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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: Railway & Floating Market Tour with Paddleboat Ride

2. Bangkok: Railway & Floating Market Tour with Paddleboat Ride

Explore Thailand's world-famous markets on this tour. Visit the town of Mae Klong and discover local products and goods at its popular railway market. Then, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can taste and shop for local food. After meeting your guide, leave the city of Bangkok and travel by road until you reach the small town of Mae Klong. There, you get to explore the railway market. This traditional market is a spectacle visited by both locals and tourists. Witness how the stands selling local products are set up and dismantled at each train pass and be acquainted with the market's hustle and bustle and its different aromas. Have an unforgettable experience as you wait for the train to pass before browsing through a variety of local products. Next, continue your journey to the Thai province of Ratchaburi to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Take a typical paddle boat to discover the market and sail along the canals. See how locals buy and sell from boat to boat. You can also shop for spices, fruits and vegetables, crafts, and souvenirs. Then, enjoy some free time to walk through the town's narrow streets, taste local products, and observe people's lifestyles before returning to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Guided Day Tour

3. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Guided Day Tour

Join this fantastic day trip and discover Maeklong Railway Market, the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and Ayutthaya Historical Park in just one day. Explore each iconic destination with a local guide who will provide fascinating insights and local experiences. Visit the famous Maeklong Railway Market, located along the railroad tracks, and learn about the products from your local guide. Marvel at how the market stalls are pulled back from the tracks each time a train approaches. Stop at a traditional Thai house and watch the locals make brown coconut sugar. Then, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with plenty of time to stroll through the colorful market. After lunch, explore the temple ruins of Ayutthaya. Marvel at the reclining Buddha image at Wat Lokayasutha. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya before returning to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Guided Tour

4. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Guided 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 palm 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: Damnoen Saduak, Train Market & Mahanakhon Day Trip

5. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak, Train Market & Mahanakhon Day Trip

Start your tour by meeting your fluent English-speaking tour guide at the meeting point in downtown Bangkok by 09:00 AM. After boarding a fully air-conditioned coach, head for about 1.5 hours to Ban Ka Long Railway Market where you will get on a train to ride it to Maeklong Railway Market itself, led by the tour guide. After exploring the market, take a paddle boat to sail through the canals and enter into Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Here, you'll be provided enough leisure time to wander around the many local shops inside the market. Try local Thai delicacies such as Pad Thai, mango sticky rice, boat noodles, tropical fruits, and more. Next, hop on your return transfer to Bangkok and be dropped off at King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Thailand and an iconic architectural landmark. Receive your full entrance pass, then soak up panoramic views of Bangkok from a 314-meter (1,030-foot) high skywalk. Look down through the glass, if you dare.

From Bangkok: Markets and Ayutthaya Tour

6. From Bangkok: Markets and Ayutthaya Tour

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 aproximately between 19:00 to 21:00pm depending on the traffic jump.

Bangkok: Maeklong Railway and Floating Market Tour

7. Bangkok: Maeklong Railway and Floating Market Tour

Visit one of Bangkok's most unique and vibrant markets: the floating Damnoen Saduak market, where the bustle of trade unfolds on the water. Imagine brightly colored boats laden with fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of local products, creating a picturesque scene. Floating markets are not just places to shop; they are living reflections of a community's history, customs, and culinary delights. The unique setting provides an immersive experience, allowing you to interact with vendors and witness the timeless beauty of a market afloat. Then, head to the Maeklong Railway market, with its tight squeezes and unique location, offering a rich and diverse experience of how and where locals trade and do commerce. Combining a visit to both markets offers a rich and diverse experience, showcasing different aspects of Thai culture, commerce, and ingenuity.

