It is human nature to love beautiful things, and those things could even be as simple as flowers! You would definitely feel that the world is a better place whenever you walk along a path flanked by vibrant-coloured flowers under the clear blue sky, wouldn’t you? For such wonderful experience in Asia, do take time to discover the following places that are sure to uplift your spirits!
The fields of yellow sunflowers blooming in a lush green field is a sight to behold. The best time to visit Lopuburi is from November until January when the sunflowers are in full bloom. Lopburi is home to the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand and visitors are welcome every year for a glimpse of this enchanting scene.
Straddling on the borders of Pahang and Perak, Cameron Highlands is the leading producer of flowers in Malaysia. Rows and rows of extraordinarily fresh and blooming flowers like roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, dahlia, fuchsias and more greet you the moment you enter any of the nurseries within the destination, making it a sight unrivalled anywhere else in Malaysia.
(Picture from Terrazas De Flores’ s Facebook)
A scenic botanical garden tucked in Cebu’s cool highlands. Surrounded by acres of celosia and hundreds other types of flowers, it is a retreat spot for both locals and tourists. Terrazas De Flores is a flower terrace where travellers can visit any time all year around from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. The peaceful and cool atmosphere is perfect not just for couples, but also families and friends to enjoy the surroundings and each other’s company.
Dalat, known as the city of a thousand flowers, has the climate best suited for planting temperate plants. From lavender to the light pink of buckwheat flower, Dalat has seasons for many kinds of flowers, for instance purple phoenix blooms around March to April, while lavender, though available all year round, is at its peak from June to July. The small white and pink buckwheat flowers bloom in August through September, and the cute white mustard flowers usually bloom in October. During winter, there is even a flower festival showcasing other types like roses, lilies, mimosa and more!
Just five minutes away from Jeju International Airport, every corner of the city comes alive with flowers starting from the end of February. Travellers can wander along the coast of Jeju Island with yellow fields of canola flowers covering Seoubong hill or take a walk down the Noksan-ro road where small yellow canola and pink cherry blossoms line along. A hike up at Mt. Hallasan is another great way to see leaves change colour, usually starting from mid-October and hitting its peak by November.
JAPAN – TOKYO
Japan is no stranger to lovers of beautiful flowers that blossom at different times throughout the year and any list of flowers wouldn’t be complete without the sakura (cherry blossoms)! The parks all over Japan will be busy during sakura season, beginning from late March. The locals enjoy hanami, which means ‘picnicking while seeing cherry blossoms’. Nothing beats the beautiful experience of sitting under a blooming cherry blossom tree with family and friends to admire its beauty. There are also different types of flowers according to different seasons in Japan.
If you are a flower lover, then you must visit Kunming’s World Horticulture Expo held annually ever March (best time to see flowers in Kunming is from March until April). You should also head to Dounan International Flower Centre, the largest market in Asia that sells over 1,600 kinds of flowers, which is open only at night and sells 20 million flowers every time. Be sure to also swing by The City of Flower complex located on the east side of Kunming city, which has an impressive greenhouse filled with flowers from all over Yunnan.