Yodpiman Flower Market, Bangkok
In Bangkok, the markets provide some of the most interesting sights. There’s a vibrancy to the bustle of the locals rushing through, past the small crowded stalls.
Through the whole city, none is more vibrant than the flower markets.
By the very nature of the wares, it’s all about colour. Throw all of those hues under the same roof and it looks like a child’s crayon box has exploded and the result has been captured for sale.
The flower markets are open 24 hours a day and are busiest in the very early hours of the morning (about 3 or 4 o’clock) when the professionals swoop in to get the best of the pick.
But they can be enjoyed anytime.
It was quiet the afternoon I popped in, with a natural lull between flowerful trading. Still, the blooms were out and there was a fair amount of business taking place.
The smell of the flowers hung in the humid air and, for once, the creeping wafts from the city’s sewers had disappeared.
Anyway, flowers are meant to be seen, not described. So let me now share with you Bangkok’s flower market. Take a deep breath and smell the roses.
THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN BANGKOK: SILOM
I’ve got a whole story with my thoughts on where to stay in Bangkok. But the short answer is there are two areas I would recommend for most travellers, and the first is Silom.
If you’re looking for a fun backpacker option, then I would suggest HQ Hostel Silom.
There are a few budget options, but I would recommend looking at Silom Serene.
A cool funky hotel in Silom is the W Bangkok.
And for the ultimate luxury, I would recommend going across the river to the beautiful Peninsula Bangkok.
THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN BANGKOK: SUKHUMVIT
The other main area for accommodation in Bangkok is around Sukhumvit.
There’s no better party hostel in Bangkok than the Slumber Party Bangkok in Sukhumvit.
A good cheap and comfortable hotel that I would suggest is the 41 Suite Bangkok.
For a very cool boutique hotel, I think the Bangkok Publishing Residence is awesome.
And although there are quite a few good luxury hotels, I think the best is the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.