Flowers in Mae Hong Son

Dok bua tong blossoms in Khun Yuam. Pongpet Mekloy

From Nov 1 until Dec 10, the “2018 Blossoming Bua Tong Flowers On Doi Mae U-Kho” festival takes place in and around fields of dok bua tong, or Mexican sunflowers, on Doi Mae U-Kho in Khun Yuam district, Mae Hong Son province.

These flowers are in full bloom on more than 500 rai of the mountain, which is more than 1,000m above sea level. This “field of gold” is on the must-see list under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s “Thailand Dream Destination Project”. Originating in Central America, dok bua tong are said to have been brought into Thailand by Christian missionaries. They bloom only in November and December.

Visitors can also enjoy shopping for arts and crafts and farm produce at a local fair.

Call the TAT’s Mae Hong Son office at 053-612-982/3.

Food fest in Hong Kong

From Oct 25-28, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will host the 10th CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine Dine Festival at venues ranging from the Central Harbourfront Event Space to Tamar Park.

The fair will feature around 450 booths serving delicious food and fine wines. New highlights are the 10 fine-wine and dining zones; the Wine Dine 10th Edition Specials; the 2009 Vintage series; the launch of chateau wine from various countries and regions, including Burgundy, Croatia and Russia; the 10 Michelin-starred Dinner in the Tasting Room; the International Street Eats zone; the Coffee Fiesta zone showcasing some of Hong Kong’s popular coffee and pastry shops; a special wine pass, the Perfect 10 Passport; a birthday party with prizes valued at over HK$1 million (4.2 million baht) and e-payment to ensure convenient purchases.

Five Michelin-starred chefs from China and overseas will jointly present the 10 Michelin-starred Dinner in the Tasting Room by co-operating with two Hong Kong chefs from one-Michelin-starred restaurants Man Wah and Mandarin Grill + Bar to prepare a wine-pairing banquet with eight courses featuring Chinese, Thai and French elements.

The International Street Eats zone offers dishes newly introduced to Hong Kong, such as Jiu-Wu Beef Noodle from Taiwan and local delicacies from seven regions, including Korea, Europe and Latin America, while the Coffee Fiesta zone presents some of the most famous coffee and pastry shops in the city, such as Coco Espresso and Say Hey Bakery.


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