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The field of dream at Lopburi’s Sunflower
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The field of dream at Lopburi’s Sunflower

 

The endless radiant-yellow fields of sunflowers set against the bright blue sky are the major magnet to lure tourists to the central province of Lop Buri during the cool season.

Originally native to the Americans, the plant has been grown in Thailand for its seeds from which oil is extracted. But in later years the picturesque vista of blooming golden flowers made Lop Buri the snap-happy destination.

Normally, farmers sow the seeds of sunflowers in October. The first flowers emerge around the middle of November. Although the blooming time is about 15 days, visitors can admire the beauty of the sunflowers until February because the flowers bloom at different times in different places.

Known as Sunflower Festival, the first spot to capture the blossom is in Phatthana Nikhom district, followed by the flower fields around the Sab Lek reservoir in the city, the farms in Ban Hua Dong in Khok Samrong district and the golden fields around the Chin Lae mountain, which is the most popular site where you can have the mountain range as a backdrop. The site is not far from Pasak Chonlasit Dam 

Beside the yellow blossom, visitors can taste many edible goodies made of sunflower seeds. Among them are sunflower seed cookies, khao tan (rice crackers) topped with caramel and sunflower seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, sunflower seed bars and more.

 

How to get there: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and then on to Lop Buri. For more information, visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Lop Buri office website at www.tat7.com or call 036-422-768 to 9.