After 1.5-2 hours driving from Bangkok we arrive at the most popular Damnoen Saduak floating market in the nearby Ratchaburi province. This very old floating market is where villagers come to buy and sell their farm produce and is open daily and visited by many tourists, in present days many of the boats are used to sell souvenirs. The market came about after a manmade canal was dug in the reign of King Rama IV to facilitate transportation by boats in the area. This canal was later named Damnoen Saduak, meaning “convenient travel”. Highlight of this market is the variety of local snacks, tropical fruits, and the famous “boat noodles”.
We then visit the unusual Maeklong railway market, a market situated on railway track (known as “Talad Romhoop” or “market with closed umbrellas” among the locals). Watch merchants quickly fold their stall covers and move their products away from the tracks when the train is arriving. Then, see them skilfully roll tables and baskets back into position in seconds and resume their business as usual after the train leaves.
When possible we can visit Tha Kha floating market, this is best visited in the weekends, availability will be checked upon request as it may be open on some weekdays as well. An authentic marketplace that has served the local community for 30 years, one of the hidden gems around Bangkok. Originally, the market was where fishermen and farmers came to exchange their goods. After the trip to the market, we will go on a rowing boat to explore the orchards and visit a coconut plantation to watch how coconut sugar is collected and processed.
When Tha Kha is visited the included boat tour will be done here, else it will be done at Damnoen Saduak.
We will enjoy a delicious freshly cooked Thai lunch.
In the afternoon we take you to the place of your choice in Bangkok, this can be selected in the booking form:
- Add Chinatown for a local experience in the oldest district of Bangkok, here we also visit Wat Traimit with its solid golden Buddha.
- Visit the famous temple of Wat Pho. Here, you will see Thailand’s most beautiful reclining Buddha with an impressive length of 46 meters.
- Visit Jim Thompson House (includes a guided tour by museum guide)
We will pass the salt farms on the way to the markets and can make a stop when interested. Do note that salt harvesting is seasonal and is best seen during dry season (usually Feb – May).
This private tour from Bangkok is organised exclusively for you, no others will join.