Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, Thailand

Red Lotus Sea

The Red Lotus Sea in Thailand is a beautiful place that is slowly becoming more popular in recent years. However, the name is a bit misleading…the Red Lotus Sea is actually a lake and the lotuses are pink, not red.

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Looking out at the Red Lotus Sea

Located near the city of Udon Thani in northern Thailand, an overnight bus from Bangkok was the most affordable option for us. My friend and I took the Pattaya 407 Company for 389 Baht at 8:30 pm and arrived at Udon Thani at around 6 am.

From there, we took a Tuk Tuk for 250 Baht per person (negotiated down from 400 Baht per person). It took about an hour to get there.

We took a small boat for an hour which cost 300 Baht total, but if you have a group there is a bigger boat for 500 Baht.

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Boat ride on the Red Lotus Sea

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The New York Times: Footsteps Book Review

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Nonfiction

292 Pages

A curated collection of the New York Times’ travel column, “Footsteps,” exploring iconic authors’ relationships to landmarks and cities around the world

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby s sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon. Before the nameless lovers began their illicit affair in The Lover, Marguerite Duras embarked upon her own scandalous relationship amidst the urban streets of Saigon. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower– the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island.

Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history’s greatest writers. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante’s famous Neapolitan novels, to the “stone arches, creaky oaken doors, and riverside paths” of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike.” Continue reading “The New York Times: Footsteps Book Review”