ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
This year’s Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival once again sees fields of the Siam Tulip, or Dok Krachiao, blooming in full colour in the Northeastern province of Chaiyaphum.
Each year this annual festival draws local and foreign tourists to admire the gorgeous pinkish-purple flowers adorning the countryside in scenic floral beauty.
The two main spots for admiring the blooming Siam Tulip are Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand works together with Chaiyaphum province each year in organizing the Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park are around a four-hour drive from Bangkok or five hours by bus.
Aside from the Dok Krachiao in all its blooming majesty, the parks also offer other picturesque natural landscapes to enjoy. Pa Hin Ngam National Park was named for its strange rock formations caused by erosion and which take on various shapes and play with the imagination, while the 846-metre-high Sood Phaen Din Cliff viewpoint affords dramatic vistas of the surrounding countryside and is also famous for its ‘sea of clouds’ views.
There are also a couple of medium-sized waterfalls. Sai Thong National Park is known for Sai Thong Waterfall with its 100-metre cascade down rocks, while its highest point is Khao Phang Hoei at a height of 1,008 metres.