If you follow my travelogues closely enough, you would know I have a slight obsession with visiting flower fields during my travels. Growing up in a city like Singapore, there is something therapeutic about walking through a field of flowers and smelling the roses. Though no, I have never actually visited a field of roses – I imagine that would be a rather prickly experience.
There were times during my travels when I would come across an unexpected flower field while on a road trip. Like how I stumbled across a gorgeous lupine field in Ladby while driving around Denmark during our Northern Europe trip. But most of the time I prefer not to leave it to chance. I would actually google around for flower fields that are in bloom during my time of travel and plan my itinerary to make sure I visit them.
One of my favourite holiday destination is Hokkaido, and I have always wanted to visit the sunflower fields in Hokkaido. However, the sunflower season in Hokkaido does not coincide with Singapore’s school holiday. So when I found out from my friend that Thailand has sunflower fields that are in bloom in December, I decided to make a trip to Thailand last December to check them out!
11-Days Thailand Trip with Kids
Many people travel the popular tourist town of Khao Yai at the end of the year for sunflowers. While we did come across a small sunflower field in Khao Yai, the larger sunflower fields are actually located in the Saraburi / Lopburi region which is about 1 hour drive Northwest from Khao Yai.
The best way to visit the Saraburi / Lopburi sunflower fields from Khao Yai is by car. For our trip, we rented a car from Bangkok. And not only did we drive to Khao Yai and Saraburi, we also drove to Ayutthaya – which was about 1.5 hours from Saraburi, with Saraburi located in between Khao Yai and Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya Self-Drive with Kids
Driving Tips & Itinerary
Driving around the Saraburi and Lopburi region, we passed by numerous sunflower fields. However, most of the sunflower fields in the region did not allow tourists to step in.
If you are coming by car and would like to walk among the sunflowers, I recommend you head straight for the sunflower fields along route 21. There are TWO sunflower fields side by side along route 21:
Because of the road divider along route 21, you will find yourself driving North-bound along route 21 to get to the sunflower fields. When you see the first sunflower field, possibly with some cars parked along the road in front of it, you would naturally want to park along the side of the road as well and check it out. But this is actually the SMALLER field. If you have time, no harm popping in since admission fee is just 10 baht per pax.
However if you are short of time, skip the first field and keep driving and pretty soon you will come across a second field with a large carpark in front. The second field also has cost 10 baht per pax to visit, and is much larger. And there are a number of props set up throughout the field for interesting photo opportunities.
While I recommend visiting the sunflower fields by car, it is also possible to visit by train from Bangkok as well. The timing is now as flexible though, as you have to follow strictly the train timing. More information on visiting by train can be found on 10best.com.