Photo: Pretty sunflower fields.

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.

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The flowers originated in Central America, but were apparently brought to Thailand and planted by missionaries in the mid-1900s. The flowers grow in several areas in Mae Hong Son, but one of the most densely growing areas and popular is on the slopes of Doi Mae U-Kho, a short drive from Khun Yuam Town. It can be highly scenic and photogenic but don’t be surprised if you’re the only farang 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.

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 the sight!


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 well signposted turn off to the left for Mae Surin National Park and the Bua Thong fields. They lie around 12 kilometres further along atop a very steep hill. If you’re travelling by public transport -- then forget it!

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