The Ton Lamyai flower market in Chiang Mai runs next to the River Ping.  Open 24/7, the flower market is a popular tourist attraction and the main market for flowers for the local Thai’s in Chiang Mai.  Walking the flower market on a cool evening can be a joy.

These images are very ordinary but will give you a flavor of what to expect.

 

 

Ton Lamyai Flower Market Bare light bulbs light the stalls which can be very simple.  

Bare light bulbs light the stalls which can be very simple

 

Most of the stalls have pre-arranged bouquets on display  

Most of the stalls have pre-arranged bouquets on display

 

 

Many stalls will have people threading flowers on strings or making other floral arrangements before going on display  

Many stalls will have people threading flowers on strings or making other floral arrangements before going on display

 

 

This stall had many arrangements ready for sale, but being a slow night the owner was able to sit quietly and eat  

This stall had many arrangements ready for sale, but being a slow night the owner was able to sit quietly and eat

 

Some set up easels instead of stalls, often blocking public facilities like ATMs  

Some set up easels instead of stalls, often blocking public facilities like ATMs

 

 

Some set up easels instead of stalls, often blocking public facilities like ATMs  

There are permanent structure stores as well

 

 

Other flower stalls look more like a junkyard than a flower stall  

Other flower stalls look more like a junkyard than a flower stall

 

 

Chiang Mai Thailand, These ladies were actively selling their products  

These ladies were actively selling their products

 

 

This pretty young girl had a winning smile  

This pretty young girl had a winning smile

 

 

Ton Lamyai Flower Market, Photography Workshops  

You’ve probably noticed this type of arrangement hanging from review mirrors on most cars

 

 

This lady is preparing a large “to go” order while a hotel van waits.  I suspect a wedding was planned  

This lady is preparing a large “to go” order while a hotel van waits.  I suspect a wedding was planned

 

 

This is actually a small grocery store mixed in with the stalls, so they decided to sell flowers too  

This is actually a small grocery store mixed in with the stalls, so they decided to sell flowers too

 

 

Many of the stalls stick with a main theme and obviously have customers looking for specific flower types and colors.  This store usually carries white flowers, but on the night before “Kings Day (Monday)” they stock yellow flowers as well  

Many of the stalls stick with a main theme and obviously have customers looking for specific flower types and colors.  This store usually carries white flowers, but on the night before “Kings Day (Monday)” they stock yellow flowers as well

 

 

These are simple and attractive  

These are simple and attractive

 

 

Many of the stalls are run by families  

Many of the stalls are run by families

 

 

Chiang Mai photography workshops,  liked this display of vivid colors  

I liked this display of vivid colors

 

 

The same flower stall also had this display of colorful flowers and stalks  

The same flower stall also had this display of colorful flowers and stalks

 

 

The same flower stall also had this display of colorful flowers and stalks  

I watched this lady for about 15 minutes making these arrangements, step back and evaluate, and then arrange some more

 

 

This stall specializes in red flowers and it looks like she’s expecting to sell a ton of them  

This stall specializes in red flowers and it looks like she’s expecting to sell a ton of them

 

 

Chiang Mai, Flower Market  

Finally, a composition worth shooting!

 

 

As you walk the flower market the hotels and restaurants across the river are in view  

As you walk the flower market the hotels and restaurants across the river are in view

 

I wasn’t going to cover the flower market, it really isn’t my sort of thing and the images do little for me.  Yet, it was often requested, so on my last trip north I stopped and made this attempt.  I hope it gives you an idea of the flavor of the place.