7 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Thailand That Will Take Your Breath Away

7 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Thailand That Will Take Your Breath Away

Can you imagine seeing Mother Nature blush in the Land of Smiles?

Although Japan is revered for its delicate, pink sakura, the Land of Smiles is also graced by nature’s gift. When it comes to cherry blossoms or as the locals put it, nang phaya sua kroang, Thailand rivals the blushing scenes you’ll see in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. See for yourself and check out these best cherry blossom spots in Thailand! 

1. Baan Khun Chang Kian

Baan Khun Chang Kian or Khun Chang Khian Highland Agriculture Research Centre is run by the University of Chiang Mai’s Faculty of Agriculture. They planted cherry blossoms in the area in a bid to boost tourism. And we must say that it worked; many avid wanderers flock to this secluded nature retreat every year to frolic in its fields and witness blossoming clouds of pastel pink.

The best time to visit is between late December to February, when Baan Khun Chang Kian comes alive with cherry blossoms!

Tip: Locals and tourists alike come to see Baan Khun Chang Kian in hordes especially during weekends in January. Therefore, if you dislike crowds, try to visit on a weekday.

However, hiking to Baan Khun Chang Kian is no easy feat! The unpaved and winding roads are not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, don’t fret, as you can ride the songthaew from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep — a sacred site just a stone’s throw away. 

Fun fact: The songthaew is a red taxi truck commonly used in the provinces. It is built to accommodate more passengers. 

Ban Khun Chang Kian Village cherry blossom

We can almost smell the heavenly fragrance! | Image credit: Ban Khun Chang Kian Village Official Website

The cool climate atop the Doi Suthep mountain provides favourable conditions for these delicate blossoms to flourish. Although this spectacle is often known as hanami in the Land of the Rising Sun, the locals have affectionately coined this sister variety of sakura “Tiger Queen”.

If you are feeling the hunger pangs from a weary day of travelling, don’t worry! There are locals selling delicacies such as homegrown coffee, sweet potatoes, and even sai ua! Sip on a cup of steaming coffee while admiring the picturesque scenery. If it still feels chilly, a bowl of piping hot noodle soup is sure to warm your heart. In addition, there are even strawberry farms for you to (literally) reap the fruits of your labour!

Fun fact: Sai ua or Northern Thai sausage is a staple in the northern provinces!

2. Khun Wang Royal Agricultural Research Centre

Khun Wang Royal Agricultural Research Centre is home to clusters of cherry blossom trees along the slopes of Doi Inthanon. Don’t want to miss out on this spectacle? Your best bet would be to head down in December!

Bask in this mesmerising cherry blossom paradise as the season’s cooler breeze ruffles your hair. These fleeting blooms usually last for only two to three weeks a year. Nevertheless, its elusiveness makes it all the more appreciated! 

Moreover, Doi Inthanon is home to a variety of fruits — plums, pears, and peaches to name a few. Spend a zen afternoon here; you won’t regret it!  

3. Phu Lom Lo

best cherry blossom thailand Phu Lom Lo

Steal a much-deserved getaway to this picture-perfect spot. | Image credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

If you haven’t gotten your fill earlier, get a taste of more than 100,000 Himalayan cherry blossom trees in their full glory. These lovely florae await you at Phu Lom Lo. This is located in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

Fun fact: In the past, Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park was viewed as an ideal spot for guerrilla warfare due to its rugged terrain.

Live out your dreams of starring in a timeless romance drama at one of Thailand’s largest wild Himalayan cherry plantations. During January and February, this mountainous area is peppered with a sea of cherry blossoms. On colder days, the landscape is made even more spellbinding by wisps of fog and clouds. 

Tip: If you are planning to visit in the early morning, remember to suit up with extra layers as it can get rather chilly!

best cherry blossom thailand Phu Lom Lo

Spend a relaxing afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city. | Image credit: Nunvara

The medley of cherry blossom trees blooming in unison conjures the illusion of a whimsical cherry blossom tunnel. This is undoubtedly one of the best cherry blossom spots in Thailand. 

Besides cherry blossoms, this nature paradise is home to crystal waterfalls and hundreds of bird species.

4. Phu Chi Fah

How could we forget Phu Chi Fah? Watch its lush greenery burst into colour every January. Its mountainous features speak volumes about its moniker, which translates into “mountain pointing to the sky”. A flurry of cherry blossoms flourish at its peak. The summit also offers a breathtaking aerial view of Thailand and Laos

Catch an incredible sunrise

The hike up to the peak is rather rocky, and is sometimes muddy; so wear comfortable shoes! Your uphill struggle would eventually be rewarded with a glorious view of the sunrise. Watch as the sun explodes in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours at the first light of dawn. 

Enjoy a stunning stargazing experience

stargazing thailand Phu Chi Fah

Image credit: LannaPhoto

If you can’t wake up early enough, don’t fret! Catch nature’s light show on display when evening falls. Here, an endless bed of stars twinkle across scintillating night skies.

5. Khun Sathan National Park

Home to wild Himalayan cherry blossoms, Khun Sathan National Park is a camping hotspot. Moreover, it offers a wide array of natural features: streams, waterfalls, mountains, and convenient trails to enjoy these all. It was designated as a national park ten years ago. 

Tip: The best place to witness cherry blossoms is Khun Sathan Water Source Research Station, which is located approximately 2km away from the national park’s office! 

Image credit: LannaPhoto

During winter, especially in December, this idyllic spot hosts an incredible view of cherry blossoms. As the greenery transforms into a fervent pink forest, take a leisurely stroll under the canopies for a rejuvenating experience. The tranquillity here is almost unrivalled. 

6. Doi Pha Tang

Doi Pha Tang is the prime location to witness the beauty of the scenic Mekong river. It also transforms into a cherry blossom wonderland between December to January. Cherry blossom trees lining the roads is a sight to behold. Ready your cameras, or simply take in the scenery with your eyes.

7. Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong has evolved into a botanical tourist attraction, drawing hopeful travellers from all walks of life. The area is also a hotspot for cherry blossom viewing. From December to January, expect your world to be awash in a breathtaking shade of pink. One of the most picturesque cherry blossom trails is the road leading to Wat Santikhiri Temple

Besides gorgeous flowers, Doi Mae Salong boasts of the country’s finest tea. 101 Tea Plantation is one of the very first large-scale tea plantations in Doi Mae Salong.  

Having said that, don’t miss out on the annual Doi Mae Salong Tea and Sakura Festival! The festival is usually held from end-December to early January. This is a celebration of its cherry blossoms in full bloom. Sip on a cup of oolong tea, as you marvel at the spectacular sight of nang phaya sua kroang. There are also cultural performances, and even singing competitions to keep you duly entertained!

Fun fact: This quaint village also offers native Chinese dishes, as it has close ties with Southern Chinese culture!

Also read: Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan

We’ve tried translating this ethereal experience into words, but everything pales in comparison with witnessing nature’s fleeting wonder. See the Land of Smiles blush for yourself and check the best cherry blossom spots in Thailand off your bucket list. Above all, don’t forget to bring along a good camera to snap memories!

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Jaime Lee
Jaime Lee

Golden hour adventures are Jaime's favourite kind of adventures. She hopes to see all the sunsets in the world one day.


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