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

8. Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

Spend a day discovering some of the best markets and temples that Bangkok has to offer. Enjoy a combination of local culture, sightseeing, and food tastings. First, visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Called "Talat Rom Hup" which roughly means "umbrella pulldown market", watch the vendors scramble to pack up their stalls when a train goes by along the track that runs through the market. Explore and hopefully see the train pass before making way to the next stop, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover one of the more famous floating markets in the city, which is made up of a network of narrow canals dotted with vendors paddling their boats filled with their wares. From local produce to souvenir items, take in the organized chaos on the river before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant, at your own expense. After indulging in a variety of tasty Thai foods, set off to visit Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is one of the country’s most sacred temples. Take in the tranquil and spiritual environment before making your way to the Grand Palace. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and numerous images here, once home to the Thai royal family up until the early 1900s. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

9. From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

Experience the diversity of Thai life by visiting 2 vibrant markets and 2 farms in Samut Songkhram. You'll have a chance to shop by boat and visit floating stalls, then get back on land to learn hands-on coconut and salt farming skills from locals.  Meet your guide at your hotel to set off for your first excursion of the day, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located on Thailand’s longest canal.  Visit vendors and sample Thai foods, such as sweet mango on sticky rice, freshly made coconut ice cream, and Thai-style boat noodles as you tour the market by longtail boat. Learn about the history of this 100-year-old tradition of selling goods on the water.  Continue exploring, making your way to Mae Klong Railway Market, where vendors set up shop alongside the train tracks, selling everything from dried spices and durian fruit to seafood and meats. Since 1905, the trains and vendors have co-existed: the train signals and people rush to remove their stalls, earning this spot the nickname, "umbrella pull-down market.” This vibrant activity takes place several times a day. Next up is a quieter scene at a nearby coconut sugar farm. Learn how Thai farmers produce coconut nectar: watch a demonstration of the liquid being boiled and pasteurized. Take part in a mini-workshop where you get to stir the nectar as it pasteurizes to become a drinkable delicacy.  Spend the last of your day trip at a field where sea salt is produced. Discover this fascinating type of saltwater farming, watching the farmer harness the strength of sunlight and wind. Join a short salt-rubbing workshop, then snap some photos before being taken back to your hotel. Explore Thailand more after the tour, with an augmented reality (AR) app (download instructions received after booking on confirmation voucher). Use your smartphone to access this interactive experience where the real world is enhanced by technology.

Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

10. Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

Book yourself or your group on this personalized 8-hour tour around Bangkok, or venture out to nearby provinces to get a unique insight in to Thai culture with a local. The private tour can be tailored to your interests, whether you want to visit the historic sights or neighborhood lifestyles. Visit the ornate murals of the Grand Palace or take in the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya. The Summer Palace is set on lovely grounds on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is one of the best-maintained attractions in Thailand. One of the most popular attractions close to Bangkok, you will feel like a king as you wander through the vast complex. While in Ayutthaya, take in the Historical Park. The Siamese moved their capital to Ayutthaya around 1350 AD and created a royal palace and many impressive monasteries and Wats in the area. In the mid 1800's the Burmese sacked it and the city was abandoned. Now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, you can explore the historic temples scattered around the encircling river. If you prefer, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and see Thais going about their everyday life in a truly unique setting. Stay in downtown Bangkok to visit sites such as the Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market and reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Transportation is via the Bangkok skytrain, or by taxi where needed. If you want to venture further afield, you will be taken by comfortable minivan and have the services of a professional driver. Everything can be arranged through your friendly guide, who will take you to the areas most of interest to you and share their expert local knowledge in a fun and fascinating way to make the city your Bangkok.

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What people are saying about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

We enjoyed both the railway market and the floating market. It was great to see these traditional places and experience both markets especially the railway just after the train passes! Both markets were very crowded but we are still so glad that we went. The food at the floating market was excellent. I do wish we had a little more time at each market to shop and eat. The tour guide was very nice.

Our travel guide Victor is a very good and pleasant guide. Due to a small delay he adjusted the schedule a bit and we were able to just enjoy the tour. For this trip it is wise to buy a few bottles of drinks per person in advance. It can get very hot and busy on the train. Plenty of food and drinks for sale at the floating market

All very interesting and characteristic, if you are in Bangkok you can't miss taking a tour of these markets! No problem with the pick-up, they were very punctual.

Really nice experience and Jimmy our guide was the best person we could have had for this job. Kapunkap!

The food at the floating market wasn’t that great but otherwise everything else was ok