Red Lotus lake

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Red Lotus lake
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Daoaksorn
Bangkok, Thailand303 contributions
Unseen place
Jan 2021
Better come here so early morning and stay here for the beautiful scenery for around 1.30-2 hrs. Recommend to rent leng tail boat with 150 baht fee per person. One long tail boat can carry 2 person excluded the boat driver. This place can visit during November till aroung February in each year. Lots of pink lotus in the lake waiting for your memory shutter. No drone service for the top-down photo, but recommend you can take by your own. The boat driver can help take you the photo and give them some tip for remuneration.
Written January 21, 2021
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Coffee Chill
Sunshine Coast, Australia1,121 contributions
Take me back to the boat on the river ...
Feb 2020
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.
Written October 29, 2020
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JoeCool_KL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,208 contributions
Amazingly Beautiful Water Lillies
Dec 2019 • Family
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.
Written March 7, 2020
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Shaun
Southampton, UK51 contributions
Sunrise trip
Feb 2020 • Couples
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.
Written February 19, 2020
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,628 contributions
simply stunning
Feb 2020
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.
Written February 13, 2020
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LCN
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
Go early
Jan 2020 • Friends
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.
Written February 2, 2020
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Jon N
Singa2,551 contributions
Worth the visit
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited the Red Lotus Lake, which is about 40-45 mins drive from Udon Thani city centre, in January 2020. There are a few area to take the boat ride, and we think the old jetty is better location as there’s less crowd and the water lilies are pretty close to the shore. Try to arrive before sunrise and you will get to enjoy the amazing sunrise with lots of pink water lilies. Small boat cost THB300 for an hour (for two people). Beautiful place to visit while in Northeast Thailand during winter months (Dec-Feb)
Written January 22, 2020
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gavinxyz
Penang Island, Malaysia463 contributions
Nice view and a must do when you at Udon Thani!
Jan 2020
It is a must when you at Udon Thani. This lotus lake is from December to February only. If you are not driving on your own, you can book a half day trip from your hotel. Just in case you hotel do not have the contact and this service, you can book from Udonbackparkers Beds and Cafe (see photo for their FB messenger). The price I pay for 1 person is THB599 and it is including the boat. The boat is bigger plastic type, not the wooden smaller type. The journey from Udon Thani town to the lake is about 1 hour and it must be in the morning.
Written January 21, 2020
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Chul S
4,412 contributions
Tips to get stunning picture when visiting Red Lotus Lake
Jan 2020 • Friends
Red Lotus Lake is located at "Bung Nong Harn" or Nong Harn Lake in Kumpawapee District, an hour drive from Udon city. The best time to visit is late January to February when all the lotus are full bloom.And the best time in a day is 8 a.m. when the sun comes up and all Lotus petals open wide making all the lake area deep pink.But Sun rise and at dawn is also beautiful because here you would see the Sun come up from r the horizon of water making it's reflect on the surface of the lake even more beautiful. Usually it would take about 30 minutes after you leave the shore to the point where you can see the beauty of Sun rise at 6.30 a.m. or so. Therefore, you have to be on boat around 6 a.m., from Udon around 5.30 a.m. in the morning. Another time best for taking pictures are 10-11 a.m. when the sun is high up and you get a deep blue sky against the dark pink color of lotus. There are two size of boat to rent. Long tail boat fit for 2 people at 150 baht for a 90 minutes ride to 3 best photogenic spots. Otherwise there is a bigger boat which can accommodate 6-8 people for the total charge of 500 baht for the same 90 minutes ride. MY RECOMMENDED IS IF YOU ARE IN A GRIO OF FOUR,YOU SHOULD SPLIT TO RIDE INTO 2 Small boat which give you better chance to take turn taking pictures of your friends better as if yourself were in the middle of all the Lotus.
Written January 13, 2020
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Village Homestay
Kumphawapi, Thailand77 contributions
Reunioun & Christmas partyutiful
Dec 2019 • Friends
Beautiful pinkish-red ft water lilies blooming, the sun rising in the morning really fresh and beautiful nature.
Written January 9, 2020
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