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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.

Bangkok: Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet

2. Bangkok: Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet

Visit one of Bangkok's tallest buildings and dine with a view with this ticket for the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Savor a delicious buffet lunch or dinner. Take in the city from multiple angles with access to the 360-degree revolving viewpoint on the 84th floor.  Indulge in an international buffet at Baiyoke Sky Hotel during lunch or dinner. Enjoy a wholesome variety of great seafood choices prepared as a salad, spicy soup, stir-fried in curry paste, tempura and Teppanyaki style, or sprinkled with salt and steamed. You may find many different types of dishes from various nationalities including Thai dishes, sushi, salads, pizza, pasta, cheese and desserts, all on the 75th (lunch) and 78th floor (dinner). With this buffet package, you can also enjoy the view of Bangkok from the Observation Deck on the 77th floor and see the skyline through binoculars or with your bare eyes. Follow this with an incredible 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Revolving View Point on the 84th floor and take advantage of the many photo opportunities.

Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

3. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

4. 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. 

Bangkok: Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise

5. Bangkok: Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise

Enjoy a warm welcome onboard and set out on a dinner cruise under the stars. Indulge in a large buffet dinner under candlelight with live music in a romantic atmosphere. Taste the large international buffet with fresh seafood elegantly arranged with appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Enjoy beautiful traditional Thai dancing performances on the cruise as you pass Bangkok's most stunning landmarks.

Bangkok: River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

6. Bangkok: River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

Enjoy an evening dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess, traveling along Bangkok’s main waterway. Experience the magic of the illumination of the city’s temples and other historic monuments. Check-in at the River City shopping complex and board a safe and comfortable cruiser to experience the Chao Phraya River at night. Take in views of both banks of the river from the open-air upper deck. Soak up the atmosphere of the city’s top landmarks and monuments illuminated at night, and tuck into an elegant gourmet buffet dinner of international fare, accompanied by light background music.

Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

7. 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.

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

8. Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

Take a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River and see Bangkok light up at night. Listen to live music, see iconic sights, and eat a delicious seafood buffet dinner with both Thai and international foods available. This is a night you won't want to miss. Embark on a luxury dinner cruise from ICONSIAM Shopping Center right by the Chao Phraya River. Sit back, relax, and admire breathtaking views of the Grand Place, Wat Arun Temple, and other famous buildings alongside the river. Enjoy a candlelit dinner with live singers as you savor dishes like sashimi, papaya salad, tom yum goong, pad thai, chicken with cashew nuts, fried fish in sweet and sour sauce, curries, pasta, and a variety of western and Thai desserts. Watch traditional Thai dance performances as your luxury dinner cruise comes to an end and you head back to the meeting point.

Bangkok: Chef Designed Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

9. Bangkok: Chef Designed Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

Enjoy a feasting tour of 16+ tastings that invites guests on a culinary experience around the backstreets of old Bangkok. It's a food tour designed by a chef, led by our team of professional foodie guides. Join Bangkok's #1 food tour company. Many are unaware of China's centuries-long influence on Thailand that has permeated much of Thai cuisine. From noodles to stir fries, it's time to feast on the history of this culinary marriage. In small groups of up to 8 exclusive guests, these passionate foodie guides take you on a journey around the alleyways of Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown. If you don't want to spoil the surprises, prepare to drool over crispy chive dumplings with nam jim jaew sauce, mop up rich satay with charcoal-grilled chicken, work chopsticks over slow-braised pork, and delve into fragrant steamy bowls of shrimp dumplings and tum yum goong seafood soup. The tour concludes back at the start point, the Shanghai Mansion hotel, located along Yaowarat Road in all its neon glory. Enjoy local hospitality and meet new friends along the way. End the tour armed with the knowledge you'll need to continue eating street food across Thailand.

Bangkok: Markets, Temples and Food Night Tour by Tuk Tuk

10. Bangkok: Markets, Temples and Food Night Tour by Tuk Tuk

Discover the beauty of Bangkok by night, and visit sites that most tourists only see during the daytime. Zip thorugh the streets of Bangkok in the back of a tuk-tuk and stop to try some delicious food and drinks. Visit sights like the Wat Pho, Wat Aru, the flower market, and Chinatown. Take a walk through local Bangkok night markets, such as the 24-hour flower market that comes to life as the night goes on. You may even be surprised with stops at places you’ve never heard of! While the temple buildings may be closed at night the grounds are often beautifully lit up at night and you will walk around two temples including the famous Wat Arun. You’ll also stop to sample some of the best food in the city, whether that be random snacks in a market, some of the city’s best noodles, or dessert in Chinatown. You certainly won’t go hungry, so there’s no need to eat beforehand! Vegetarian food options are available throughout the tour. During most of the tour you’ll get around by tuk tuk, and traveling at night should mean a lot less traffic and cooler temperatures than during the day.

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Penny, our guide made the trip a real joy. She was funny, incredibly knowledgeable and shared her insights in a way that the whole group enjoyed. Penny was great at pointing out the great foods to try at the floating market and so enthusiastic about making sure we got the most from it. Penny ran the whole trip very efficiently - which is no mean feat with a group of twelve. A great day- I would thoroughly recommend and hope you are lucky enough to get Penny.

Jazzy was friendly, knowledgeable and truly looked after us for 4 hours. We discovered places that we wouldn’t have known about and tried food that we may not have found without such a guide. No tasters or samples either, but full plates of food at every stop. Towards the end of the tour we visited a number of art exhibitions and galleries as we digested everything.

Our guide Pong is very nice. We really enjoyed the tour. It was the first time for my sister and I to ride an e-scooter and he was very patient. It was also a really different experience to see Bangkok at night and visit the night markets. Thank you! This tour is definitely recommended!

Guide Kiwi is very experienced and gave us a very good day. She speaks pretty fluent English and takes good care of us. My family truly enjoyed the day tour

Very nice, relaxing and fun expierence. Definetely recommended.