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Pak Khlong Talad

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Blossoms brighten up the greys around every corner in Bangkok, but it’s not just because they look good. Flowers play an important role in the Thai tradition of honouring spirits, the Buddha, Hindu gods and the memory of ancestors. Thailand’s largest cut flower market, Pak Khlong Talad, is at the centre of this tradition—and it’s a fun place to soak up the colours.

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Pak khlong talad means “market at the mouth of the canal” and it may have started as a floating market as early as the 18th century. In the 19th century it was largely a fish market before switching to flowers and produce in the 1950s, when authorities got tired of the fishy smell in central Bangkok. Some say that Pak Khlong Talad is now one of the world’s largest flower markets.

The street life is a big part of Pak Khlong Talad. Photo taken in or around Pak Khlong Talad, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

The street life is a big part of Pak Khlong Talad. Photo: David Luekens

The name Pak Khlong Talad is used for the neighbourhood in general, which includes countless standalone shops along with several separate-but-related markets that combine to form one giant and loosely defined market. Blossoms burst from shops along both sides of Chakphet Road, which runs between the Rop Krung Canal in the west and Memorial Bridge in the east, and beneath various roofed sections stretching south towards the Chao Phraya River and north up ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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