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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

2. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with your experienced tour guide. In the 18th century, much of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese invaders; witness the structures in their various states of disrepair. Tree roots growing around scattered Buddha heads only adds to the historical charm of this unique destination. After departing from Bangkok bright and early, see Bang Pa-In Royal Palace en route to Ayutthaya. Used as a summer residence for ancient Thai kings, the golden pagodas and serene pools make for a great introduction to the region’s glorious past. After arriving in Ayutthaya, take several hours to explore fascinating ancient religious sites including Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots. Continue to Wat Mongkol Borpit, known for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Discover Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital. Finally, explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram, known for its towering stone chedis. This site is one of the main reasons Ayutthaya was awarded UNESCO status in 1991.

Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

Discover Bangkok on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks, savor an authentic Thai meal for lunch, and go on a canal boat tour. Begin your adventure on the Thonburi side of the river and cycle along the winding alleys packed with stalls selling local goods. Browse through the bustling food stalls brimming with local produce. Continue the tour and visit interesting temples along the way. Learn about Buddhism and the history of the local communities from your guide. Then, savor a delicious Thai lunch at a canal-side restaurant as you take in fascinating views of the surrounding scenery. Once you’re refreshed, learn more about Bangkok’s history as you cycle along the canal enjoying the greenery of Bangkok. Complete your journey at a canal-side market where the bikes are loaded onto a long tail canal boat. Once on board, witness the canal-side lifestyle with its colorful scenery and the local canal-side communities. If you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of an Asian water monitor, a lizard native to the area, bathing in the banks of the river. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

4. Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook a traditional Thai meal at a fun and interactive 4-hour cooking class in Bangkok. Awaken your culinary creativity, visit a local market, and enjoy lots of healthy Thai food along the way. Each hands-on class consists of 4 delightful recipes, prepared in a fully-equipped workspace. Get expert tuition from a patient and experienced chef, and meet new like-minded foodie friends. Courses are available in the morning or afternoon, each including 2 breaks to sample the fruits of your labor. Whether you choose the morning or afternoon tour, you will journey by tuk-tuk to a local market to select the best quality ingredients. Head back to the cooking school for a welcome drink and cookery demonstration. The instructor will prepare the dishes, while you observe. Then it’s time to move to the stoves and get cooking! Create your dishes, with lots of assistance and tips to ensure that your Thai cuisine is just as it should be. Next, move to the dining area and enjoy the dishes you prepared in an informal atmosphere.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

5. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

Depart from Bangkok in the morning and head to Ratchaburi Province, home of the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Along the way, make a quick stop to visit a traditional Thai house, where you can see locals making brown coconut sugar. Explore the house and its surrounding area, which is home to many different animals living on the coconut plantation. Continue your trip by boarding a paddle boat for a ride along narrow canals to the floating market. See the local houses lining the canals and take a quick glance at their way of living, while you pass by.  Once you arrive at the market, see the amazing array of vendors in their boats selling fresh products, from fruits and vegetables to prepared dishes. Explore the floating market at your leisure for about an hour and take time to try some authentic Thai foods, such as Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, Boat Noodles or Coconut Ice Cream sold along the canal.  Meet up with your guide to head back to the meeting point in Bangkok, where you will arrive between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM. 

From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

6. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

Travel to some of the hottest sights outside of Bankok on this day trip in an airconditioned vehicle. See the train pass at the Maeklong Railway Market, take a longtail boat to the Floating market, and visit the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya to visit ancient ruins. Begin at the meeting point for those on the group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok early in the morning and head out on the journey to the Maeklong Railway Market. Explore the market with your Spanish-speaking guide, mingle with the locals going about their day and wait for the iconic moment when the local train passes through. Board a longtail boat next and sail to the fascinating Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Spend an hour exploring this unique location and marvel at the locals selling their produce from paddleboats. Shop for snacks, souvenirs, and handcrafts. Don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya and stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including the Wat Mahathat, which is enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, and the impressive Wat Chai Wattanaram. Return to your starting point in Bangkok in the evening.

