Loei and Phu Rua Once Again Part Two
On day two of our trip to Loei, we had an early breakfast and then set off for Phu Rua and its annual flower festival. As things turned out, we had missed the festival by one day. Still, Phu Rua is one of Thailand’s most fertile regions, and its beautiful bouquet of colourful plants and flowers are enough to make the brightest rainbow cast an envious eye.
A beautiful sun-kissed marigold field in Phu Rua. And a second scarecrow when I ventured in. The entrance fee was 10 baht, and the marigold field was very popular with Thai tourists and selfie camera shots.
Phu Rua has more garden centres, and small flower shops than London has illegal immigrants. That’s saying something. Phu Rua is a mountainous region and early morning temperatures can be cool, even cold, but the views are always red-hot.
A flower garden ornaments display in Phu Rua. The colours are amazing and the nick-nacks simple, but beautiful still. Displays like this are commonplace in Phu Rua.
Phu Rua holds its annual flower festival in the town centre, and despite us missing this year’s main event, there were still plenty of Thai tourists floating around. Thai women just love being photographed, even if sometimes they have to do it themselves.
We travelled around Loei and Phu Rua in our Honda City, but some of the locals prefer more traditional and practical means of transport.
Loei was holding its 1st International Mask Exhibition during our stay, and I couldn’t resist taking a peek at the fantastic collection of masks on display. A full post review will follow soon.
So how many flowers can you get in a Honda City car? This was most of them but not all, and then there was more. Five pairs of shoes, four travel bags, three bottles of wine, two large wire flower displays, two cuddly toys, one laptop and enough food to sink a flotilla. Plus, Tang Moo, Moy, Wi and me, nearly forgot, one empty wallet and four souls filled with many happy memories of Loei and Phu Rua.