Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Chaiyaphum Province Welcomes Visitors to Its Flower Festival

Chaiyaphum province in northeastern Thailand is preparing to welcome all visitors coming to appreciate the exceptional beauty and natural wonder of "Siam tulips” in full bloom.

Locally known as "Dok Krachiao,” the Siam tulip is a pinkish-purple wildflower grown in abundance in this province. The botanical name is Curcuma and its flower is butterfly-like. Since Siam tulips are in bloom en masse once a year in the early part of the rainy season, Chaiyaphum province holds a flower festival during this season each year.

According to Chaiyaphum Governor Chusak Trisarn, the Dok Krachiao Festival 2017 will be held for four months, from 1 June to 30 September. The official opening of the festival is scheduled for 17 June at Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district. The festival, which has become a major cultural event of Chaiyaphum, also includes folk arts and cultural shows and a bazaar of community products.

The Chaiyaphum Governor said that a public relations campaign would be stepped up through the online system this year in order to make this festival better known among both Thai and foreign tourists. The upcoming festival will provide an opportunity for all visitors to see magnificent Siam tulip fields covering an area of more than 240 acres at Pa Hin Ngam National Park.

He said that the national park is the most beautiful place in Thailand to observe Siam tulip fields in a natural setting. The province is making arrangements to facilitate traffic flows, provide sufficient accommodation, and ensure safety for visitors to the festival. Visitors can enjoy hiking and getting close to the pristine nature surrounding the park.

About 340 kilometers from Bangkok, Chaiyaphum province is rich in hills and rock formations, as well as flora and fauna. The province also boasts beautiful waterfalls. Pa Hin Ngam National Park, in particular, is located on a mountain with cool weather all year round.

Visitors to this national park are recommended to stop at the edge of the park, about 800 meters above sea level. This area is a scenic point where an excellent view of the province can be found.

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