Phitsanulok sees red
Phitsanulok, the historic city in lower northern Thailand, is all done up in shades of red from falling maple leaves and the pinkish tints of Nang Phaya Sua Krong or Thai Sakura (Prunus ceramides D. Don). That makes it a great place to experience Mother Nature at her best in the cool weather enveloping Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park.
Visitors can admire the sight of maple leaves changing from green to yellow, orange and red creating a landscape of contrast at Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park Office, Political and Military School - a historic location was used for training and education of the Communist Doctrines during the Cold War -- at and Wat Pa Phu Hin Rong Kla temple.
Another tourist attraction is the Royal Forest Development Project at Phu Hin Rong Kla from where visitors can enjoy the sight of blooming amaranth, aster, and strawflower fields surrounded by lush green mountains or head to the nearby strawberry farm to pick and eat Pharachatan 80 strawberries – a species under the patronage of His Majesty the late King Rama IX the Great.
Two kilometres away in Ban Rong Kla village the Nang Phaya Sua Krong, aka Thai Sakura, is in full bloom and will continue to blossom until January 20.
There are around registered 170 buses and local guides offering tour services at the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park.