Loei and Phu Rua Once Again Part Two

On day two of our trip to Loei we had an early breakfast and then set off for Phu Rua and its annual flower festival. As things turned out we had missed the festival by one day but Phu Rua is one of Thailand’s rich horticultural regions and its beautiful bouquet of colourful plants and flowers are enough to make the brightest rainbow cast an envious eye.

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A sun-kissed marigold field in Phu Rua. And a second scarecrow when I ventured in. Entrance was 10 baht and the marigold field was very popular with Thai tourists and their cameras.

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Phu Rua has more garden centres and small flower shops than London has illegal immigrants. That’s saying something. Phu Rua is a mountainous region and early morning temperatures can be cool, even cold, but the views are always red-hot.

SAM 4915 Loei and Phu Rua Once Again Part TwoFlowers are everywhere in Phu Rua. A simple steak and coffee shop is morphed into a spectacular flower garden cum restaurant….. ‘Waiter, there’s a flower in my soup!’. I loved the bicycle with its flower-filled baskets.

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A flower garden display in Phu Rua. The colours are amazing and the nic-nacs simple, but beautiful still. Displays like this appear around every corner in Phu Rua. It was pretty difficult trying to find a beer.

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Phu Rua holds its annual flower festival in the town centre and despite us missing this year’s event there were still plenty of Thai tourists about. Thai women just love being photographed, even if sometimes they have to do it themselves.

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We travelled around Loei and Phu Rua in our own car but some of the locals prefer more traditional and practical means of transport.

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Loei was holding its 1st International Mask Exhibition during our stay and I couldn’t resist taking a peek at the amazing collection of masks on display. A full post review will come soon.

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So how many flowers can you get in a Honda City motor?…. this was most of them but not all, and then there was more. Five pairs of shoes, four travel bags, three bottles of wine, two large wire flower displays, two cuddly toys, one laptop and enough food to sink a flotilla, Tang Moo, Moy, Wi and me…… nearly forgot….. one empty wallet and four souls filled with many happy memories of Loei and Phu Rua.

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4 thoughts on “Loei and Phu Rua Once Again Part Two

  1. Martyn, I’ve driven by Phu Rua (even snapped a photo of those mock houses) but I missed the flower show too. Darn. Next year… perhaps… or the year after that.

    “Five pairs of shoes, four travel bags, three bottles of wine, two large wire flower displays, two cuddly toys, one laptop and enough food to sink a flotilla, Tang Moo, Moy, Wi and me.”

    And that’s a car-load for sure! I made it to Chateau du Loi on my trip but none of their wine made it back with me (too heavy to fuss with on the train).
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  2. I remember seeing one of those stretch, tractor thingys…not sure what they use them for? Transporting long things I suppose. And, the masks, the Phi Ta Khon masks! One item I never got around to purchasing while passing through, but rumour has it a good friend of mine has one waiting for me when we return ;) I look forward to your more detailed post and pics. It sounds like the empty wallet and crammed car was well worth the happy memories.
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  3. Hi Marty, Good to see you up and running again. Looking forward to the photos from the Mask Exhibition. I saw the day time temperature reading at 17 degrees. I am sure it made you miss Sunny Swindon and wishing you were there (NOT.)
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  4. Catherine – Apologies to you and everyone else for replying late but the last few days of my holiday were very busy. Travelling home my body ached all over and now a day and a half on I’m still a walking zombie.

    Chateau de Loei has been a big disappointment to some people. It’s probably not worth the extra travel weight.

    Snap – You know whar a scenic part of Thailand Loei and Phu Rua are. I’ve only ever been ther over New Year but I bet it’s nice for most parts of the year.

    Yes… happy memories.

    How – The daytime temperatures in Loei were probably mid to high twenties and for once early morning and evening weren’t chilly at all. I can assure you I didn’t miss Swindon one bit.

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