Lopburi province is home to the biggest sunflower fields of Thailand. Thousands of acres spread over Lopburi with beautifully bright yellow blossoms. Sunflowers are in blossom between November and January. The largest sunflower field is located in Phatthana Nikom district which is about 40 kilometers East of the provincial capital. The sunflowers are grown to produce sunflower oil which is used for cooking, and sunflower seeds are ones of Thai’s favourite snacks to munch on. The sight has become a tourist attraction but definitely worth a visit.
A short ride from Bangkok, you arrive in Lopburi. The change of scenery with so much of difference from the city’s chaos, Lopburi brings you a fresh air along with views over sunflower fields. First blossoms start in the beginning of November and grow big and beautifully until the middle of January. May the season bring all the best nutrients for these sunflowers to grow.
Arriving in Lopburi, you will start to notice there are few sunflower farms that are planted by people living in the area. It is not just it because these small farms are just a little sneak peak for what you have expected to see. You can find yourself in the ocean of sunflowers blossoming widely towards the sun in districts of Phatthana Nikhom, Chai Badan, and Khok Samrong. On a clear sky day, the vivid yellow colour gives a perfect contrast between the skyline and the field.
The astonishment followed by some great landmarks. The journey brings you further to the Wat Phra Sri Mahathat, a large Royal temple in the centre of Lopburi town which established in the Khmer-style by King Prasatthong in the early 17th century. Its architecture has been compared to that of Angkor Wat and some believe it was built to commemorate the king’s victory over Cambodia. You will also visit the Lopburi’s best-known landmark and also one of its oldest – Phra Prang Sam Yot. It is one of many monuments that date back to the Khmer era. The monument is in the centre of Lopburi town which is perhaps best-known for a large number of monkeys that run around free, constantly on the lookout for food.