Thailand gives the Dutch a run for their tulip bulbs

Holland is a country known for its tulips. The former Dutch empire, for a time, valued its currency not on gold or platinum but tulip bulbs. Thailand may not be known specifically for its tulips, but starting from now until August, visitors to Chalyaphum will be able to enjoy the Siam Tulip Festival. For more information click here

The flowers are known in Thai as dok krachiao, and are in full bloom around now. A trip to Pa Hin Ngam National Park will showcase the flowers on over 1,000 acres of land, as well as in Sai Thong National Park.

This may sound like a lot of space to use just for a flower festival, but Chalyaphum province has plenty of space to go around. The province occupies over 12,000 square kilometres in the northeast region of Thailand, and the Krachiao festival has given the province a certain notoriety.

Aside form the seasonal flowers, Pa Hin Ngam National Park is also home to a !0-kilometre squre rock garden, whose shapes have been formed by Mother Nature over thousands of years.

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