Float among the flowers

Earth gallery by Pongpet Mekloy

After years of environmental issues, the lotuses and water lilies of Thung Sam Roi Yot have returned to the wetlands. Thousands of the flowers are now in full bloom.

Thung Sam Roi Yot, also known as Bueng Bua, is located on the west side of the national park and is less than an hour's drive south of the famous resort of Hua Hin. Until recently, it had suffered from the water drying up and other environmental problems. But the situation has greatly improved, thanks to efforts by the locals and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.

Apart from the bua (Thai for lotuses and water lilies), the rejuvenated marshland is home to a variety of other aquatic plants. Together they make up a habitat for various animals, from fish to insects to birds. At this time of year, visitors to Thung Sam Roi Yot will spot not just the resident birds but also migratory species that fled the freezing weather from countries further north, a double bonus for nature lovers.

The park has built an elevated pathway that allows you to enjoy the view of the wetland. However, if you wish to get a closer look at the lotuses, you need to hire a boat from a local. Each boat can fit four passengers. The tour takes about one-and-a-half hours and costs 600 baht per boat (life vests provided).

Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit Thung Sam Roi Yot. The first gives you fresher flowers, the latter a sunset. For those who choose to go in the evening, it's a good idea to bring some mosquito repellent.

For inquiries and information about Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park's attractions, visit its Facebook page. To book a boat, call 080-956-7876.