De­cem­ber: Sun­flow­ers in Thai­land

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

If you’ve been to Bangkok so many times that tem­ples, malls and street food sound like one big hum­drum itin­er­ary to you, stray from the Big Mango this win­ter and go on a flower stalk­ing ex­pe­di­tion in Thai­land’s sun­flower fields in province. A three-hour train ride north of Bangkok, Lop­buri is lit­tered with shrines that date back to pre­his­toric times, free-roam­ing mon­keys, and a throng of sweep­ing sun­flower fields.

Join the lo­cals for a pic­nic next to a field of tall stalks and shop for lo­cally grown prod­ucts like sun­flower oils and seeds at the farm­ers’ stalls that have sprung up around the fringes of the fields. Greek mythol­ogy has it that a wa­ter nymph’s un­re­quited love for the sun god Apollo turned her into a sun­flower and mor­phed her golden locks into the yel­low petals, ex­plain­ing why the plant sym­bol­izes ado­ra­tion.

Plan your trip in De­cem­ber when the flow­ers come into a de­li­cious honey yel­low bloom and the weather cools down a bit. Around this time of year, Thai­land State Rail­ways ( rail­way.co.th) of­fers a Sun­flower Train ($60) that makes a trip to the fields on week­ends and public hol­i­days, but you’ll have to rise early as it de­parts from Bangkok at 6:40am.

Phatthana Nikom, Lop­buri 15140, Thai­land.

Lop­buri

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