This unique place left us speechless. Try to imagine yourself floating between millions of lotuses. If that sounds surreal, you must visit Red Lotus Sea in Northeastern Thailand.
Red Lotus Sea
Red Lotus Sea is a lake filled with many lotuses during their blooming time. It’s a charm of Udon Thani, the northeastern region of Thailand. The lake was formed from natural swamp where every year millions of pink lotuses blooms for several months.
How to reach your destination
This attraction is about 50 km away from Udon Thani. You can take a flight or a night train to Udon Thani from Bangkok. Then you need to find transport to Kumphawapi, which is the nearest city to the lake. Nong Han Lake or as Thai people call it “Talay Bua Daeng” is the only attraction there. Therefore, many tourist take only day tours to visit it. Despite that, we recommend you to stay for a night in the nearest village.
The best time to see the blooms is right after the sunrise. That means you have to be super early by the lake. Where you can rent a boat and it takes to the middle of the lake where most of the flowers are floating.
If you go from Udon Thani it means you have to leave not later than 6 a.m. That was the reason we came to the village earlier. The following day we got up and walked for 10 minutes to reach the lake.
Perfect place on the right time
Red Lotus Sea will leave you amazed by its beauty. But keep in mind that mornings are chilly even though it’s Thailand! Be ready to put long sleeves and trousers on otherwise you will be cold and won’t enjoy the beauty of the nature that much.
There here is a trick about this place. It is incredibly beautiful, but only few Westerners make it there. The trick is the right timing. The sea of lotuses is a spectacular sight, but if you go when they’re closed up, you wont’s see anything spectacular.
From December to February is the best time to visit the Red Lotus Sea. While December is the peak of the bloom. So if it happens you visit Thailand at this time of the year, don’t waste the opportunity to see it! Some other sights in Thailand have occasional dates to visit, so keep that in mind.
The most romantic place
If you are traveling with your spouse, this place must be on your list. We think it’s a good place to celebrate Valentine’s day. What could be more romantic than floating between many red lotuses? No more words and let the pictures speaks for themselves.
Lotus in Thai cuisine
Lotus flowers in the Thai culture have a specific religion function. You’ll see lotus flowers at a home shrine, a spirit house, an ancestral spirit altar or inside a temple. Lotuses have different functions not only in religion, but they are also eatable.
Lotus seeds are embedded in young lotus pods which when young can be eaten raw. But you must peel off and discard the skin before eating. Also, you have to remove the green sprouts inside the seeds as they are super bitter, but good for your heart as Thai people say. You can buy lotus flowers at almost any typical market.
Lotus shoots and stems are also eatable in Thailand. It can be eaten raw or as a side vegetable with steamed rice. You can eat it cut into bite-sized pieces and turned into either a simple stir-fry or a classic coconut-based soup and enjoy the magic of Thai dishes.
P.S. Eisve wasn’t crying because Justinas didn’t take a picture with her as usual at the end of the article, but because our train didn’t arrive and we had to find another type of transport.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.