The hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand are decked in gold with the blossoming of the Dok Bua Tong (wild sunflower).
The Bua Tong Blossom Festival in Mae Hong Son will run until December 10.
The Bua Tong flowers are yellow to orange in colour and are smaller in size than the typical sunflower. Originating in Central America and the Caribbean, Dok Bua Tong is said to have been brought to Thailand by Christian missionaries and was previously called the Bung Tong or Mexican Sunflower.
The Bua Tong flower blooms only from November to December. During this period, the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son turn bright gold when these wild sunflowers blossom fully.
The Doi Mae U-Kor mountain peak in Khun Yuam district is considered the largest and the most beautiful location to enjoy the spectacular bright yellow Bua Tong hills and valleys.
During the festival, a local fair is organised with arts and craft items on sale as well as farm products along the route of the Bua Tong fields.
For more information, contact the TAT Mae Hong Son office on Tel 05361 2982-3 or the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.