It is common knowledge that the Chatuchak Weekend Market takes on another identity as a plant market every Wednesday and Thursday. What most people do not know is that they can go shopping for plants as early as Tuesday afternoon, when the plants arrive at Chatuchak. The place starts to get busy at 2pm as six-wheel trucks and pick-ups arrive from suburban nurseries and the provinces to unload their cargo. By 5pm many stalls are ready for business.
FIRST DIBS: Bougainvillea, mussaenda, orchids, dieffenbachia and pandanus are among the many plants you will find at Chatuchak by Tuesday afternoon.
Many serious plant collectors prefer to go to the market on Tuesday in order to be the first to get their hands at new or rare specimens before others snatch them away. Some peruse for plants at night _ it brings back nostalgia of the city in the 1970s, when the weekend market was located at Sanam Luang and plants were sold along Klong Lod. Then as now, all kinds of plants, both native and exotic, were sold. Most were already established in their pots and many already in bloom.
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