The vibrant Pak Khlong Flower Market is located on the edge of the Chinatown district and is the city’s largest fresh flower market. This is the perfect place to pick up beautiful blooms to decorate your home or as a gift for someone special. Visiting the Pak Klong Flower Market is a vibrant experience and this is also an interesting way to discover a different side of the city.
The main thoroughfare of the Pak Khlong Flower Market runs for one and a half kilometres and is lined with a wide range of flowers in all the colours of the rainbow. Flower traders travel here from all over Thailand to sell their freshly cut blossoms in bulk, with many arriving in the early hours of the morning.
Flowers all over Thailand
People who wander through the Pak Khlong Flower Market will be greeted by a kaleidoscope of bright, blooming colours, which is coupled with fragrant smells from flowers such as chrysanthemums, indigenous orchids, roses in a wide range of colours and shades, daisies and lilies. Many of these flowers have been grown in special greenhouses and flower farms in the north of Thailand and carefully brought to Bangkok to sell to local florist shops as well as high end hotels and restaurants.
The Pak Klong Flower Market is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. However, most traders arrive before sunrise and leave as soon as all their flowers have been sold. The best time to catch the market in full swing is between 03:00 and 04:00. People who can manage to lift their head off their pillow this early in the morning will be able to experience a chaotic and very colourful scene as truckloads of fresh flowers arrive from all parts of Thailand and traders work hard to be the first to unload their blooms and set up their stalls.
Visiting the Pak Khlong Flower Market is also a great way to gain an insight into local life. Visitors will be able to watch traders interact with each other and they swap gossip and share a snack or two while they wait for customers to arrive. Most traders sell their flowers in packs of fifty of a hundred and people who are interested in buying flowers in bulk will find that the prices are incredibly low.
Not just a flower market
After checking out this vibrant market visitors will then be able to enjoy breakfast at one of the many restaurants and food stalls in Chinatown before taking the opportunity to beat the crowds at nearby attractions such as Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
A maze of winding sois branch off the main thoroughfare and are lined with traditional shop houses that sell a wide range of wares from gold to amulets and traditional Chinese medicine. Visitors should take the time to wandering along these sois and perhaps pause to sample Chinese delicacies and fresh seafood that are served at the tiny restaurants that can be found here.
Pak Klong Flower Market can be found on Chak Phet Road close to Saphan Phut and the easiest way to get there is to take a ferry along the Chao Phraya River to the Memorial Bridge pier or jump in a tuk tuk.