For decades long, we all know what sunflowers’ primary function is – to make the world a better, sunnier place, and of course, as a source of kuaci.

But as of late, these pretty petals have been getting a lot of attention on social media, Instagram specifically, and people are willing to get on a plane just to see them.

So, what’s so special about sunflowers that people are willing to travel for them, you ask?

Well, have you seen a bright, sunny, yellow sunflower field brimming with nothing but happiness? It’ll change your life!

Yellow field of happiness.
A lot of our fellow Malaysian wanderlusters often travel to our neighbouring country, Thailand, where sunflowers thrive happily that will leave you in awe and of course, plenty of Insta-worthy photos.

But, did you know that there are plenty of other places across Asia besides Thailand where you can find breath-taking sunflower fields?

We list down five countries in Asia where you can roam around in a yellow field of joy.

#1 Thailand

Who wouldn't jump for joy at the sight of sunflowers?
Look at how huge this sunflower field is!
So cute, you can even ride a bike within the farm.
If you want to see these yellow babies in the fastest time and on the lowest budget, Thailand is, of course, the place to be. There are a few places where you can find sunflower fields, particularly in three regions – Saraburi, Lopburi, and Khao Yai which are all about two to three hours away from Bangkok.

The sunflower season in Thailand is generally from November to January. Some places may still have them in February, but your chances are quite slim. You can self-drive to these fields or engage with a local tourist guide/driver.

Fees: 10 baht (RM1.24), but some fields are free entry
Saraburi: Muak Lek Sunflower Field
Lopburi: Khao Jeen Lae, Phatthana Nikom district
Khao Yai: Pak Chong Sunflower Field or Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima

#2 Japan

Sunflower + mountain = perfect! (Akeno Sunflower Field)
It's also the perfect location for wedding photos <3
If you so happen to be going to Japan real soon, you might want to include one of these breath-taking sunflower fields in your itinerary. The most popular sunflower field would obviously be in Hokkaido, which is the largest one with over 1.5 million sunflowers! Wow, imagine you being just a tiny dot in that beautiful yellow field.

Alternatively, you can also travel to Yamanashi and Kagawa which is about two hours from Tokyo by car and by plane respectively. The blooming sunflower season in Japan is only in July to August, so plan your trip wisely! You can click here to find out more on how to get to the fields.

Fees: Free admission for all, except the one in Hokkaido where you need to pay for the maze and rides
Yamanashi Prefecture: Akeno Sunflower Field, 5664 Asao, Akeno-cho, Hokuto City
Hokkaido: Hokuryu-cho Himawari-no-Sato, 143-2 Itaya, Hokuryu-cho, Uryu-gun
Kagawa Prefecture: Himawari no Sato Manno, Honoyama Area of Manno-cho, Nakatado-gun

#3 Taiwan

Sun-kissed weather and sun-kissed flowers!
Picture perfect!
We know what you might be thinking – Taiwan got sunflower fields meh? But after some thorough research, we can confirm that there is indeed a sunflower field there! Located in Taoyuan, Northern Taiwan, the Sun & Green farm hosts over 10,000 sun-kissed lemon-yellow sunflowers each year. Psst, we also heard that you can plant flowers here too.

There's also another flower market in Taichung where you can find sunflower fields and other flowers as well.

So, when is the best time to visit the place? Sunflower season in Taiwan is only available between May and October.

Fees: Free entry -Sun & Green, 120NTD (RM15.93) - Zhong She Guan Guang
Taoyuan: Sun & Green Farm, Lanpu Village, Guanyin, Taoyuan,
Taichung:Zhong She Guan Guang Flower Market, No. 333, Sec. 5, Sanfeng Road, Houli Dist, Taichung City 421

#4 South Korea

Too cute to handle! Wedding photoshoot at Jeju Island's sunflower field.
Don't miss the annual Taebaek Sunflower Festival!
Annyeong! We know a lot of Malaysians love Korea mainly for its culture, and of course, K-pop. And soon, you’ll have one more reason to visit the land of K-dramas and oppas. Korea is apparently a sun-kissed paradise with plenty of sunflower fields sprouting up everywhere in Korea and we’ll try our best to shortlist the best ones.

The yellow floral season is similar to Japan’s which is from July to August. Some places also host festivals such as the one in Gangwon where Taebaek Sunflower Festival is held annually.

Fees: Varies according to the farm
Gangwon: Guwau Village, Guwau-gil, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do (5,000 won – RM18.30)
Jeju: Kim Kyung Suk Farm, 854-1 Beon Yeong-ro, Bonggae-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do (3,000 won – RM10.98)
Daejeon: Gapcheon Sunflower Field
Gyeongsang: Gwangju Village, Haman

#5 China

You can find more than just sunflowers at this garden!Well, they weren't kidding when they say over 1,000,000 sunflowers.
Just looking at this image is enough to convince us to go to China!
Whether you know it or not, Guangzhou is actually home to a flower garden that’s just too Insta-worthy too pass up. If sunflowers are what you seek, then you might get more than what your bargained for here.

The Sunflower Garden is a 65-acre land home to over a million golden-hued sunny crowns, and other flowers such as rose, lavender, cherry blossoms, and many more. It is also the first and largest sunflower themed park in China.

Fees: 170 RMB (RM105.28)
Address: Sunflower Garden, Xinken Town, Nansha District, Guangzhou