• Head out early to the city’s biggest flower market
  • Wear a good luck garland of marigolds and jasmine

Does jet lag have you keeping odd hours? Then head off to Bangkok’s biggest flower market, Pak Khlong Talat, which is open around the clock. It’s best experienced just before daybreak, between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. (painfully early, but you weren’t sleeping anyway). Hire an Uber and make a quick pit stop at Too Fast to Sleep, a 24-hour cafe that serves strong coffee and pastries to go. By the time you arrive, the kaleidoscopic market will just be coming to life with florists and hoteliers buying in bulk for the day. Thailand is one of the world’s top exporters of orchids, and they’re hawked here along with roses and daisies by the bushel at cut-rate prices. Locals also come in the pre-dawn hours to pick up their phuang malai—the daily marigold and jasmine offering bracelets for the temples. Don’t leave without one of these fragrant tokens of good luck hand strung by the vendors hunched over baskets of blooms. If an early morning jaunt proves impossible, opt for a romantic late night hand-in-hand stroll—they’ve got the bouquet covered.

Hire an Uber for the 10-minute drive to Too Fast to Sleep for your morning coffee. Pak Khlong Talat is a 20-minute trip from there.

​​​​PAK KHLONG TALAT: Jakkrapet Road

​​​​​​TOO FAST TO SLEEP: 762 Rama 4 Rd; +66-8630-09955; facebook.com/toofasttosleep