance of the historical park and night market.
Tranquil Moon River Resort has a string of simple bungalows facing the waterway whose Thai name sounds conveniently romantic to Anglophones. Also called Moon River Homestay, the small resort is run by a Thai man with help from his German partner -- two of the friendliest people we met in a generally friendly town. The freestanding air-con bungalows come in a few sizes and are made of concrete... Read our full review of Moon River Resort.
The original Phimai Paradise property has implemented drastic upgrades in recent years, adding a swimming pool, restaurant and lobby to go with rooms that still represent some of the best value in town. After starting out in the mid 2000s as the Paradise Apartment, which served both travellers and long-term residents, the modern four-storey building has officially become a hotel. Accessed by... Read our full review of Phimai Paradise Hotel.
Look past the cramped entranceway that smells like dogs and roast duck and you’ll find that Boonsiri Guesthouse opens into a huge common terrace next to a bunch of spacious rooms. The long-running guesthouse remains a solid option despite the many newer properties that have popped up in recent years. Rooms are dated but reasonably well-kept and spacious, with springy beds perched over wood... Read our full review of Boonsiri Guest House.
Younger sibling of the same-named hotel, Phimai Paradise House is a good option for solo travellers seeking a dorm or anyone who appreciates the charm of an old wood house -- and doesn’t mind sharing a bathroom. Fronted by a restored shophouse with bicycles for rent, a reception desk and few places to sit, the property stretches back to a second, larger house that has been beautifully... Read our full review of Phimai Paradise House.