The Sunflower Fields of Lopburi.

 

We got the season right this time. 

The sunflower fields in Lopburi only blooms end of the year (November – January) in Lopburi, a province that’s 3 hours away by train. I was concerned about bringing the parents along since the train did not have air-conditioning, but I was proud that they stuck it out all way there and back. In the end it was me who needed the rest, from the heat of the sun.

Getting there took quite some planning.

The day before departure, I made a quick search on the State Railway of Thailand train schedule and called them (hotline number: 1690/1490) to confirm the timing. The staff who picked up my phone was very helpful and patient. He gave me the following information for 2 types of trains:

  • Rapid train: 94b/person (fan only)
  • Train Num: 111 (second/third class only)
  • Time: 7am (departure) – 945am (arrival)
  • Special Express Train: 374b/person 
  • Train Num: 7 (first class with air-conditioning)
  • Time: 830am (departure) – 1028am (arrival)

We took the rapid train and bought our tickets at the counter in Hua Lamphong station, an hour before the train departed. We brought along some bread in case we got hungry and at 630am, went to the platform to get on our train.

Go an hour early before departure time to secure your tickets.

Go an hour early before departure time to secure your tickets.

Enter through this door to the platform area.

Enter through this door to the platform area.

 

Arriving in Lopburi, the Monkey Kingdom.

Bear in mind that trains often get delayed, just like ours which departed an hour after the scheduled timing. After 3 hours and 18 stations later, we finally reached Lopburi at 1050am. I went to the ticket counter to purchase our tickets back to Bangkok at 240pm and spoke to the girl at the information counter, who gave me a map of Lopburi.

Apparently there’s no tuk tuk that goes to the sunflower fields, so we went outside and found a taxi right in front of the station. The taxi was actually a mini lorry with modified seats at the back for passengers. Our driver was an old, wrinkly dark man with a hat, who didn’t understand an ounce of English. We had to ask someone from the taxi stand to explain the cost to us which us 200b/person for the whole journey there and back. We said yes and hopped into the taxi, with me sitting in the front seat.

Lopburi is the second capital after Ayutthaya and known as the monkey Kingdom because of the many monkeys that can be seen in the city, especially around the Prang Sam Yot (a Khmer temple) and Sarn Phra Karn (a Khmer shrine). These monkeys are fed 3 times a day as to not disturb the visitors to the city.

The difference between a second class and third class berth. In third class, there's no reserved seating area.

The difference between a second class and third class berth. In third class, there’s no reserved seating area.

Trains are often delayed so sit back and wait patiently (or take a nap).

Trains are often delayed so sit back and wait patiently (or take a nap).

 

Hello mini sunflower field!

Our first stop was 20 minutes away from the Old Town of Lopburi, a mini sunflower field in someone’s farm which was small. It felt as though we were trespassing but according to the driver, it was okay for us to walk across the grey soil and into the farm. So we did just that, wondering to ourselves if this was worth taking the 3 hours train to Lopburi. That thought diminished when we started taking photographs of the big sunflowers with a few almost as large as my face!

We were puzzled when the taxi driver dropped us at this sunflower field which looked like a private property. We had to cross the soil to get into the farm.

We were puzzled when the taxi driver dropped us at this sunflower field which looked like a private property. We had to cross the soil to get into the farm.

Beautiful bright yellow sunflowers!

Beautiful bright yellow sunflowers!

Playing hide and seek.

Playing hide and seek.

A selfie with the parents in Lopburi sunflower fields.

A selfie with the parents in Lopburi sunflower fields.

No photo filter for this one.

No photo filter for this one.

 

Next up Khao Jeen Lae, a larger sunflower farm. 

After 3o minutes under the hot sun, we went back to the taxi asking the driver if he would take us somewhere els. He repeatedly said Khao Jeen Lae and pointed to the map with a symbol of a mountain (no sunflowers) excitedly. We followed his suggestion and arrived at a bigger farm or rather a sunflower park with acres of bright yellow sunflowers! There’s a row of stalls selling sunflower seeds, souvenirs, a petting area for farm animals (goats) and ponies.

We hopped onto the mini train for 20b/person which goes around the farm, stopping at one point for us to go down and take photos with the sunflowers. A group of horses came to where we were and we took photos with them, leaving the riders with tips.

After all the photos, we bought 2 bags of sesame seeds or kuaci (for 100b), tried a few and had a cool coconut drink before heading back to the train station. In total we spent about 2 hours for both sunflower fields, which was pretty good timing.

Arriving at a bigger sunflower farm in Khao Jeen Lae.

Arriving at a bigger sunflower farm in Khao Jeen Lae.

A windmill and a giant sunflower statue makes a good spot for photos.

A windmill and a giant sunflower statue makes a good spot for photos.

Ponies and horses trot around the sunflower field.

Ponies and horses trot around the sunflower field.

Feed these goats with a bottle of milk if you have more time.

Feed these goats with a bottle of milk if you have more time.

 

Lunch at a Halal Muslim Restaurant.

If you feel hungry, there’s ample of restaurants in the city for you to try before you head back to Bangkok. For us, we went to a Halal Muslim Restaurant just across the railway tracks of the Lopburi train station. Yes we had to go down, looked right and left, crossed all the tracks to the restaurant. My dad had seen in when we arrived at the station and we decided to try it out.

The place looked new and clean. No shoes are allowed in the shop so we placed them outside. We ordered a simple dish of basil chicken with rice for 30b each and drinks, which turned out to be good. Lucky for us, we returned to the station before a cargo train arrived, blocking the long stretch of tracks.

Cross the tracks to the Halal Muslim restaurant.

Cross the tracks to the Halal Muslim restaurant.

