Photo: Tremendous out of season views.

Sunflower fields

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Known as dok bua thong in Thai, these fields of wild sunflowers are in bloom in November and December and, since sunflowers are rare in these parts, are hugely popular with local tourists.

The flowers originated in Central America but were apparently brought to Thailand and planted by missionaries in the mid-1900s. They grow in several areas in Mae Hong Son Province, but one of the most spectacular sites and consequently most popular with local tourists, is on the slopes of Doi Mae U-Kho, a short drive from Khun Yuam town.

In season, expect to see plenty of these. Photo taken in or around Sunflower fields, Khun Yuam, Thailand by Mark Ord.

In season, expect to see plenty of these. Photo: Mark Ord

It can be highly scenic and photogenic but don’t be surprised if you’re the only foreigner around, as this is primarily a Thai tourist scene. Do note that the flowering season is short and obviously varies slightly from year to year due to climatic conditions.

Vast fields of the flowers grow on the crest of the mountain and sweep down the hillside across the road leading to Mae Surin National Park. There are viewpoints on both sides of the road and indeed the views across the mountains towards Burma are spectacular enough in their own right, even if the blooms aren’t out.

Note the tiny bamboo huts that line the road in these parts are actually rented out to Thai tourists during the winter flowering period who come from as far away as Bangkok to see ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
If you have your own transport, take the Mae Chaem road out of Khun Yuam, (Route 1263) and after some 15 kilometres you’ll see a clearly marked turn off to the left for Mae Surin National Park and the Bua Thong fields. They lie around 12 kilometres further on atop a very steep hill. There is no public transport that we are aware of to the fields.

Location map for Sunflower fields

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