Private Tour From Bangkok: Railway And Floating Markets Experience

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    06:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Lub d Bangkok Siam, 925, 9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover the unique markets outside of Bangkok on this market adventure tour. Head to the famous Maeklong Railway Market where vendors set up their goods along an active railway line and see what happens when the train comes through. Then head to the Damnoen Saduak floating market and weave through waterways as vendors sell their various goods. Purchase souvenirs or some delicious Thai treats before heading back to Bangkok.

Know More about this tour

The Damnoen saduak floating market is one of the most popular sites to see in Thailand, and for good reason! Some call this area the Venice of the East, where vendors sell their goods from boats and stalls set up along the waters edge of this unique market.

In the mid-1800s, to help locals journeying between towns, Thai King Rama IV and his son, King Rama V, commissioned a 32-kilometre canal connecting two rivers together: the Mae Krong river and Tha Cheen River. The name of this man-made canal is Damnoen Saduak, which means convenience journey in Thai.

Youll start your tour with a drive by private vehicle to the railway market, about two hours from Bangkok. Please be on time for your tour! Well need to leave at 6am sharp or youll miss the excitement at the surreal railway market. And trust us, you need to see it to believe it! Vendors set up their goods along active railway tracks, with fresh produce, fabrics, cooking supplies and more all lined up a mere few inches from the tracks edge (and in some cases, right on top of the tracks). Youll get to see what happens when the train comes through: vendors gather up their things and lower their canopies, and both vendors and shoppers step aside as the train travels right through the middle of the market. Once the train leaves, business resumes as though nothing had disrupted them! Between the train schedule, your guide will lead you around the market and introduce you to traditional Thai foods, from desserts to snacks to fresh fruits. Dont be shy be sure to try a taste of the market.

Well then continue on a short drive to a palm sugar plantation, where well visit the house of a villager who still makes palm sugar the traditional way. There are a lot of coconut palm tree plantations in Thailand, and the local wisdom of making organic palm sugar from the nectar of coconut flowers has been passed down from generation to generation.

Onward, well board a small boat for a ride through narrow village canals, to reach the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak keep your camera ready as this place is a non-stop photo op. If anything catches your eye along your boat ride, let your guide know and you can stop to chat with vendors and purchase something to take home (or to eat right there!).

Well then depart the boat and walk around to explore more of the market. Youll find a variety of Thai foods, such as seasonal tropical fruits from local orchards, as well as souvenirs, all available on both river banks.

Around noon, well head back to Bangkok. If you wish, you can get off at a BTS Sky Train station, or we can return you to the meeting point. Your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodations or to other sites you should see.

Inclusions

Local English-speaking guide

A drive by private vehicle to the railway market (2 hours from Bangkok)

Visit Venice of the East - Damnoen Saduak floating market

Visit local family-run village palm sugar plantation

Small boat ride through narrow village canals

Taste Thai Snack and Seasonal Fruits

Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay

Entry/Admission - Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)

Entry/Admission - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Exclusions

Additional food and drink

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Please dress casually and comfortably for walking.

You must arrive at the meeting point ON TIME. Due to the train schedule at the Railway Market, we will not be able to wait longer than 5 minutes. We recommend aiming to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select child above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Please note, if any of the sites in the itinerary happen to be closed due to reasons beyond our control, an alternative site will be visited.

Traffic conditions may delay the return journey to Bangkok

Near public transportation

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: Instead of visiting one of the many palm sugar plantations that have been set up for tourists to see and learn about the process, we visit a local family at their village plantation where they make palm sugar daily throughout the year. The family have been here for generations and bringing our small groups provides some additional income for them.

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Urban Adventures tour.

