Udorn Sunshine Nursery

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Udorn Sunshine Nursery information

Location
Udon Thani , Thailand
Address
Th Udorn-Nong Samrong
Telephone
+66 8 5747 4144
Opening hours
8am-5pm
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Ever seen a plant dance? Well, you can here. Originally earning notoriety for producing the first perfume made from an orchid, the Udorn Sunshine Nursery, just northwest of town, has since developed a hybrid of Codariocalyx motorius ohashi leguminosae that 'dances' to music. The mature gyrant has long oval leaves, plus smaller ones of a similar shape. If you sing or talk to the plant in a high-pitched voice (saxophone or violin works even better), a few of the smaller leaves will shift back and forth. It's no hype; we've seen it ourselves, although it's much more of a waltz than a jig. The plants are most active from November to February, the cool season, and from 7am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

The plants aren't for sale. You can, however, buy Udorn Dancing Tea (now very popular for its supposed medical benefits; each batch sells out quickly), made from the plant, along with the Miss Udorn Sunshine orchids and perfumes. The nursery's newest product is Udorn Toob Moob Maeng Kaeng, a perfume derived from brown stink bugs.

To get here, go to the Welcome to Nongsamrong Community sign on Rte 2024, then after 150m follow the Udorn Sunshine Fragrant Orchid sign. Sŏrng·tăa·ou 6 and the 'yellow bus' get you close to it. A túk-túk from Udon's city centre should cost 60B to 70B.