The most unique place in the world! Imagine floating between millions of lotuses. Sounds like a dream? Well it actually can be true if you visit the northeastern attraction in Thailand – Red Lotus Sea.
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 and then find your needs satisfying transport to Kumphawapi. The nearest city to the lake. Nong Han Lake or as Thai people call it ‘Talay Bua Daeng’ is the only attraction there. So many tourist only make the day tours to visit it, but we recommend you to stay for a night in the village.
The best time to see the blooms of lotuses is just after the sunrise. It means you have to be super early by the boat which takes to to the middle of the lake the majority of the flowers are floating. If you go from Udon Thani it means you have to leave not later than 6 a.m. That’s why we were happy to get up in the place and walk for 10 minutes to reach the lake.
Perfect place on the right time
Red Lotus Sea will leave you amazed, but keep it 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 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’ll probably be disappointed. December to February is best time, with December to be the peak of the bloom. So if it happens you visit Thailand at this time, don’t waste the opportunity to see it! Other sights in Thailand have occasional dates to visit as well.
The most romantic place
If you are traveling with your spouse this place must be on your list. We think that it’s a good way to celebrate Valentine’s day there. 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 in nature. You’ll most likely see lotus flowers at a home shrine, a spirit house, an ancestral spirit altar or inside a temple. Lotuses have a different function as well, they are also eatable fot the most part.
Lotus seeds are embedded in young lotus pods which when young can be eaten raw. In addition to peeling off and discarding the skin before eating, you also have to remove the green sprouts inside the seeds (they are very bitter, but good for your heart). You can find lotus at the Thai market to buy, you’ll be also surprised how many goods you can find there!
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. Enjoy the magic of Thai dishes.
P.S. Eisve wasn’t crying because Justinas didn’t take picture with her as usual at the end of the article, but because our train didn’t arrive. We had to find another type of transport in the end.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.