Sunflower fields forever…


It is that time of the year when the sunflowers are in full bloom, so last weekend we headed to Lopburi to enjoy a day away from the city.

Sunflower fields are at its best from November until February, though, if you are lucky, you might be able to see some still in March. The most popular ones are in Tambon Chong Sarika, Phatthana Nikom District,Lopburi. The beautiful fields filled with bright yellow sunflowers, set against the surrounding hills are quite striking. Originally, these were commercial crops raised for producing seeds and oil, yet in the recent years they have also become a tourist attraction, a nice excuse to leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the day.


I guess some people have seen opportunity in this and a small fee is charged to go into the fields, 10 baht per person (children were free, just ask politely). Around some of the fields you can find vendors selling local products like honey or sunflower seeds (we bought some that brought back some childhood memories) or other souvenirs and food. In some of them you could also ride an elephant or a tractor.
Are sunflowers on their own worth a visit? We would say yes, as they are our favorite flower, in addition you can visit Lopburi, the “monkey city” or even Ayutthaya on your way back to Bangkok.
We enjoyed lunch at a small shop just opposite the “Monkey Temple” in Lopburi and watched the monkeys jump up and down and then drove back through Ayutthaya, spent the afternoon strolling around the old city and had dinner by the river before heading back home. It was a nice and relaxing trip; especially as the weather has been so fresh, enjoy the cool weather while it lasts!


Getting There
To travel from Bangkok, drive along the Lop Buri-Saraburi Road for approximately 30 kilometers, then turn left into Highway No. 21 and proceed for another 15 kilometers. Traveling from Lop Buri town center, the sunflower field is located approximately 45 kilometers from the town.

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