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Guides required to regularly wash hands

All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

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  • 10-Jul-2022

    Excellent informative trip. We spent the morning with Nai , our guide and Manit our driver. Was picked up at the hotel as we were the only people on the trip. Nai was super friendly and we spent the trip to MaeKhlong exchanging stories nuggets our cultures and where to find good food in Bangkok. At MaeKhlong, Nai brought us to sample the local Thai fare ( mainly sweet desserts) and a look into a traditional Thai Market. We also visited a family run coconut sugar farm. (Look out for the super cute and friendly family dog - Fifa) Explored an authentic floating market and more than ample time to explore the market ourselves and sample the local fare. Manjit was instrumental in us reaching our destinations on time (especially to watch the train pass by the market). An excellent safe and experienced driver. Vehicle was clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend this trip. Learnt and experience Thai life outside of Bangkok

  • 25-Feb-2020

    Amazing trip! My partner and I were the only ones on the trip making it a private tour. Pokémon, our guide was very attentive to our needs. He found us great spots for taking pictures and even bought us gifts - we truely appreciated all his efforts The railway market was really impressive and you do need to see it to believe it! Loved the coconut farm where you get to meet the owner and see the whole process of making coconut sugar. The owner seemed proud and happy to be welcoming tourists The floating market is one of a kind and captures the early days of trading over water Overall really enjoyed this tour. Couldn't have ask for more from Pokémon and Urban Adventures 🙏

  • 15-Feb-2020

    Mr A made the whole day a very enjoyable experience from the start to the end. He answered all our questions with humour and candour, whilst feeding us lots of delicious local delicacies.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    I was definitely not disappointed.... and our tour guide, A, was wonderful! Knowledgeable and very entertaining. Highly recommend Urban Adventures and ask for A for your tour guide.

  • 11-Feb-2020

    Great tour! famous market and hidden gems:) This tour includes visiting an authentic market and what I enjoyed so much - local family that produce coconut sugar, it was exciting and informative journey, I would like to thank our beautiful guide Pam for this amazing day, Pam is a very friendly, energetic, positive person, I felt like traveling with a friend, we had a small group of 6 and all the way was comfy and fun. Highly recommend

  • 11-Feb-2020

    I really enjoyed the tour. My guide Pam is very nice, knowledgeable and an excellent story-teller. We had a unique opportunity to visit a small local farm producing coconut sugar. It was very interesting to see all stages of the process! The Floating market was much fun too. We were going by boat around stalls with souvenirs, enjoyed picturesque view and nature. I recommend this tour to everyone who is looking for one-day adventure

  • 08-Feb-2020

    Really enjoyed this tour with our guide A from Urban Adventures. We sampled different local foods throughout the tour which I would have otherwise walked straight past. A had an extensive local knowledge of Bangkok and ensured that we all enjoyed the tour. He got us a great vantage point to see the train at the railway market which was mind blowing! The coconut plantation was worthwhile but was much more of a smaller stop off than a place to spend an extended amount of time. Overall, good tour!

  • 04-Feb-2020

    'A' was an excellent guide, he was well informed, and had a fun personality. We were able to get out of the city and catch a glimpse at what daily life is like for some of the local people. As we took the tour on a Saturday 'A' gave us the option of visiting the local floating market or the more well-know touristic market. Our group unanimously voted for the local market and we were not disappointed. I would highly recommend this tour and any tour with 'A' as a guide truly makes or breaks how well a tour runs and he was excellent.

  • 20-Jan-2020

    Loved this trip beyond Bangkok, it's an early start but it's so worth it - we ate lovely Thai delicacies at the Railway market, we were there when the train went through (very exciting!), and had a really interesting visit to a palm sugar farm, and the floating markets were such a sign to behold .... we ate everything and it was delicious! Very comfortable transport to and from Bangkok, and the afternoon/evening free to rest, explore and practice my Thai phrases taught by Guide A - our amazing guide, thank you!

  • 16-Jan-2020

    Excellent tour with our guide A from urban adventures. He brought us to a local families coconut farm which was very interesting and away from tourist very good experience. He was very knowledgable and gave us great details about Bangkok and some surrounding towns. He bought us many different foods to try along the way which was a great way of tasting some local dishes.. all and all a great trip out.. worth taking with himself and the company. Also must see place! Floating market and train market.

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