Bua Tong Blossom Festival
Each year in November, the
hillsides of Khun Yuam and Mae Sariang districts are filled
with a host of golden Bua Tong Blooms. As gay as a daisy and
almost as large as a sunflower, the Bua Tong only blossoms
for a month.
At Doi Mae U-Kho,
the blossoms appear profusely. Finally, the golden blooms
become part of the scene. Some specialists have classified
these Bua Tong as weeds and because of this, they may be cleared
to make way for cash crops. Fortunately a group of researchers
have discovered the flower’s insect-repellent properties.
And perhaps that is why the Bua Tong, a symbol of Mae Hong
Son, is still preserved on the hillsides.