Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake in Udon Thani is spread over 8,000 acres in the Northeast of Thailand. Famous for its beautiful red lotus flowers (the lotuses are actually pink) which blossom during the cool season, the lake is given the appropriate moniker Talay Bua Daeng (Red Lotus Sea). The lake feature millions of beautiful pink lotus flowers that sprout in the lake, turning it into a romantic fairy tale-like attraction.

Fisherman at Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake, Udonthani, Thailand
Fisherman at Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake, Udonthani, Thailand

HOW TO GO TO?

The Red Lotus Lake is a 45 minutes drive from Udon Thani International Airport. The best way to go there from the airport is to rent a car, which you can do at the airport.  Of course the option to go by  tuk tuk or a taxi is also possible but this would be more expensive than renting your own car.

From the Airport take highway 2 and then turn left on road 2350.  From there you start to see signs and beautiful photos of the Red Lotus Lake. Just follow the signs.

Raquel at Red Lotus Lake in Udonthani, Thailand
Boating around millions of beautiful pink lotus flowers is just simply amazing.

Our boatman stopped regularly allowing us to take photos and going directly into the flowers for us to be able to take some close up photos

WHEN TO VISIT?

It is best to visit the red lotus lake (bua daeng) during the cool season from November to February. The lotuses are in full bloom in January and February. We were there during the  Makha Bucha Holiday – February 11th – 13th, 2017 and the weather is still chilly (around 20 degrees).

Beautiful white bird at Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake, Udon Thani
Beautiful white bird at Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake, Udon Thani

 WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The best time to go there is early in the morning. The lotus flowers are in full bloom from 6:00 am to noon. We left our hotel at 5:30 am which was 30 minutes drive to the lake. We arrived at the lake just on time when they opened at 6:00 am and we were the first tourists to get there. It was the perfect time as we were able to capture the beautiful place when the moon  setting and the sun about to rise.

Sunrise at Talay Bua Daeng, Udon Thani, Thailand
Sunrise at Talay Bua Daeng, Udon Thani, Thailand

It is best recommended to stay to hotels nearby so that you can go there very early in the morning to beat the crowds that turn the lake into a zoo, especially on the weekends and  holidays

HOW MUCH TO RENT A BOAT?

Prices differ from pier around the lake – ranges from 300 – 600 THB. I believe the further the pier is, the more expensive the boat will be. We paid 400 THB for the entire boat, only me and Dave in 1 boat which took us 45 mins to go around the lake.

Update from Gecko Villa on boat prices:  “The standard going rate is THB300/hour for a 2 person long-tail boat and driver, and THB500/hour for a 10 seater aluminium boat with shade and driver. These are the prices the locals pay…so negotiate!”

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Raquel is an avid traveler and an aspiring photographer. She loves trekking, camping and mountain climbing. Raquel is also a self-taught artists having her paintings exhibited in the Philippines and in Bangkok.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Raquel, glad you enjoyed your boat trip on the Red lotus Sea, which is only 5 minutes from us!
    It is nice to hear from others who enjoy travelling off the beaten path. If you return during your time in Thailand, do let us know and perhaps even come and stay here for an easy early-morning trip to the lake.
    As an update on prices, the standard going rate is THB300/hour for a 2 person long-tail boat and driver, and THB500/hour for a 10 seater aluminium boat with shade and driver. These are the prices the locals pay…so negotiate!

    • To Gecko Villa,

      Thank you very, I hope we will have the chance to visit there again soon. And thank you also for letting us know on the update of boat prices. I’ll have that added on the on the article.

      Best regards,
      raquel

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