Bangkok's 24-hour Pak Khlong Talat (Thai: ปากคลองตลาด, "market at the mouth of the canal") is often known as "The Flower Market".
In fact it is a combination of multiple markets that combined sell flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It is the biggest flower market in Thailand and one of the biggest in the world.
The market has a long history. During the reign of Rama I (1782–1809), a floating market took place on the site of the modern Pak Khlong Talat. By the reign of Rama V (1868–1910), it had changed to a fish market. The fish market was eventually converted to today's produce market, which has existed for over 60 years.
The market's focus has shifted from produce to flowers and is now one of the biggest flower markets in the world.
Most of the flowers sold in the market are delivered from Central Thailand (within a few hours of Bangkok) from provinces such as Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Songkhram. However, many flowers also come from cooler parts of the country such as Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.
People come from all over the country to buy flowers and vendors from markets and shops around Bangkok come in the early morning hours to stock their shops for the day it ahead.
It is a fascinating place.