Things to do in Bangkok

Explore Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market with a local guide

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  • 7 hours in total

  • Transport included

  • Pick up from downtown Bangkok

What To Expect

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to the city's most famous markets!

Let's start your trip with a visit to the Maeklong Railway Market. This market first opened around 1905, and later got its namesake from a railway that was built right through it to improve access to surrounding provinces. The market remains today and sits right upon the working railway line. Witness markets and vendors clearing up their stalls when a train pulls through the market; truly a unique scene!

After that, we move on to see the manufacturing process of palm sugar, a popular crop in this area of Thailand. Following the palm sugar manufacture, we will take a short drive to the boat pier and take a trip along the canals and backwaters. This leads us to the first main attraction of this tour - the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

This floating market was once the main market for local vendors and people of Bangkok but has since begun to place a bigger emphasis on its tourist appeal. Although lacking some of its original authenticity, Damnoen Saduak is still a great day trip from Bangkok, providing insight into what market life was like 100 years ago.

You can also spend some time walking the canal sides observing this fascinating waterborne market in progress. If you really want to get in on the action, you can take the option to share a paddle boat and cruise along the canals for about 200 THB/person. Although a bit more expensive, this will give you a great peek into how locals live on the banks of the river. Small shrines and villages can be seen poking through the palm trees - little glimpses into different worlds.

There is a myriad of things to occupy the senses. Tons of different food stalls line the banks of the river selling traditional Thai cuisines, such as Kuay Teow Reua (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ). Appropriately named “boat noodles” due to their history of being made and served in boats back when the canals in Bangkok were the primary form of transportation. There are also a plentiful array of souvenir and knick-knack shops available for perusing. Don't forget to haggle the price!

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Itinerary

Pickup

Pickup at your hotel in central Bangkok around 5:30 - 6:00 am (exact pickup time will be confirmed after reservation).

  • Visit Maeklong Railway Market. If we arrive on time, you can take a ride on the train!
  • Visit a home-made sugar factory and learn how coconut is used to make sugar and other useful things.
  • Take a long tail boat (Thai gondola) and head to Damnoen Saduak floating market.
  • 1-2pm: Arrive at your hotel in central Bangkok

What's included

  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Train ride in the Maeklong market (if you catch it on time)
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Longtail boat ride through canals of Damnoen
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in downtown Bangkok
  • Admission fees
  • Water and cold towels for refreshment

What's not included

  • Lunch, tips, paddle boat ride (150 THB/person)
  • Other personal expenses
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Plan your trip

Standard group tour: no visit to Maeklong Train Market
  • Join a group of maximum 30 people
  • Note: The itinerary does NOT include a visit to Maeklong train market. You will stop by the Elephant village for about 40-50 minutes before getting transferred back to Bangkok. Here you can take an optional elephant ride of THB 600/person
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  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
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Small group tour: full itinerary, guided by a local expert
  • Join a group of maximum 12 people
  • Instant confirmation
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
  • Itinerary: full itinerary as mentioned in the Itinerary section
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Private tour: customized itinerary, guided by a local expert
  • Customized schedule to suit your preference
  • FREE Thai local snack & a lucky ride on the train (if you catch it on time!)
  • Request now, pay later
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
  • Itinerary: full itinerary as mentioned in the Itinerary section
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US$32  per person

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Vanna was extremely accommodating and welcoming. She looked...
Vanna was extremely accommodating and welcoming. She looked after us very well and very knowledable. Highly recommend the tour and especially Vanna! 
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Erica T.
3 months ago
The guide was very nice and took good care of the group....
The guide was very nice and took good care of the group. Seeing the train market and floating market was a great experience. We recommend to everybody. 
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Thomas C.
4 months ago
Damnoen Saduak floating market was really crowded in the...
Damnoen Saduak floating market was really crowded in the morning with lots of foreigner tourists and many local vendors along the riverbank. But Pam took us to the other branches to avoid boat traffics and touristy spots. She was really nice and helpful as always taking care of our logistics and helped us to bargain for better deals of local... Read more
Abigail S.
5 months ago
It was a great day visiting both floating market and train...
It was a great day visiting both floating market and train market. Trading activites of Thai locals here are very unique and interesting. Thanks to Pam for taking us out of crowds and showing us the peace of village atmosphere. Damnoen Saduak was really different from what we have learned on the internet. Really worth time and money. 
Adam C.
6 months ago
Very organized the local guide taking us through Thailand...
Very organized the local guide taking us through Thailand history which if I have used a taxi wouldn't have known. 
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Dineo B.
7 months ago

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