Private Tour: Floating Markets And Bridge On River Kwai Day Trip From Bangkok

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:10 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    The departure time of the tour should be around 7:00 AM to make the journey the most pleasant.
    The pick-up time from your hotel will start prior to the starting of th.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:00pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as well as Kanchanaburi, home to the bridge made even more famous by the Hollywood movie starring Alec Guiness, The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).

You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.

Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand - Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.

Inclusions

Transport by private vehicle

River cruise to the floating market

Hotel pickup and drop off

Local guide

Lunch

Entry/Admission - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Entry/Admission - Burma-Thai Railway

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible

You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation

Minimum 3 people per booking

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 11-Nov-2019

    For such a long trip, the private car has to be much more confortable and new!! more space for the legs, the way back to Bangkock took almost 3 hours. The guide should add some more interesting items about Thailand during the driving time.

  • 22-Jan-2019

    This is a great tour. Combination of Floating Markets and the Bridge on River Kwai is just like hitting two birds with one stone. The guide Niko gave us good information of the places we visited.

  • 15-Apr-2018

    Dont bother with this tour, just take a taxi instead!

    We booked a private day tour to the floating markets and bridge on the river Kwai with Tour East Thailand with Viator.

    1. Pick up time - Having booked our trip through Viator we received a message that our pick up time would be 630am from our hotel lobby. Our tour guide Netsura turned up at 645am, saying she had been at our hotel since 6am, but then the driver did not arrive until 655am. Having got up this early it was not a good start.

    2. Floating market - we were asked to pay 900 baht for a small boat for a 30 mins market tour, though this was not mentioned on the tour exclusions on the itinerary. This maybe optional, but how else do you see the floating market?

    3. Bridge over the river Kwai - Netsura explained we should take this once in a lifetime boat trip from the JEATH museum to see the original bridge which you cant see any other way. Despite the 1000 baht charge, we went along with her suggestion, only to find the remains of the original bridge are clearly visible from the new bridge and our 5 mins boat ride is clearly a scam for tourists.

    4. Throughout the trip Netsura gave very little commentary of any interest, but continually chatted to the driver whilst tapping on her iPhone. One would question why we needed a tour guide if this is the case.

    We have been to many South East Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore on numerous occasions, so know that this tour falls well below an acceptable standard. Having provided feedback to Tour East and Viator, neither company seems to accept the above the unacceptable - very poor customer service!

    We would certainly not be using either company again!

  • 13-Mar-2018

    This tour was amazing. Our tour guide and driver were so professional, helpful and we cant recommend them highly enough.

  • 25-Feb-2018

    Way too crowded with tourists trying to experience the floating markets. More like bumper boats. Literally went down the canal a short ways and then went backwards up the same canal. Werent told that there was an extra charge for the paddle boats needed to float down the canal. Disappointing for the amount of time taken to reach the market area. Thought there would be some advantage to having a private tour but there wasnt any.

  • 22-Feb-2018

    The tour guide and driver were on time and very nice and accommodating. We had a good time at the floating market and River Kwai, although the floating market we went to the most touristy one was very congested and after awhile we got tired of being stuck in traffic in the canal. The guide was knowledgeable and we had a good time. The trip really does take all day. My only complaint was that we had to pay full price for my 1.5 year old daughter, which in Asia usually kids under 2 are free.

  • 15-Jun-2017

    The floating markets were full of sights, sounds and smells and so interesting to just sit by the river drinking a coffee and watch everything going on around us. The visit to both the POW Cemetery and Bridge makes one feel very lucky and humble. A long day at 11 hours, but worth the experience. The guide and driver were very helpful.

  • 27-Jan-2017

    Long day, but fascinating glimpse to past. Get a private tour, avoid the crowds!

  • 06-Sep-2016

    Local agent came to hotel and announced she had only booking for two people, so despite having a voucher one of our party had to stay behind and lose trip he had paid for. Trip itself was heavily focussed on taking us to tourist shops where we assume commissions paid to guides

  • 17-Jun-2016

    Our tour guide Peter and driver Mallee were just wonderful, they made our 330km round trip a great experience. They were both very professional, friendly and full of great information and advice. We will highly recommend this tour to our friends and also on TripAdvisor.

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