 

Would I visit the fields again?

Given this experience, I would visit the fields again with an alternative option of transportation. If we’re in a big group, I would suggest hiring a car/taxi from Bangkok to Lopburi and sharing the cost together. It’s more comfortable and you’ll have more time in the fields or to other places of interest in Lopburi. In our case, we couldn’t visit other landmarks and only had time to go to the sunflower fields.

The place is very well maintained and visitors know enough not to pluck the flowers or break them. We made sure we touched them lightly and not to litter the area. So yes I would definitely come back and spend more time in this province to visit other interesting spots.

Inside the tiny taxi which feels like a mini lorry.

Inside the tiny taxi which feels like a mini lorry.

 

Some handy information:

Location: Lopburi, Thailand | Visiting Hours: November-January yearly | Trains: To Lopburi (3 hours), taxi to sunflower fields and back. | Special Train:  Look out for the special train that goes straight to the sunflower fields organized by the State Railway of Thailand | Others: Wear a hat, bring water and wear comfortable clothes, shoes.

 

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

19 Responses to The Sunflower Fields of Lopburi.

  1. natasha ishak says:

    Hi there. How do i go to Lopburi if lets say i’m from Bangkok? And do you think it’s safe to travel alone?

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Natasha,

      As per my blog post, you can take the train from Hua Lamphong station all the way to Lopburi and it is okay to travel alone as long as you’re alert and comfortable in doing so. Take safety precautions as always.

  2. Alison says:

    Hello, I wish to go lopburi in End November 2017, but unfortunately this special train to the pasak cholasid dam dont stop at the sunflower field this year.
    so how to go to the sunflower field from the dam.

  3. Lina says:

    Thank you for sharing!. Is the Khao Jeen Lae Sunflower Field better than other sunflower field? I heard people said go to King’s Farm. Is it the same field? Tq

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Lina,

      I’m not sure about King’s Farm as I’ve never heard of it before. You may need to do a bit of research before you head there to be sure.

  4. Syahidah says:

    thanks for the article. love reading it and very helpful. i plan to go this coming december. hopefully i will hv the opportunity to see these beautiful sunflowers. thanks for sharing again.

  5. Midi says:

    Hi, Good Day

    I plan to visit here on Oct 28,2017. It is suitable to visit here?

    Thanks for great article

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Midi,

      Best to check on Thailand Railway website before you visit Lopburi Sunflower Fields. I made a mistake once of not checking and ended up going there exploring the town instead of the sunflower fields.

  6. amiera says:

    hi, i’m about to go to thailand by the end of october, unfortunately there’s an updated news about the flood that’s affecting the sunflower seeds. but it is not confirmed yet, may i know where can i get a valid sites/blogs/ any channel that is trustworthy to be ask? if you know any, do help me out

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Amiera,

      You can check with the State Railway System since they manage the trains to Lopburi. They might be able to help you. The link is: http://www.railway.co.th/home/default.aspx?ID=&lang=EN

      I gave them a call to confirm the season with them and they adviced me the train schedule etc. They can speak English and are very helpful.

      Regards.

    • alex says:

      Visit Lopburi’s sunflower fields
      Tour itinerary
      This tour is available from November 1st until January 15th.
      N.B. The sunflower fields are expected be in full bloom from November 25th onward.
      08.30 Pick up from Lopburi train station area
      09.30 Visit several sunflower fields in Lopburi, including the large fields in Phatthana Nikom district
      11:30 Transfer to Lopburi train station area
      Private Tour
      No booking fee, no service charge, no other charges
      Group size Rate

      1 – 2 ฿ 800
      3 – 4 ฿ 1000
      5 – 6 ฿ 1200
      7 – 8 ฿ 1400
      9 – 10 ฿ 1600
      11 – 12 ฿ 1800
      Prices in Thai Baht for the group, not per person
      Inclusions
      Pickup & drop off from Lopburi train station area
      Knowledgeable English speaking guide
      Refund policy
      No-Show: No refund
      Cancellation less than 48 hours before: No refund
      Cancellation over 48 hours before: Full refund
      Tour Booking contact : 086-401-5871
      Line id : alextcb

  7. Bino says:

    That’s a nice view! Were you there in late December?

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Bino,

      Yes I was and it was gorgeous! The flowers were so yellow. I wanted to go on the special train to Lopburi but they cancelled it last year. Maybe it’ll come back this year (2016). Have you been here before?

      Cheers,
      Fie

      • hanj9s says:

        hello,
        what do u mean special train to lop buri?
        is it different than the one you took which also went to lop Buri eventually?
        or do u mean the train comes with a package to go to sunflower field after arriving at lop buri train station?

        also,which date in specific you went there in December?on Christmas?

        • fienuts says:

          Hi there,

          I read on the Thai Railway website that they have a special train that stops at Lopburi so that you can take photos of the sunflowers and then it heads back to the city. Unfortunately, it was in repair when I was there so I didn’t ask further. Otherwise you can take the normal train that heads to Chiangmai, stopping at Lopburi along the way. I was in Lopburi on Jan 3.

  8. Lenii says:

    Hi there.. nice article.
    May i ask you something?
    I have a plan to go to Lopburi on 29th Jan..which is already at the end of Jan..
    Do you think the sunflower still blossom? Is it worth it to go there at that date?

    Thanks beforehand

    Leni

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Leni,

      Did you mean 29th Feb? I guess it’s best to check with the State Railway of Thailand for more information. They can speak English quite well.
      When I was there on the first week of Jan, some of flowers were starting to droop because they’ve been blooming since end of last year (maybe). I hope you get to see it still! Let me know if you managed to get any information from them.

      Cheers,
      Fie

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