BANGKOK (NNT) - The year-end tourism season has already started with cooler temperatures in the northern region, which brings us picturesque scenery in flower gardens such as in Chiang Rai where hundreds of Mexican sunflowers are now in full bloom on Doi Hua Mae Kham mountain. Many visitors have started travelling up there to witness this natural beauty.
Bua Tong or Mexican sunflowers are now in full bloom at a field on Doi Hau Mae Kham mountain in Mae Salong Nai subdistrict. Visitors have come and take pictures of this natural beauty while enjoying cool breezes.
Mexican sunflowers on this mountain regularly bloom in November, starting early in the month, and coming into full bloom in the middle of the month; they will fade away at the end of the month.
At this time, a tourism event is being held promoting the culture of mountain people. The field has been specially renovated this year to welcome tourists, and feature an observation bridge where visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view of the field.
Special activities are arranged and include performances showing the lifestyles of eight ethnic minorities, traditional Khan Tok dinner, and an alms giving ceremony for horse riding Buddhist monks. These activities will be taking place on 15-17 November.
With the colder climate and winds prevailing over the upper parts of Thailand, the temperature in the area has continued to decrease, with dense fog in the mornings reducing visibility to less than 100 meters. Road users are encouraged to turn on their car headlights and exercise extra caution while driving in a temperature around 22 degrees Celsius for safety. Drivers should be more cautious when driving on unfamiliar roads and around hairpin turns up and down the mountain.
Nan Hospital deputy director Pongthep Wongwatcharapaiboon has advised villagers to take care of their well-being to protect themselves from winter illnesses, especially among elders, small children, and persons with chronic diseases.
He said villagers should exercise, eat nutritious food, and rest well to allow their bodies to acclimatize and prevent illnesses, refrain from drinking alcohol, and keep themselves warm while sleeping by wearing warm clothes and tucking themselves in, under blankets. They should quickly go to see a doctor at any sign of illness.