In Thailand, the cool season, which last from December to February, is the time many Thais look forward to. The weather is pleasantly cool and many flowers bloom during this period, attracting a lot of photographers and tourists to visit the blooming sites, particularly in the northern region.

Several provinces in the north and the north-east of Thailand become popular among flower watchers. Khun Chang Khien Agricultural Training and Research Center in the Chiang Mai is one of the best places to see the wild cherry blossom. The center will be covered with wild Himalayan cherries with their pinkish flowers, painting the entire valley in pink. Other species of plants in the area also come into bloom with their own colors. It is a marvellous site to visit during this time of the year. The blooming period last around 3 and 4 weeks, depending on the weather. It is hard to predict the start of the blooming season. So check with local travel agents before you go.

Wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom at Khun Chang Kien, Chiang Mai.  Photo by BoonmeSukulamonrat

Wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom at Khun Chang Kien, Chiang Mai. Photo by Boonme Sukulamonrat

Additionally, there are other private parks and farms that open their places to the public to admire the spectacular display of flowers and exotic plants. Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, and Singha Park in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, are also beautiful places to visit.

Jim Thompson Farm is only a couple hour drive northeast of Bangkok. It is a private farm that opens to the public once a year between December and January. As the name suggests, this farm supplies raw material for silk products of the famous ‘Jim Thompson Thai Silk’ brand. The farm is divided into sections that grow different types of plants such as mulberry and other decorative plants. There is admission fee (between 120 and 140 Baht/adult) for the farm tour that includes a visit to a flower field, a vegetable farm, a display of houses built in Thai northeastern style and plant nurseries. It is family friendly and a good place to shop for food and agricultural products.

Colorful Garden at Jim Thompson Farm, Pak Thong Chai, Nakornratchasima

Colorful Garden at Jim Thompson Farm, Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Located in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Singha Park, locally known as ‘Rai Bune Rod’ is another favorite farm for local tourists. This sustainable organic farm is owned by a business tycoon Mr. Santi Bhirombhakdi, who is the owner of Singha Corporation Co., Ltd, Thailand’s leading brewery. The farm once served as the company’s main plantation that supplied barley grass to its brewing plant. Due to recent climate change in Chiang Rai, the company decided to change it to grow a variety of flowers and other crops instead.  Tea is one of them.  Now the tea plantation in Singha Park is one of the biggest tea growing sites in the country. The area of 3,000 acres consists of agricultural zones, a plant nursery, a lake, biking lane, a restaurant and recreational activities. A shuttle bus will take visitors for a tour in the farm with stops at some scenic spots. It opens to tourists throughout the year.

Tea and other organic plantation in Singha Park, Chiang Rai

Tea and other organic plantation in Singha Park, Chiang Rai Province

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