The origin of the market's name means, "Market of the meeting canals," is near the Chao Phraya River.
This is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in the Bangkok area, and Thailand's most important source of fresh flowers. Here you can see rare and flower-based works of art, such as flower sculptures and animal models made of flowers.
Besides flowers, you can find at the market an endless supply of accessories for flowers and flower bouquets. There are varieties of vases, ribbons, and other decorations. Flower enthusiasts can also find here many things to bring home.
The high peaking hours of the market are during the nights and early mornings. During the evenings boats come to the river and dock on the pier near the market, and unload the supply of flowers from near and far. From all around Thailand, hundreds of trucks arrive, that unload their flower supplies. In a short amount of time, many of these flowers are sold in big bundles that will be distributed to flower stores, temples that will sell flowers to followers, and hotels and businesses around Bangkok.
Amongst the hundreds of stalls crowded with flowers in the market, you'll see quite a few stalls that offer flower arrangements for special events, such as weddings and birthdays, and flower arrangements for various festive and ritual purposes. An in-depth look will show you women sitting in the market stalls themselves and making bouquets of flowers and prayer beads, decorations and animals from flowers, beautiful flower chains and more. Pay attention to the patience with which they do their jobs and the fact that many of them have babies children,and that they sit there hours on end each day waiting on their moms.
Along with the flower sellers in the colorful market, you can also see vegetable stalls, fruit and spices and even tiny restaurants, one or two tables serving market workers and visitors.
But without a doubt, the king of this market is the orchid. This is the most popular flower in the market. See here the dozens of orchid varieties, sticking out in all sorts of places with different sizes and colors. If you are an orchid fan, you will feel in heaven here. When you are surrounded by all the colors and sizes possible, you will definitely take photos and treasure these memories.
If you decide to visit here, visit early in the morning. If you come here before 10 am, then you won't suffer from the large amounts of tourists and crowds.
Bargain - Vendors here mean business. The prices here are usually high, because of the popularity among tourists. Make sure to bargain for a good price, and if you didn't get what you were looking for, move one to the next stall.