Bangkok is known as a shopper’s paradise and it is a well-earned reputation. From glitzy malls that tower over the city to little shops tucked inside forgotten byroads, tourists will be able to find anything provided that they are willing to look for it. Everything from clothing and jewellery to antiques and electronics are available at a wide range of prices. Those looking for a good bargain can try the wholesale markets. There are wholesale markets for everything including textiles, electronics and jewellery. Some of the most popular markets are the Pahurat Textile Market, the Bo-bae Market, the Pratunam Market, Sampeng Lane and Bai Yoke. Then there is the local favourite, the Pak Khlong Talak, which is the Flower Market.

The Pak Khlong Talak is situated along the famed Chao Phraya River, and is the place to go to get fresh flowers and even fruits and vegetables. The Flower Market is a must visit, even if one does not plan on purchasing anything. Many come to the market just to enjoy the sight of multi-coloured blossoms and the mingled fragrance of thousands of fresh flowers. The market has a long history and is a place of symbolic value to the locals.

All the flowers, fruits and the vegetables are brought to the market daily from close by provinces. While the market is open 24 hours a day, the best time to visit is between 2 pm and 4 pm as this is when the flowers are delivered. Dawn is the busiest time at the market as that is when many of the local florists come to restock their shops.

Navigating the streets of Bangkok can be confusing, especially for first time visitors. The city is very large and it is quite easy to get lost. Tourists can enjoy their holiday better by staying at a Bangkok resort in a convenient location. Among the 5 star hotels in Bangkok the Anantara Bangkok Riverside stands out because of its excellent location by the Chao Phraya River and its top class service. Many of Bangkok’s best leisure and shopping centres are also situated close by, making travel and sightseeing easy for the guests.