Photo of the Week: Delicate Soap Flowers from a Thai Market


Travel Photos: Delicate Soap Flowers from a Thai Market

While walking through the markets in Chiang Mai, I often see these hand-carved soaps for sale and couldn’t resist grabbing a shot. You’ll sometimes find the vendor carving them from small balls of colored soap between sales — well worth stopping a moment to watch. They’ll usually ask for 150-200 baht per piece, but a little friendly haggling will drop that price considerably.

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Marsha July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

What stunning craftsmanship (and photography). These are so beautiful!


Dyanne@TravelnLass July 28, 2011 at 2:37 am

Ah, your pic dredged up a long-lost memory for me. Back in the early 90’s I too nabbed one of those dainty Thai carved soaps in Bangkok. It’s utterly amazing how intricate and delicate the carvings are! As I’m tentatively thinking of heading to Chiang Mai for a few days en route to Saigon come November – I can’t wait to see such incredible crafts again for myself.


Maria July 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

Simply gorgeous tiny dissolvable works of art. Grab a couple for me and I’ll reimburse you when you return – seriously.


Wrabbit007 August 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

Those are gorgeous! I want some! I would buy a basketfull and then make a display in my bathroom. Death to anyone who actually uses them as soap for their toilety hands…


clara costa August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This picture is amazing gorgerous!! breathless !!Congratx!!


Theodora August 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

This is the sort of photo I always try and fail heinously to take. So thanks for making me jealous.


Raymond @ Man On The Lam August 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hee hee — you’re funny T!!


Tracy August 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I’m with T! I’d get the angle all wrong or half them out of focus. Gorgeous shot.


wes August 19, 2011 at 4:49 am

Thanks, Theodora — the camera did all the work on that one :)


vira August 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

very pretty! and an amazing craftsmanship. are they available in Bangkok too?


wes August 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I’ve never spotted them in bangkok but I wasn’t really looking for them. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them in a market or two.


Ken Kaminesky October 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Great Shot Wes, it almost makes me want to wash… Almost ;-)


Claire November 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

Those are WONDERFUL!


Irina February 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Just saw the same picture in Phuket, Thailand. What a beautiful country!


Karryn McNamara May 2, 2012 at 2:27 am

We are lucky enough to have a stallholder at our local market here in Pittsworth, Queensland, Australia, and they have the exact same soaps that their family makes in Thailand – they are amazing!