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Coffee Chill wrote a review Oct 2020
Sunshine Coast, Australia1,094 contributions166 helpful votes
On the Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani, one can go a relaxing, short safari, 'boat on the river' ride, to check out a curious blend of flora and fauna, And the experience is very much, up close and personal, which is great. Additionally there is a nice little mix of cafes and street hawker style shops, close to the water, plus an interesting rainbow coloured jetty, also worth a look. All in all, it really is the proverbial 'hidden gem' (check out my YouTube Vlog), in my opinion. And, one of any in the eternally surprising Isaan (Northeastern) region of Thailand. I will be back.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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JoeCool_KL wrote a review Mar 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,212 contributions300 helpful votes
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Came to Udon Thani specifically to visit the Red Lotus Lake. Wished we could have stayed longer than the overnight trip. Got here early for sunrise - 45 minutes drive from Udon Thani. There are boats waiting by the jetty - 2 types of boats. Larger boats for Baht500 which can take 6-8 people (with canopy) and the smaller long tail boat for Baht300 which can take 2 people. So very happy that we came here - the flowers were magnificent ! The flowers are actually deep pink water lillies and there were hundreds of thousands of them. Would definitely come again if I get the chance. Flowers bloom in morning and close around noon and peak season is from December to February.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Shaun wrote a review Feb 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom51 contributions20 helpful votes
We arrived about 0610, in order to get a boat for the sunrise, and it was surprisingly busy...a whole bunch of loud and inconsiderate cyclists were standing around the road entrance. Once past them, we parked without issue and found the open (but unlit) toilets. The lake is not supposed to open until 0630, but after seeing a few others going out we paid (500 baht) for a large boat for 2 of us for a 90 minute trip. I guess the smaller narrower boats are cheaper, and faster (but speed is probably not why you visit this place?) however - they are narrower and make any passenger movement more tricky. All the boats were petrol fintail driven, which is both noisy and damaging to the plants in the lake...but they seemed to stick to cleared routes and engines were turned off to go into the flowered areas, at which point the ‘driver’ used a pole to punt us around. We did see the sunrise, which was nice...a clearer day would’ve been better - but that’s beyond our control! The flowers were lovely, but clearly ebbing a bit and I suspect we missed the best time in December or January. We are both keen birdwatchers, and saw plenty of very cool birds - and once I managed to communicate via a form of maritime ornithological charades to our driver that we were more interested in the wildlife he transformed what I think would otherwise be a pretty repetitive & narrow view of this large wetland area. We were both pleased we bothered to take our binoculars, as well as our phone cameras - that said, if you are into photography...I suggest you take a decent camera. Practical advice - It was cold, I know it’s obvious but sometimes it needs to be said. Getting on & off could be tricky if you have any mobility limitations...no problem once on of course, and the big boats are stable, roomy and comfortable. We were both glad we made the effort to use the toilets before going out, so a ‘safety wee’ is recommended. A chap was taking photos of people as they walked down to the boats after paying, when we returned there was 2 separate framed photos (one for each of us)...had I twigged this earlier we should have walked down together. 100 baht for each photo, so it makes financial sense! But more importantly, we are a couple and a photo of us as a couple would be more representative of our experience. These photos are very cheesy, but if you don’t mind the odd cheesy tourist thing for the downstairs toilet at home...get one, we did and will have a few laughs yet I’m sure! Overall, a great experience and worth doing. I do see the environmental damage argument put forward in other reviews...but to be honest, I didn’t think it was that bad. Given the choice, I’d take a kayak out for a day...but that’s not an option and would probably be worse if everyone did that. There is a cafe that does food, I mentioned toilets and there are a few touristy type market stalls.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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r0landbrunner wrote a review Feb 2020
Zurich, Switzerland1,585 contributions403 helpful votes
we made a one day outing from Udon Thani, first to the beautiful Red Lotus Sea, then from here to the (rather disappointing) UNESCO World Heritage site at the Ban Chiang Museum. The Red Lotus Sea definitely saved our day. A one hour boat ride (300 B) all accross and along the lake, with dozens or rather hundreds of birds and millions of water lillies (not lotus), just beautiful. the best time is early morning, not later than 11 AM.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LCN wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions156 helpful votes
Go early to catch the sunrise. If you can, go for the 90 minute ride to really enjoy. I chose the boat with shade and one advantage is that you can move about easily if the boat is not full.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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