The Siam Tulip, or Dok Krachiao, flower comes in to full bloom in the early part of the rainy season from June to August. During these months, the fields of Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district will be blanketed with the exceptional beauty of these pinkish-purple flowers.
Every year, the Chaiyaphum province in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are joining hands to organise a range of fun-filled activities including special sightseeing tours to see the fields of the pinkish Krachiao flowers and the rock garden, live music performances, trekking tours in the two National Parks, and also a local fair selling indigenous products.
This year, the TAT and Chaiyaphum province have scheduled to host the Krachiao Blooming Festival for four months, from 1 June to 30 September.
Located in a vast area, Pa Hin Ngam National Park earns its name from its location surrounded by bizarre shaped rocks. There are various sizes of stone eroded by wind and rain over millions of years. Some are world cup shaped rocks, others are radar shaped ones, or even different figures which play on the imagination.
After rain showers, both small and large varieties of Siam Tulip species rooted deep down for years gets a chance to bloom, providing colour to the park. In some areas, meadows can be seen due to abundant Siam tulips. These pink-white flowers, leaves and grasses offer fields of delightful colours. The cool foggy fields experienced at dawn are even more spectacular.
As well as the Krachiao flowers, there are many other amazing attractions in Pa Hin Ngam National Park, including ‘Sut Phaendin’, a steep cliff viewpoint that connects the Northeast to the Central Region, and a couple of medium-sized waterfalls – Namtok Thep Prathan and Namtok Thep Phanom.
Meanwhile, Sai Thong National Park is also known for its Sai Thong Waterfall, where a stream cascades down rocks from a height of about 100 meters from top to bottom.
Last but not least, Chaiyaphum is also famous for its Mor Hin Khao, which is also known as the Stonehenge of Thailand. Located in Phu Laenkha National Park, the place boasts several beautiful stone sculptures created by nature.