In north eastern Thailand, in Nong Han near Udon Thani, the festival of Thale Bua Daeng Ban takes place. For just 3 days a year (this year 13-15 January), the lake is covered as far as the eye can see with pink flowering water lilies, confusingly also known as lotus*. For the modest sum of 300 baht (about 10$) you can hire a small boat which will take you into the middle of the lake. 3 school girls were waiting on the landing stage hoping to be taken on board by someone so we took them with us. It was an amazing experience.
Needless to say, the Thais take great pleasure in organising festivals around such natural occurrences taking over the nearby temple grounds with food stands, stands selling clothing and souvenirs, and much dancing by local groups.
these are food wrappers
*the actual lotus flower is Nelumbo nucifera, also known as the sacred water-lily. There is a variety of pink water lily called nymphaea lotus.