Bangkok Flower Market

Nov 1st, 2005, 07:02 PM
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Bangkok Flower Market

When is the best time to visit the flower market in Bangkok? Would a stop in the afternoon be just as good as the morning?
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Nov 1st, 2005, 08:46 PM
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carol...i have only been in the morning and afternoon but i am told the best time is late at nite....wait until you see roses with 3 foot stems....thousands of them and all for $1 for a dozen or more...plus all the orchids, etc...
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 01:55 AM
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The best time is definitely at night --around 11 PM. I went after the night market one evening.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 02:03 AM
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Sorry to hop in on your thread GrandmaCarol - but I am interested in this too!

How could we arrange a night visit to the market - is it best with someone like Ratt or can it be done on our own?

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Nov 2nd, 2005, 03:14 AM
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I did it with ratt when I went at night. There were virtually no other tourists there. When I went in the morning I went by boat. I can't remember if there were taxis around the area or not.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 03:37 AM
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If you want to go by yourself, not recommended, tell the taxi driver that you want to go to "Pak Klong Ta-lard". There are usually a lot of taxis around there. As already mentioned night time is good from but the best time is normally around 4 - 5 am.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 03:56 AM
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Why is night the best time? Fewer people?
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 04:50 AM
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Night time is the best time because it is much livelier == a lot more sellers and buyers. It's when the thais go. A lot more flowers.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 05:22 AM
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The flowers from all over the country start arriving at night and are normally sold by the early morning. My wife, a frequent shopper there, says that around 4 - 5 am the market will have the most amount of flowers, variety and quantity.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 05:23 AM
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While night is the best time to visit, if you do it in the early morning, e.g., 7:30, it's very easy to combine it with a walking tour through Chinatown, which is very close.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 05:27 AM
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I've done it at 7:30Am and it is only 25% as much fun and as interesting as it is at night. I've always gone in the morning. It was Ratt who convinced me to go at night and she was 1000% right.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 06:15 AM
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Thanks Gloria - I think we'll use Ratt and go at night then.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 06:20 AM
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Thanks everyone for you informitive input.
We will try to fit an early AM trip to the flower market, 11 PM is a little late for us.
We leave next week, and thanks to all at this forum, we have loads of information.
Hope to post a trip report when we get back.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 06:30 AM
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Hanuman, why do you say it's not recommended to go buy yourself? It's been years ago, but I've taken a taxi there before.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 07:03 AM
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Kathie,

I just meant to say that it will be more enjoyable with a guide especially for someone who is a visitor to Thailand. Also since a night visit was reccomended, I personnaly think it will be wise to travel at night with someone instead of going in a taxi by yourself at 11.00 pm. Call me paranoid!
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 02:05 PM
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Thanks, Hanuman, I understand. I personally prefer an early morning visit.
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