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