If you are visiting Thailand for a short break or even longer than a week, you might want to take a day trip to cities nearby Bangkok to experience some local charms, and one of the trips that will make your holiday in the kingdom during this time of the year memorable is a short journey to visit one of the sunflower fields in the Central Region.
The sunflower season in Thailand or when the sun-loving flowers commonly bloom starts around November and goes on until about January or February, depending on the weather.
The best places to see the sunflower fields are in Lop Buri and Saraburi, just a short drive northeast of Bangkok. Each farm in the two provinces takes turns in planting the sunflowers so that there is at least one area of blooming flowers during this period. Each sunflower field lasts about 10 days, and is normally filled with locals and tourists alike wanting to take pictures amid the vast landscape of beautiful yellow flowers as they turn their bright faces to follow the sun.
Nong Khaem sub-disctrict in Lop Buri, about two hours by car from Bangkok, is normally the first place to see the sunflowers in bloom. So if you want to catch the first sunflowers of the year, set your compass toward that direction. Most farms offer free entry, some might provide extra services; such as, pony riding and exploring the field on a mini tractor. There are also booths selling sunflower oil and seeds as well as fruit, food and beverages.
Travelling to the sunflower fields by car is the best option, as you might want to take a tour to see which farm offers the best bloom or even has fewer visitors for the best pictures. Also, it’s difficult to map which fields will see the sunflowers in bloom at which time. But you might like to call the TAT Lop Buri Office for some recommendations.
The best places to visit the sunflowers fields in Thailand include:
Lop Buri offers the first places to see the sunflower fields in Phatthana Nikhom, Chai Badan, and Khok Samrong districts.
Saraburi is another home of sunflower fields in Thailand. Travelling by car is recommended as you’ll need to drive along the areas: Khao Din Phattana in Amphoe Chaloem Phra Kiat; Nayao in Amphoe Phra Phutthabat; Hinson in Amphoe Kaeng Khoi, Salaengpan in Amphoe Wang Muang, Ban Kluai in Amphoe Nong Don, and Mittraphap and Amphoe Muak Lek.
Pa Sak Cholasit Dam: During December, the State Railway of Thailand organises sunflowers festival trips from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station to Pa Sak Cholasit Dam in Saraburi at a reasonable price. For more information of the trip, please contact the State Railway of Thailand at +66 (0) 2225 6964.