Pak Khlong Talat was nothing like my Westernized idea of a flower market. It is not situated in a beautiful road such as Colombia Road Flower Market in London, or at the various slow markets around Cape Town. It is a thriving market that is partly located in a warehouse-like building and along a busy main road. This market has a more rustic and authentic feel to it than one assumes a flower market would have. The old-tiled floors glisten with water, the metal stall frames are hidden by bags of stemless flowers and roses are wrapped in cardboard or newspaper.
As you walk through the market, you can see vendors creating phuang malai (flower garlands used as a symbol of greetings, respect and good health) and assembling large bouquets of flowers for special occasions. The market isn’t very busy during the day so as a tourist, I would suggest going then if you want to get some photos. However, I have read about how exciting the market gets in the early hours of the morning when all the deliveries arrive and businesses make their purchases at wholesale prices. If you are looking to brighten up your home/hotel room or make someones day – go buy some flowers for next to nothing at the market. Seriously, they are so cheap.
The market doesn’t only consist of flowers, there is also a thriving fresh produce market woven in between the flowers. When I say I have never seen that much garlic in my life, I mean it. Literally truckloads! As well as baskets and baskets of fresh chili.
If you loved the flower market, then I would suggest going to the Floral Cafe at Napasorn. It is one of the most beautiful cafe’s I have ever seen. It has maintained the flower theme of the area, and when i say flower themed, I mean they have gone all out! The walls are covered in flowers, the roof is draped with flowers and the mirrors have beautiful sayings printed across them – such a feel good place!