Photo: One of the finest collections of Angkor-period lintels and statuary in Thailand.

Phimai National Museum

Our rating:

Phimai National Museum exhibits one of the finest collections of Angkor-period lintels and statuary in Thailand.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Overlooking a large lotus pond that was probably a reservoir when Phimai was a Khmer settlement beginning in the 11th century, the museum starts with a display highlighting the Angkor-period ruins found in Thailand. Visitors then step into a bright hall with high ceilings and exhibitions displayed on the second floor, from where you can look down at the largest section on the ground floor.

Highlights include an ancient conduit for sacred water shaped like a dragonhead; an Angkor-style rhinoceros statue; stunning 10th-century images of Brahma and Ganesha; and crowns made from precious gold and shell that were likely part of costumes used in performances many centuries ago. Virtually every piece was discovered in Phimai district or the surrounding region. Several information boards explain the history in comprehensible English.

After leaving the main hall, be sure to turn left to a second building with open sides. Here you’ll find dozens of marvellous lintels and statues depicting several Buddhist and Hindu icons, such as the guardian Dvarapala and Yama, lord of death. Each piece is marked in English, providing a crash course in Angkor-period art and ... Travelfish members only (Around 100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to to read the rest of this article, or log in here.

Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


Phimai National Museum
Off Tha Songkran Rd, just south of Moon River and 500m northeast of the historical park
Daily 9:00 - 16:00.
T: (044) 471 167 
Admission: 100 baht

Location map for Phimai National Museum

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

Popular attractions in Phimai

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Phimai.

Best places to stay in Phimai

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Phimai.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Phimai.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda
 Read up on where to eat on Phimai.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Phimai.
 Read up on how to get to Phimai, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Phimai? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Skip the queues!
Skip the queues!
Ad Book plane, train, bus & ferry tickets
with 12Go Asia.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Phimai that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phimai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page