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
Pak Khlong Talat is Bangkok’s biggest flower market. It is a riot of colors, the fragrances float through the street and it is a photographer’s delight. I visited the market at night. The shots are taken with XperiaZ3 or Canon550D.
The market is located on the Chak Phet Road and it is a 24 hour market! The stalls are on both the sides of the street. After a while I was so engrossed in flowers and the scents that I completely forgot the traffic.
Lotus grows very commonly across Thailand. I have seen it growing in water pots, in tanks, in water bodies, literally growing like weeds! It is also offered at all Buddhist temples. Almost every hotel will have some lotus arrangement on its premises.
Pak Khlong Talat is both a wholesale and retail market. Even at night the business was brisk. The customers were mostly locals. You could find an odd awestruck tourist like me going crazy with taking pictures, but mostly it were the locals who were buying the flowers for their homes, as gifts or as offerings.
Jasmine, crown flower and marigold scents got mixed in the air and they completely overpowered any traffic fumes that tried to stay put and struggle with the flowers. Marigolds were sold in huge numbers.
There were whole pickup trucks decked in marigold. When I pointed my cell phone at the boy he nodded yes and like a pro looked away from the camera!
As I am quite a big fan of clicking screen full of stuff I absolutely went berserk doing just that. There were these fat bunch of roses piled up in rows. And they came in many colors too.
As this is a wholesale market, the prices were mouthwatering as well. A big bunch of roses was priced at 100 Baht (200 rupees) and the bunch surely had more than 50 flowers! Smaller bunches of different flowers were available for 10 or 20 Baht as well.
As the walking path was narrow, it was quite easy for me to get entangled into others feet, as I was not willing to look away from my camera! But an average person in Thailand is very polite and they tolerated me with a lot of patience! Not a single shop owner ever objected to my picture taking frenzy!
My guide was a little puzzled as to why was I taking so many pictures? I told him I took so many because I was not sure of which one would come out well! When I showed him this picture he also took out his phone and clicked one!
Even after walking through both the sides, I was quite reluctant to go back to the hotel. But then it was already late in the night and I had to drag myself back to the car just after one round. Whenever I head back to Bangkok, I would try to go back to the Pak Khlong Talat flower market again!
I was invited by TAT New Delhi to Visit Thailand and I am indeed thankful for the opportunity to visit Thailand again!
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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