Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), Bangkok

Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), Bangkok

The delightful riverside market of Pak Khlong Talat is a primary place for buying flowers in Bangkok and a "place of symbolic value" to the locals. Other than flowers here you can also find plenty of fruit and vegetables, plus herbs and spices in innumerable varieties and quantities. Open 24 hours a day, Pak Khlong Talat is particularly busy before dawn, when boats and trucks laden with the extensive produce selection arrive from various parts of the country – especially flowers, brought from the areas with cooler temperatures needed for flower growing.

Initially, back in the early 19th century, this site on the outskirts of Bangkok was a floating market, which was then turned into a fish market. Eventually, it was converted to today's produce market, which has existed for over 60 years. At some point, the market's focus shifted from produce to flowers and everything related to that.

Although documented in numerous guidebooks, the Pak Khlong Talat market still sees very few foreign tourists, which is a shame, considering this is a wonderful place to stroll around and find every imaginable flower under the sun up for sale at extraordinarily low prices. Also, if you crave afternoon tea, you'll find it here – right in the middle of the market – which is a class in its own right! There are heaps of places to eat and explore in the streets surrounding the market as well. Sometimes, however, the stench of the streets overpowers the amazing scents of the flowers, which may be somewhat disappointing. Still, do come here to enjoy pretty flowers in their variety and, perhaps, take some truly great close-up photos. Stallholders are only too willing to talk and let you take the shots.

Why You Should Visit:
Open round the clock, a nice mixture of smells, colors, and local people that activates all the senses.

Tip:
Make sure you also try the river walk adjacent to the rear of the market.

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Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market) on Map

Sight Name: Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)
Sight Location: Bangkok, Thailand (See walking tours in Bangkok)
Sight Type: Shopping
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