Bangkok Flower Market or Pak Khlong Talat ปากคลองตลาด is Thailand’s largest flower market that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On the last visit to Bangkok we visited the market acutally during night time. It is of course full of different types of flowers like any flower market around the world. However, this market also has many traditional flower arrangements, local flowers and tropical flowers that make it a unique flower market to visit.
The flower market was founded in the early 18th century during the reign of Rama I (1782-1809) as a floating market, later it was used as a fish market but it was revived again as the Bangkok flower market. Today you will find flowers and fruit in this market. A lot of local areas supply the flowers in this market such as Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram. There are also flowers from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Here you can see a lot of local flowers raised near Bangkok such as orchids, jasmines, lotuses, roses, and lilies. You also see bowls of tiny buds and with people sitting at counters and threading them to make Phuang Malai (flower garland usually made of Jasmine and Marigold), a Thai tradition of threading flowers as an offering to the god. Or Bai Sri, the cone-shaped flower offerings made out of banana leaves and flower that represents Mount Meru. You will also find many imported flowers such as tulips and irises.