This weekend I went on a two-day trip at the invitation of TAT Lopburi. The highlights were the train trip across the lake at Pasak Jolasid dam and the sunflower fields. More information about the train trip on my blog. For the sunflowers, it isn’t easy to visit as they are often in the middle of nowhere. However, some guest houses in Lopburi offer day trips that include the sunflower fields.
Date of travel: 2-3 December 2018
Waiting at Pasak Jolasid Railway Station for the weekend day-trip train from Bangkok. It’s due to arrive at 10am but it’s running 30 minutes late. Tickets from here to the viewpoint in the middle of the lake is 60 Baht. Ticket doesn’t include a seat but it’s only 5 minutes away.
We will be at the viewpoint on Pasak Jolasid lake for about 30 minutes. If you want, you can join the weekend trip from Bangkok. It’s only 270 Baht. But if you come with your own transport, you can see the highlight and then go and see the sunflower fields after.
Highlight of the Pasak Jolasid Dam train trip is stopping on the bridge on the lake. They stop on a curve which makes it a more better picture. We were allowed to get off the train for about 30 minutes.
In case you’re curious, here’s a 360° shot of a squat toilet on a Thai train. Click here for an image that you can manipulate: https://360.mythailandphotos.com/2018/12/02/squat-toilet-on-a-thai-train/ But, where am I in this 360° picture?
A selection of 360° photos taken from the train and the railway bridge across Pasak Jolasid lake in Lopburi. Click here: http://360.mythailandphotos.com/2018/12/02/pasak-jolasid-train-trip/
Aerial photos of the train stopped on the bridge across Pasak Jolasid lake. We were allowed to get off the train for about 30 minutes.
🚆 Train Trips to Pasak Jolasid dam every weekend from now until 27 January 2019. Click here for details http://www.thaitravelblogs.com/2018/11/train-trips-to-pasak-jolasid-dam-from-18-november-2018-to-27-january-2019/
The passengers who took the daytrip from Bangkok now have about three hours at Pasak Jolasid dam before returning home. They will get back at about 6:20pm. We are going elsewhere.
Lunch today was at Eh Pla Tod Samunphrai 2 restaurant (เอ๋ ปลาทอดสมุนไพร2) in Phatthana Nikhom District of Lopburi. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/neAxyH9kpuC2
Coffee shops and cafes are starting to pop up all over the place. Rice fields are a popular location. One of the latest in Lopburi is Sabaydee Cafe (สบายดี คาเฟ่) in Nong Bua, Phatthana Nikhom District. This one is on the edge of a papaya orchard. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8ydDj71T6px
Sabaydee Cafe (สบายดี คาเฟ่) in Nong Bua, Phatthana Nikhom District of Lopburi.
A selfie taken on a tractor and trailer ride through a papaya orchard in Lopburi. But can you spot the selfie stick? Click here for the 360° version: https://360.mythailandphotos.com/2018/12/02/tractor-ride-in-a-papaya-orchard
A relatively new tourist attraction in Lopburi is Rai Sap Prayun (ไร่ทรัพย์ประยูร) in Phatthana Nikhom district of Lopburi. The fern garden has been there for a few years, but there’s now a few new additions.
At Rai Sap Prayun in Phatthana Nikhom district of Lopburi, there’s now a coffee shop and they’ve just finished building a wooden bridge across a lotus pond. They just need to plant more lotuses and it will be very beautiful. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jxd5uXVdV162
Dinner at Ban Suan Kwan (บ้านสวนขวัญ จังหวัดลพบุรี) in Mahason, Ban Mi district of Lopburi. This place is a center for agro tourism. The also have homestay. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/PxbuopLz9oA2
DAY TWO: Good morning from a sunflower field in Lopburi province.
A sunflower field in Lopburi province this morning shortly after sunrise.
A sunflower field in Chon Saradet, Lopburi province. This set of photos were taken this morning with a drone. The best viewpoint is slightly elevated. But not too high as you won’t see the yellow flowers any more. But high shots do make for good patterns.
The best time to visit the sunflower fields of Lopburi and Saraburi is early morning or late afternoon. During the heat of the day they look wilted. You have to drive around a bit to find them, but there are usually signs pointing the way from the main highways.
Sunflower field in Wang Chan, Khok Samrong District, Lopburi. Video shot on 3rd December 2018. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/TD8HdbUxVbw
You really need your own transport to visit the sunflower fields of Lopburi. They are literally in the middle of nowhere. I would suggest a day trip to Pasak Chonlasit Dam and you will then find several fields along Highway 3017. Visit them first and then go to the dam.
I’ve uploaded some 360° photos of the sunflower fields on my blog. Click here: http://360.mythailandphotos.com/2018/12/03/sunflower-field-in-lopburi/
Lunch at Ban Rai Issara restaurant (บ้านไร่อิสระ) in Chon Sandet, Nong Muang District, Lopburi. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/v1AomNGG8JC2
Phra Phrom Thewali (ท้าวมหาพรหม), alongside the Asia Highway in Singburi, was built in 2008 as a symbolic protective totem for the town of Phromburi. It is believed to be the largest Brahma image in Thailand. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5s2gYCyPTUF2
Aerial photos of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Prang Muni in Singburi. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/RU5sJtr2d5w
That’s a wrap on my two-day trip to Lopburi province. I hope you enjoyed my photos and I’ve inspired you to visit. See you on the next trip. Meanwhile, I’m back at school tomorrow.