Despite tropical storm Talim delivering more rain to Thailand, a sea of mist is expanding across Sai Thong and Pa Hin Ngam national parks in the northeastern town of Chaiyaphum as dok krachiao (Siam tulips) burst into bloom to greet a crowd of visitors between July and August.
Visitors can take in the astonishing views of four pink Siam tulip fields in Sai Thong National Park, which is encircled by the Phang Hoei mountain range and features a 4km trekking trail. Between 1979 and 1989, this area was utilised as part of a forest concession to generate subpar wood and rubber wood.
In 1992, this 200,000 rai of land was turned into a national park, and in 1994, it opened to tourists who wanted to learn more about the dry dipterocarp forest, local flora and wildlife there during the rainy season. You can explore the verdant Siam tulip forest, which spans 1,000 rai of grassland on a pleasant two-hour stroll.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park. (Photo courtesy of Pa Hin Ngam National Park)
Sai Thong National Park.
Siam tulips grow well in a dry dipterocarp forest and pasturelands, where they can absorb moisture from fog. More than 30 various hues of Siam tulip species can be seen in the park. In contrast, a white Siam tulip with a shorter stalk blooms for just two months. In this location, visitors may also find a number of edible jelly-like fruits, which can be cooked with syrup.
Standing as a reception at an altitude of 867m, Pha Ham Hod provides visitors a panoramic view of verdant alpine scenery in tambons Phraya Lae and Wichian Buri before you navigate a labyrinth of winding walkways to reach stunning cycad woodlands where Siam tulips are surrounded by bamboo grass, ferns, and Indian head ginger. On the other side, Pa Hin Ngam National Park stands on more than 60,000 rai of land between the Dong Phaya Yen Mountains and the Khorat Plateau. Established in 2007, it is home to the Sud Phan Din viewpoint, where visitors can take in beautiful views of the Sonthi River valley and the Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary before walking down a long wooden bridge to an extensive meadow of pink Siam tulips.
- Sai Thong National Park is at 81, Nong Bua Rawe district, Chaiyaphum. To find more details, call 089-282-3437 or visit facebook.com/SaithongOfficial.
- Pa Hin Ngam National Park is in Thep Sathit district, Chaiyaphum. For further details, call 082-131-3371 or visit facebook.com/PaHinNgamnationnalpark.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park.