Explore Bangkok jungle by bike, kayak & boat - small group

7. Explore Bangkok jungle by bike, kayak & boat - small group

Meet and greet your guide at a local temple at about 2:00 PM before you transfer to Bangkok Krachoa by local ferry. Chose the cruiser bike that best suits you, and start biking around nature paths on Bangkachoa island which is known as the lung of Bangkok. Bike to different parts of river island on a 7-10 kilometer trail and see communities, local farms, palm jungles, schools, villages, and temples. Kayak along private houses and get stunning views of the jungle and Klong Toey Port. During the weekend, stop at the floating market to get some snacks and do some local shopping. Watch birds at the observation hall in Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan park. Take a local longtail boat for a short ride. Discover how locals connect between the villages and the Bangkok metropolitan area. Return the cruiser bike and say goodbye to the local shop owner with a fresh coconut refreshment.

Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class and Onnuch Market Tour

8. Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class and Onnuch Market Tour

Discover the ins and outs of Thai food in this cooking and market experience. Explore the vibrant flavors of the Onnuch food market, learn how to pick the freshest ingredients, and try your hand at cooking Thailand's famous dishes. Meet at the Pink Chili Thai Cooking School and meet your cooking teacher. Head to the nearby Onnuch Market to gather your supplies for your dinner. Stroll through the market and learn from your teacher how to pick the ripest and freshest ingredients to create a flavorful dish. Return to the cooking school with your purchases and start cooking. Learn about the vegetables, spices, and herbs you bought and add them to your dishes. Cook a Thai curry, a papaya salad, the famous Pad Thai, and a delicious mango sticky rice dessert. Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Gather around a table and taste the fragrant dishes you just cooked, enjoying a tasty meal with your fellow cooking students.

Bangkok: Michelin Guide Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

9. Bangkok: Michelin Guide Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

Discover Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown food scene with this group tour. Follow your guide to street food stalls that have been recommended by the Michelin Guide. Find out more about the history of these stalls and learn what dishes each stall is known for. Meet your guide in front of the River City Complex and ride a local Tuk Tuk to your first Chinatown destination, Lim Lao Now. Taste the fishball egg noodle dish. Walk down a narrow street to Yaowarat road to try fresh off the fryer Chinese Pa Tong Go Savoey doughnuts. Head to Nai Ek's rolled noodles shop. Taste perfectly cooked, thinly rolled-up rice noodles that resemble mini-cigars. Continue to another place for crab-fried rice topped with lime and chilies in fish sauce. Tour the area and see Rajadamnoen Avenue which links the Grand Palace to Dusit Palace. Finally, stroll to Jay Fai, which is the only Thai street stall with a Michelin star. Hear more about this food stall from your guide. Choose to end your tour with drop-off at the artsy Teens Of Thailand bar on the fringes of Chinatown, or go back to the Samyan MRT station.

Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

10. Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

This 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is ideal for enthusiastic adventurers and those who want to extend their knowledge of Bangkok to its extensive Chinatown, historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets. Starting in the heart of Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the frenetic market environment, winding through narrow streets and alleyways. Your senses will come alive to the sights, sounds, and smells of a vibrant community in motion. We will pass by shop houses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture that has been centuries in the making. Cross the Chao Phraya River, with majestic views of the city skyline behind you, and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of local Thai life abound as you cycle through diverse residential communities. Inquisitive smiles and friendly greetings reinforce the feeling that you have truly left behind the beaten path and are now experiencing the authentic Thailand on this thrilling tour of a Bangkok less well-known.

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Great experience and learning. Very good, kind and patient teacher. We really enjoyed our class and were thrilled that we were able to create such beautiful creations in only a few hours. We'd recommend this as a few well-spent hours in a fun relaxing activity.

Tum was a fantastic guide, so friendly and informative. Her English is great, and she was extremely kind throughout the tour, taking photos for solo travelers and making everyone feel welcome and connected. I really enjoyed this guide.

Cooking class was well prepared, provided recipes are very detailed, visit of market was fun and interesting...

Wonderful experience, the market was really interesting! I think I may be a vegetarian if I lived in Thailand!

an amazing assortment of flavors through china town