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How to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Bangkok’s flower market

Flowers and Valentine’s Day go together naturally – so, if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bangkok besides the usual restaurants and bars, a visit to the Thai capital’s infamous Pak Khlong Talat flower market could be just the ticket.

Set beside Bangkok’s mighty Chaophraya river, and on the edge of the city’s Chinatown, Little India and old-town districts, the area around Pak Khlong Talat has seen much change in recent years, but the flower market itself continues in time-honoured fashion with its 24-hour trading.

This mammoth market sees flowers arrive from farms all over Thailand, to be sold on to both wholesale clients, like florists, hotels and restaurants, and individual customers from Bangkok and beyond. Pak Khlong Talat processes an awful lot of flowers every single day – not to mention the fruits, vegetables, and other produce that is also sold here.

And what could be a more romantic setting for your Valentine’s Day celebrations than getting to the heart of Bangkok’s floral florics at Pak Khlong Talat itself? Hold your restaurant reservation this 14 February – here are our suggestions for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Bangkok’s infamous 24/7 flower market.

Simply shop for flowers

It’s the most traditional romantic gesture going, and 14 February gives you the perfect excuse to revive it. Simply pick up a bouquet of red roses, or perhaps go one step further: you could drape a loved one’s bed in stunning pink rose petals, or create a trail of petals from the door to the dining table for the ultimate introduction to a lovingly cooked Valentine’s Day meal.

Across Bangkok you will find the prices of roses increases hugely for Valentines Day, and while they do go up at Pak Khlong Talat, it still remains the cheapest place to buy flowers for your Valentines (not that we are suggesting you should be cheap).

Go for a date in the market!

In fact, you could even make a Valentine’s date of Pak Khlong Talat, and put flowers at the heart of your celebrations, by taking your loved one on a tour of the flower market – discover the history behind the trading space and the people who work in it, as well as plenty of exotic flowers and other ingredients that you have likely never heard of. Don't forget to buy them flowers along the way.

After exploring the market, take your loved one for dinner at Yodpiman River Walk community mall, right alongside the Chaophraya and just a stone’s throw from Pak Khlong Talat flower market. There you will find a selection of restaurants for an intimate, show-stopping location for dinner.

Cook up a loving storm

Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, and more from local vendors at Pak Khlong Talat – which sells far more than the flowers it’s famed for – and turn them into a delicious home-cooked meal that’s an expression of true love. You can even incorporate edible flowers from the market into your dinner selection, for an added twist. If you need inspiration to get you going, join us for one of The Market Experience’s unique cooking classes, on the upper floor of the Pak Khlong Talat flower market itself, to get your creative juices going with ideas for the ultimate homemade menu for Valentine’s Day – or even bring your date along for the cooking class and turn it into a date by itself. After all, couples who cook together stay together!

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day in Bangkok? Have you visited Pak Khlong Talat flower market? Let us know in the comments!

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