This was my second visit to the beautiful 24 hour fresh flower market in Bangkok called Pak Klong Talat (also spelled Pak Khlong Talad). I absolutely loved the flower market, so I was delighted at the second chance! This time I also wanted to click people apart from the flowers! So here is a photo feature on Pak Klong Talat- the beautiful flower market from Bangkok!
The advantage of walking in a group of bloggers is that everyone has a camera. Everyone is clicking someone so it is possible that I also gather courage and point my camera at someone, in this case at the pretty girl above! I showed her the picture saying, “you are beautiful!” She rewarded me with a squeal of delightful laugh!
Pak Klong Talad is full of marigolds and it is full of orchids separately. I liked the fusion of the two! It is actually a wholesale flower market which looks kindly at the retail buyers too! They are friendly to tourists as well! It is located on the Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Both my visits to the place have been at night. Now I want to visit it during the day time!
Our guide (beaming in the picture above) gave us a simple pointer for photography- “when you point your camera and ask, if the person smiles go ahead and click, if not chances they are not going to be happy!” It worked beautifully. Everywhere I tried to click a picture, people smiled.
When I remember the riot of colors I saw in the flower market, I wish I had better photography skills. I was particularly impressed with the heaps of flaming orchids, but only if I could capture what the eyes saw!
Hotels in Bangkok often leave fragrant floral arrangements in the room for the guests! There is the Museum of Floral Culture in Bangkok which highlights the role of flowers in the society. Like any other culture flowers are associated with worship, sorrow and joy in Thailand too.
When I first saw such an arrangement of lotus flowers in 2013 it was in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I remember I asked out loud if they were real! I was encouraged to take one out and see for myself! I now know these are real lotus flowers gone designer!
I so love Thailand for its vibrant colors and they are prominently on display in the local markets. If they are flowers, it is a double bonanza for me! I simply adore flowers!
By the end of my trip, I was beaming too and who will not if they spent an hour amidst such amazing surroundings!
But the day was not over yet, we enjoyed a tuktuk ride to our next destination- the Chinatown in Bangkok, but that is going to be a separate post!
PS. My trip to Thailand was sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand. I was invited to attend TBEX Asia 2015
I am a huge fan of flowers. So, when we made an unscheduled stop at Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I knew I was in for some good times. I did the butterfly post separately. It is now time to do the orchid post.
As I said in the butterfly post too, Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm is a small place but it is beautiful and well maintained. They also have a well appointed souvenir shop which features what else but orchids based jewellery!
Our guide Aroon explained things about the orchids but I knew we had a short stop and I wanted the pictures first. I am now wondering if that was a very good idea. You see, I have the pictures but I know very little about orchids! So the post is mostly about putting in the pretty pictures I clicked!
As Thailand is my most visited country (it is a tie with UK, 5 times each) after the first two trips, I actually started looking forward to the trips because I knew I would be feasting on orchids. They are such a part of the decoration in hotels, shops, restaurants and homes!
The tryst starts right at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport as the place is full of beautiful orchids. If I go to Thailand again, I would surely click the variety found at the airport itself and do a post on it. It is one of the best ways to spend time too, unless you would rather shop!
All I picked up about the flowers is that some of the species are native to the land and others hybrid. Most I believe (but I don’t vouch) are hybrids that I saw. But native or hybrid, they added so much cheer to my day!
The Bai Orchid and Butterfly farm very prominently displays a sign which says you would be fined 2000 baht if you pluck the flowers! That would be around 4000 Indian rupees!
Given a free hand I could have easily spent an hour at the place, but that is because I like to click pictures. If you wish to see and click just a few pictures 40 minutes or less might be enough. I got about 30 minutes to spend admiring the beautiful orchids.
I on the other hand wanted to click every flower growing out there. 30 minutes for that are way too less. I failed miserably.
The flowers are arranged in neat rows. The place had only a few visitors when I went there. They have a nice restaurant within the premises.
I sign off this post with this gorgeous bunch. And even though there are many more stories from Thailand that I need to share, come Wednesday and I should be off to Goa!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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