The flower markets, Thailand, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
The flower markets, Thailand

At the flower markets you will see 'phuang malai', a floral composition used as an offering.

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Pak Khlong Talat Thailand
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Bangkok's main flower market is near the Royal Palace and is easily accessible by tuk-tuk (the local taxi). Called Pak Khlong Talat, it runs down Chak Phet Street and two adjacent ones. Both day and night the market is an explosion of colours thanks to the wide variety of flowers that can be found in Thailand, coming from the country's various provinces but in particular from Chiang May and Chiang Rai. The perfumes released by the floral compositions are completely intoxicating. Here, Phuang malai, garlands of jasmine often used as offerings to the statues of Buddha in the temples, are popular among the locals. On the stands inside the market you will find all kinds of spices and food, including sacred peppers, which are responsible for the wealth of Thai cuisine.

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Pak Khlong Talat

Bangkok's fruit and vegetable market, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok's fruit and vegetable market

Besides flowers, the markets are overflowing with all kinds of products.

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Thai chili peppers, Thailand, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai chili peppers, Thailand

Chili peppers are an integral part of Thai cuisine.

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Opening hours of the markets, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours of the markets

Like everywhere, the markets are generally a morning affair with products coming from all over Thailand.

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Bamboo leaves, Thailand, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
Bamboo leaves, Thailand

Bamboo leaves are widely used to embellish floral compositions.

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Flower varieties, Thailand, Pak Khlong Talat, Arts and culture, Bangkok, Thailand
Flower varieties, Thailand

Thailand boasts a wide variety of flowers which include numerous species of orchids.

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