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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

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Key Highlights

  • See how the locals do their grocery shopping!
  • A fun and colorful experience that all the family will enjoy
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities
  • Shop for souvenirs at a Royal Thai handicrafts shop
  • Knowledgeable local English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx 7 hours 30 minutes hours

    Start time

    Start time: Tour departs at 0630h (6:30am). Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
    Duration: Approx 7 hours 30 minutes

    Meeting Point

    The lobby of your hotel in Bangkok. (The list of hotels from which pick-up is available is given under Additional Information)
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Experience the color and fun of an authentic Thai market on this delightful tour.

    Leave the city behind and travel through the rich farmland of Samut Songkram province. Board a boat for a ride through scenic waterways to the famous Floating Market of Ratchaburi.

    At the Market you’ll find narrow canals filled with flat wooden boats piled high with fruits, vegetables, flowers, sweets, spices, earthenware and more. Admire the rainbow of colors and sniff the cooking aromas. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the vibrant scene.

    Watch the vendors, mostly women in indigo-hued shirts and conical hats, jostling for position in the narrow canals. See how bargains are struck and marvel at the way the market operates in spite of the apparent confusion.

    On the way back to Bangkok, stop at a Royal Thai Handicraft Village, a great place to buy souvenirs.

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    Itinerary

    Your Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour – From Bangkok departs at 0630h (6:30am). Hotel pick-up is available from most central Bangkok hotels.

    On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

    Your air-conditioned mini-bus will whisk you off to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi, 90 km (54 miles) to the west of Bangkok.

    The journey takes around 2 hours. On the way you will drive through the grain and vegetable growing province of Samut Songkram and make a stop at Tao Tan. Here you will see how palm sugar is made from coconut palms.

    At Ratchaburi, you’ll board a boat to travel along a waterway to the Floating Market. Enjoy views of village people going about their daily lives as you glide along.

    The Floating Market takes place on a labyrinth of small canals. Activity starts early in the morning and continues all day. You will see wooden canoes laden with multi-colored merchandise, paddled by women in traditional dress – the quintessential image of Thailand.

    Potential buyers shout their price negotiations from the canal bank and the vendor shouts back. When a deal is struck, the vendor has to paddle and push through the crush of boats to get the goods to the purchaser. The scene is noisy, vibrant, chaotic and very entertaining!

    After enjoying the Floating Market, you’ll visit a Royal Thai Handicraft Village. Lunch is not included in the tour price but there will be free time during the day for you to have a midday meal.

    At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Bangkok

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van
    • Long-tail boat ride to Floating Market
    • English-speaking guide
    • Any applicable admission fees

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details. Please note you do not require the ‘011’ code when you are dialing within Thailand.

    On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

    A minimum of two passengers is required for this tour to run. In the unlikely event that the minimum is not reached, the activity operator will contact you either to change the date or to swap you onto a different tour. If neither of these options is satisfactory for you then a refund will be arranged

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Must see

      Excellent trip and well worth the early start. We opted to take elephant ride as an extra whilst on this excursion. Great guide and driver...

      Mrs s Bullimore
    • great experience

      love the half day tour. great value. fun. well organized. love the floating market. lots of foods and very touristy. love to return to Thailand for another experi...

      Christopher W Wright
    • Floating Market Tour

      Nok was a great tour guide. She took the time to ensure that all of us were getting what we wanted out of the tour. The floating market was smaller than I imagined but still...

      Donald J Bernatchez
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