Hello! Finally able to start on this. As I’ve mentioned, I just came from a holiday in Thailand, and since this has been my 3rd time in Bangkok, I’ll just post about the places I haven’t been to before or wasn’t able to blog about the first time I went. Soooo, without further ado, I will share with you our trip to the sunflower fields in Lopburi, Thailand.
Lopburi is a fairly small province in Central Thailand some 150 kilometers North of Bangkok. It’s around 2-3 hours ride from Bangkok, depending of your mode of transportation. You can either hire a private taxi to and from Bangkok, take a van from Victory Monument or a bus from Mo Chit, or take the train from Hua Lamphong Station. As for us, we took the van from Victory Monument. Getting to Lop Buri from Bangkok was easy, getting to the sunflower fields was a different thing altogether (I’ll get to that a bit later).
How we got there
Being DIY people as we are, we insisted on taking the public van to Lopburi from Victory Monument. If you have read my bangkok post on going to Amphawa Market, it’s same van terminal. We would have taken the train if we were able to reserve tickets but when we did try to reserve tickets two weeks before our trip, it was already sold out. Every year the State Railway of Thailand will organize trips to visit sunflower fields. You can check the details from its website and you can call 1690 for more information. The organized trips are only during weekends of December and can be full as early as the first week of December.
Earlier on we were already reading up on blogs and other stuff in the internet about how to go there and it seemed pretty easy, or so we thought. One early Monday morning we went to the van terminal in Victory Monument, bought the one way ticket to Lop Buri from one of the counters and told the lady we are going to see the sunflower fields. I guess this is the part I failed because I assumed that the lady would’ve told the driver that that’s where we were heading. It seemed easy enough based on this post to go there, but we didn’t see the signage she talked about. Anyways, we bought the ticket for 110 baht/person and waited for boarding. The van to Lopburi leaves every hour and we were to leave at 9am. I asked the girl from the counter to tell me when our van arrived and she herself accompanied us to the van (hence, I thought she told the driver that we are going to the sunflower fields). After about 10 minutes, we were off. It was a 2 hour drive, with one stop in Petchaburi. When we were nearing LopBuri, we were looking out for the sunflower signs but we didn’t see any. So when we reached the terminal in Lopburi, we tried to ask the lady in front of me how we can go to the Sunflower Fields. To make the long story short, she took us to a terminal with private vans and was able to tell them of our plans, hence they offered us a private van that would take us to the fields and take us back to Bangkok. After haggling the price we were able to agree on 2000 Baht for the driver/van services to the sunflower fields and back to Bangkok (Mo Chit BTS station).
Sunflowers are grown as substitute crops for off-season rice fields or other crop fields. They are usually in full bloom during November-January. Primarily grown as source of sunflower oil, these fields have also been economically efficient as source of tourism in the province of Lopburi and Saraburi, bringing in a lot of tourists just to see the vast field of yellow sunflowers.
When we were nearing the place, we can already see a sea of yellow with a mountain as its backdrop. It’s kind of amazing how these flowers were all facing the sun.
We went to the one in Khao Chin Lae with the Khao Chin Lae mountain in the background. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lopburi Town to Khao Nai and ask the driver or your passengers to tell you when you reach Khao Chin Lae. There were stalls along the road that sells sunflower related items such as seeds and other things such as roasted corn, coffee, tea and sunflower related souvenirs such as hats, bags etc. There were also a few stalls that sells food. After having lunch and resting for a bit, we were good to go for an afternoon of chasing sunflowers, and taking photos as well. 😛
Warning: The next part of this post would be a LOT of photos.
After actually having our fill of the field, we finally headed back to Bangkok. The ride took about 1 to 1.5 hours, and it was nice to have the van all to ourselves. The trip, despite the confusion, was totally worth it.
P.S. All photos are mine, please inform me first if you want to share or copy. Thanks!