We woke early to the sound of s c r e a m i n g cockerels (all day, erry day), threw on some clothes and hopped in the car. The village where we were staying, Sakon Nakhon, is pretty secluded and rural, if ya wanna go on a adventure, a vehicle is super helpful!
We drove south as the sun began to rise, sleepy and in search of the Red Lotus Sea. I had done a wee bit of research before our trip and stumbled across this absolute gem. A huge lake full of millions of vibrant red lotus flowers. If that doesn’t sound like heaven on earth that I’m not sure what does.
After reading around 12938 reviews on Trip Advisor, we took everyone’s advice and went early in the morning. Apparently the flowers start to close as the heat rises (it gets HOT). Don’t worry too much about being SUPER early, I reckon arriving at 9/10 is absolutely fine.
It wasn’t at all busy when we arrived, we hopped straight onto a boat and set off on our two hour adventure.
Initially there aren’t many flowers, you start to think to yourself, is this it? Nopa, it ain’t. Just sit back, soak up the morning breeze and spot all the beautiful Swallows flying along beside you. As you travel further into the lake, more and more flowers start to appear. Before long, fields upon fields of bright pink stretch out before you. It is breathtaking.
I did feel like I might be in the Tangled scene and I was OK with that. I could have stayed there for hours on end, preferably with a picnic and bottle of something cool and bubbly, maybe next time!
Once we reached the centre of the lake the noisy engine grinded to a halt. A huge sense of tranquility washed over us, it was just so still and peaceful. We took it in (ahem, and took a few snaps) before approaching a small, peculiar island. A home of wise Buddhas, lots of Buddhist sculptures and a few viewpoints (up V dodgy wooden staircases, eep)!
Feeling slightly under dressed, we clambered back on the boat and glided all the way back to shore.
It is such a lovely way to take in the beauty of Thailand, making you feel like you might feature in an episode of Planet Earth, seeing the sights whilst relaxing in the sunshine.
If you find yourself in the area, make sure you visit.
P.S: I created a lil travel vlog of our trip in Thailand over on my YouTube if you fancy a watch <3