For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret — the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses.
The sea of color in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan is a show-stopping feat of nature that has locals hoping for a tourist bonanza.
But it has also sparked warnings over the fragility of the environment with park rangers pleading with people not to visit until the lake is healthy enough to deal with an influx of tourists.
The flowers, considered sacred in Thai culture, are good news for locals who have been ferrying camera-toting visitors through the lotuses which lie in knots on the lake’s vast waters.
But “currently they should not come,” said head ranger Rungroj Aswakultarin.
“The national park is in the process of restoring the lotuses. When it comes to the right time the park will open them up to the public,” he said.
Rungroj’s caution is understandable.
For the last decade the park — a stunning…
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