Every year from November to February the Thailand sunflowers put on a festival of sorts. All the way from Mae Hong Son in the north to south of Bangkok these big-headed beauties raise their faces to the sun. Off the tourist trail near Lopburi, Thailand, not far from Bangkok, is the most famous sunflower filed in Lopburi. Since Sunflowers can grow in dry conditions farmers often plant their fields with them instead of corn. It is believed that Sunflowers were first domesticated in what is now the Southeastern US, roughly 5000 years ago, there is no evidence that it may have been first domesticated in Mexico as far back as 2600 BC. One thing for sure, they aren’t just in Kansas anymore as the Lopburi Sunflower fields attest.
The best time to see the Lopburi Sunflower fields is from November to January and generally coincides with cooler temperatures in this part of Thailand. It is quite a distance from the Red Lotus Sea, but if you timed it right, You can get there by train or bus, but it is a lot easier to explore the area, including some charming temples and the Monkey Temple (Phra Prang Sam Yot) if you have a car. Wat Trai Khiriwan Khao Phu Tong, the temple you see in some of these photographs, given its gorgeous location in the sunflower fields, near a dramatic karst, is well worth a visit too, although other than a few monks, you may be to only other people there.
- Photo: Wat Phrathat Doi Saket Temple
- Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok
- Colorful Ghost Festival in Loei, Thailand
This part of Thailand is little explored by tourist and well worth a visit if you are nearby. We found a few good Thai restaurants in Lopburi and if you are a sunflower lover, I think you will find a visit worth your time.
Map to Sunflower Filed Near Lopburi, Thailand