In full bloom

Curcuma blooms are at their best at this time of the year. The best place to see them is the national park in Chaiyaphum. photo

The rainy season has officially begun and the downpour is a wake-up call for many travel destinations featuring colourful wild blossoms.

A few places turn vibrant with flowers after the first rainfall. Pa Hin Ngam National Park and the adjacent Saithong National Park in Chaiyaphum will be among the first places with rainy blossoms when krachieo flowers or Siam Tulips start blooming.

Once a year, from early June to August, the Siam Tulip will be in full bloom. The pinkish-purple wild flowers scatter the vast green fields in the forest. Tourists consider this a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent flower fields in its natural setting.

The plant’s botanical name is Curcuma, which is the same as ginger. Located on a mountain, the Pa Hin Ngam National Park is also well known for rock formations that tower the forest. The park features a number of scenic points. Saithong National Park has the white krachieo species.

In mid-June, pro phu (Caulokaempferia Thailandica) will begin flowering. One of the best places to enjoy the pink blossoms is in Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in Loei. The sanctuary is home to an abundance of wild flowers and orchids.

Towards the end of July, pro phu at Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park in Phitsanulok will be in bloom. The pro phu flowers here are unique for their white colour. Lan Hin Poom, the cliff-side rock terrace viewpoint, is densely covered with these flowers. Normally, wild flowers in national parks last for two months.

Later in August, ngon nak (Murdannia giganteum) in Phu Soi Dao National Park in Uttaradit will wake up from a long sleep and bloom in different hues, ranging from white, pink, violet to light blue. The landrace flowers can be found growing densely in big fields and last until September.

Phu Soi Dao National Park is famed for magnificent fields with these pinkish flowers, among towering trees and an all-day mist. The park’s highest mountain is Phu Soi Dao, the country’s fourth highest peak at 2,102m above sea level. It has a big waterfall that tourists can enjoy.

All destinations are located on mountains, with comfortable weather all-year round. Call the parks for blooming schedules.