This fun trip takes you southwest of Bangkok to the highlights of Samut Songkhram province. After approximately 1½-2 hours driving from Bangkok we arrive at the most popular Damnoen Saduak floating market in 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 skillfully roll tables and baskets back into position in seconds to resume their business after the train leaves.
When possible we visit Tha Kha floating market, it follows a complicated schedule based on the lunar calendar and also opens in the weekends, availability will be checked upon request. 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.
The included boat tour is done at Tha Kha when we visit all 3 markets, when visiting 2 markets it will be done at Damnoen Saduak.
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 (Feb – May).
This private tour from Bangkok is organised exclusively for you, no others will join.
This tour is offered without a full lunch, we do include several snacks, tropical fruits, and delicious noodle soup. If you like to enjoy a nice lunch, then please have a look at our Floating markets and Bangkok tour.