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Floating Market, Elephant Show and Rose Garden Tour From Bangkok

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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
  • Watch crocodile wrestling and elephants playing football!
  • Knowledgeable local English-speaking guide
  • Thai and Western-style buffet lunch included
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 12 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Tour departs at 0630h (6.30 am). Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
    Duration: Approx 12 hours

    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


    Shop with the locals at an authentic Floating Market and experience other fascinating aspects of Thai culture on this fun-packed tour.

    Drive through fertile farmland to Ratchaburi, then board a traditional long-tail boat to reach the famous Floating Market.

    At the Market be prepared for sensory overload. See flat wooden craft piled high with all kinds of brightly colored merchandise. Hear the loud cries of the hawkers and sniff the mouth-watering aromas.

    After a delicious lunch, watch an animal show with a difference. See a crocodile-wrestling performance that will take your breath away as well as an awesome display of elephant skills, including dancing and playing football.

    To put the finishing touch to a perfect day, your tour will stop at The Rose Garden, exquisitely landscaped around a small jewel of a lake. Here you can enjoy a cultural show featuring dances, ceremonies, ritual, sports and handicrafts.

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    Your Floating Market, Elephant Show and Rose Garden Tour 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.

    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 fruit, flowers, vegetables and spices, 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 experiencing the Floating Market, you’ll visit a Royal Thai Handicraft Village before sitting down to a delicious Thai lunch.

    In the afternoon, visit the Sampran Elephant Ground and Zoo, to see a heart-stopping crocodile-wrestling show and demonstrations of elephants at work and play. An exhibition of combat in ancient Siam shows how elephants went to war dressed in full battle gear.

    Last stop on your tour is The Rose Garden, 75 acres of landscaped tropical gardens and lawns. The Thai Village Culture Show is offered every afternoon and portrays a fascinating cross-section of Thailand’s culture, heritage, and way of life.

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

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van
    • Long-tail boat ride to Floating Market
    • English-speaking guide
    • Thai and Western-style buffet lunch (with drinking water)
    • Any applicable admission fees


    • Food and drinks not mentioned under Inclusions
  • 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.Ride the Elephants THB 600/Pax
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      Rahim Ali
    • One of the best tours we have had

      Great family tour very full on and very resonably priced guide and driver were excellent so much seen and enjoyed...

      petrer endres
    • Very full and exciting tour, really well organised

      This tour packs a lot in with visits to a number of different locations. The floating market is something special but very busy, the private boat gets you involved but was so...

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