Nai Mueang, Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima
Lat/Long = 15°13'28”N, 102°29'40”E
GPS = 15.2244496,102.4922504
Anyone interested in Khmer archeology or the artifacts left by this fascinating civilization will thoroughly enjoy touring this museum. The quality and quantity of artifacts on display here is overwhelming. This museum has what may be the largest collection of carved sandstone lintels in Thailand as well as a substantial amount of rare artwork taken from numerous sites throughout Northeastern Thailand, not just from Phimai which is closeby. As the ancient Khmer culture evolved their religious focus shifted away from worshipping the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Ganesh to Mahayana Buddhism. Accordingly the museum has an impressive collection of Mahayana Buddhist artifacts. Outside the main building is a covered pavilion with a stunning collection of carved artifacts including lintels, lustral basins, and statues. The museum itself is a brightly-lite modern building with tastefully arranged displays. There's also a bookstore/library with a large collection of scholarly books although few if any are written in English. The museum is open 7 days/week. Admission for foreigners is 100B.