The Ultimate Style Guide to Visiting Thailand’s Red Lotus Lake, Udon Thani

The Red Lotus Lake, also known as Nong Han Kumphawapi (หนองหานคำภาวะภูเขา) in Thai, is a destination steeped in history and folklore. The lake's name, "Red Lotus," is said to come from a love triangle involving a princess named Nang Ai and two suitors named Prince Phadaeng and Prince Pangkhee. The legend encompasses themes of love, revenge, and mythical creatures.

Around a half-hour’s drive southeast of Udon Thani city, this freshwater lake is 8km long and 3km wide and is home to a variety of plants, birds, and fish. The best time to visit is between late November and February, when the delicate pink water lilies that cover the lake are in full bloom.

When planning your visit, it can be difficult to know what to pack for such a unique environment. To make it easier, we've put together a guide to help you choose the perfect outfits for your trip to the Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani.

What to Wear to the Red Lotus Lake

The Top

As you'll be spending most of your time outdoors, it's important to be prepared for the hot and humid weather of Thailand. Opt for clothing made of sweat-wicking fabrics, which will draw moisture away from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable. Brands like Nike and Under Armour offer a variety of options in this type of fabric. Additionally, look for clothing made of UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fabrics, which protect your skin from harmful UV rays. UPF 50+ is the highest level of protection available.

The Bottoms

When it comes to bottoms, the same principles apply. Look for sweat-wicking and UPF fabrics in shorts, jean shorts, and leggings. Avoid anything too long or loose, as it may get caught or stained in the water. If you're willing to invest in specialised clothing, there are plenty of options available.


When visiting the Red Lotus Lake, it's best to leave your nice sneakers at home as they're likely to get dirty. Instead, opt for shoes that you don't mind getting wet or dirty, like sandals, old tennis shoes, or flip flops. For added protection and support, consider investing in water shoes from brands like Speedo or Merrell.

Extra Accessories

To protect yourself from the sun, bring a hat and sunglasses. A tote bag or backpack is also essential

The Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani is a destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. Whether you're looking to explore the lake's stunning pink water lilies, learn about its rich folklore, or simply relax in the warm Thai sun, there's something for everyone at this incredible destination. And with the added luxury of staying at Centara Udon, your trip is sure to be one of a kind. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen and make your way to Udon Thani for an unforgettable experience at the Red Lotus Lake.