The pink blossoms you see below are Lotus Blossoms which have been very carefully opened by hand and folded back to create an entirely different look...aren't they quite beautiful?
Women stand on the street in front of their stalls removing the unopened blossoms and folding each individual petal back upon itself to reveal the beautiful centers hidden within.
These are so beautiful it is hard to believe they are real!
I loved watching the careful attention to detail to make sure each blossom was as beautiful as a piece of art!
Pak Klong Talad is most lively after midnight. If you want to see the market in full action, though, the best time to go is pre-dawn or at 3:00-4:00. This is when the roadside transforms into a kaleidoscope of bright, blooming colours, as vendors receive floral goods from each flower-growing area in the country. Wholesalers bring in truckloads of freshly cut flowers, while traders and retailers come to buy their stock in bulk. It can be quite a chaotic scene, and vendors may be less patient when dealing with visitors. If you go during this period, it’s best to just observe and absorb the surrounding atmosphere.
During the day, Bangkok Flower Market is relatively sleepy, although this is a good time for visitors to shop around. Prices are usually reasonably cheap, but during specific festivals such as Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, or graduation season, certain flowers will be three to four times more expensive (the same rule applies when you buy from any shop throughout the city).
There are also local street vendors available with an assortment of various street foods. I know, everyone says "don't eat the street food," but let me tell you that if you don't sample some of these foods you are missing a true cultural experience. I went armed with Lomotil (and anti-diarrheal my doctor prescribed) just in case...but as far as I can tell you I suffered absolutely NO adverse effects from the food I consumed from street vendors. This gentleman had an interesting sort of noodle in a bag. This was a hot dish, and I do recommend that you consume heated foods for safety reasons. These were fat rice noodles with a caramel colored sweet sauce and a white colored salty sauce which when mixed together made for a quite tasty dish! YUM!
Interesting, and one I would try again!
The pink and green fruit below is Dragonfruit which is frequently served in China for dessert. It is a mild tasting white fleshy fruit with tiny black seeds resembling those in strawberries. Tasty but not particularly sweet, as are many of the local fruits.
I love the little hairy red fruit you see below. I have a terrible time remembering their name...
Rambutans are probably the most exotic fruit you’ve ever seen in your life. Maybe you’ve never seen them. They are grown the best in the south of Thailand.
These hairy little delicacies remind me of Lychee, but a bit sweeter! They are absolutely delicious I was wishing I could take some home with me!
All in all , our visit to the Flower Market was a very pleasant and educational experience! If you have the opportunity, don't miss it! You won't regret it!