In an effort to get to know Chiang Mai better I am trying to get out and experience new parts of the city. I often passed by the Ton Lamyai Flower Market on the way to my TEFL school last fall, but never spent too much time looking around. So this morning I went to the market with the intention of capturing some of the vibrant colors I’ve noticed at the market in the past. Also in passing I had noticed women stringing flowers into intricate garlands and I wanted to take a closer look at their handiwork.
I arrived shortly after 7 am in an effort to avoid the heat and many of the shops were still setting up for the day so I did not get to observe the garlands being woven. I enjoyed taking the time to wander through the quiet stalls and snapped photo after photo of these beautiful wreaths and garlands.
The garlands are then taken to the temple, draped over spirit houses, or hung on review mirrors.
Just around the corner is the Chinese Market and I stopped to check out a platter of what looked like 3 inch long water beetles before heading into the market to buy some salted plums.
My favorite part of the exploratory morning happened when I passed by a big milkweed plant along the side of the road. I noticed a huge pile of frass on one of the leaves and after taking a closer look saw that the plant was covered in caterpillars!
All in all, flower market is a nice place to spend an hour or so looking at the bright orchids, sunny marigolds, and delicate garlands.