Pak Khlong Talat - Flower Market, Bangkok
Go in the evening or at night - either by taxi directly there or by rivertaxi to Tha Rachini or Saphan Phut and walk.
Walk along the streets to see the amazing variety of flowers - also try to find the large indoor wholsale hall.
Apparently most business takes place here ain teh early hours of the morning (~ 2am-6am) so try and get there then...
We were a group of 34 orchid enthusiasts visiting Thailand and our tour included a visit to the Bangkok Flower Market. The only flowers at the market were Orchids, mostly Dendrobiums of all colours. The market sells flowers all over the world and generally the flowers are delivered to the world capital cities within 24 hours. It was interesting to see how they grade and arrange the flowers, it is all done manually,and then pack for delivery.You have most likely seen these flowers in your hometown, in the local florist, hospital, hotel reception etc.
We were taken on a tour of the market, this included the laboratory where they create orchids from seed within a sterile enviroment. These seedlings are germinated in a flask ( usually a Johnny Walker Scotch shaped bottle) and several months later, sometimes longer, usually go through another process known as replating whereby they are removed from the original flask and transferred into a fresh medium in a new flask. Again this is done in a sterile laboratory as the small plants are very suspect to fungus. This process helps protect Orchids in the Wild from extermination.
We took a ferry to Thewes - and immediately at the exit, this market is upon you - well after the many taxi, tuktuk and moto taxis are upon you! A feast for eyes - even for a non-gardener such as me! In such an often dreary landscape, this healthy and colourful display was truly beautiful!
After all the impressive temple in Bangkok it is a kind of rest to see the beautiful colors of thousands of orchids in the flower market.