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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.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour

2. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour

Depart from Bangkok at 7:30 am, 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. When 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 around 1:30 - 2.00 pm. 

Bangkok: Michelin Guide Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. 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 some 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.

From Bangkok: Floating Market and Coconut & Salt Farm Tour

4. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Coconut & Salt Farm 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.

From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

5. From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

The markets of Thailand are some of the country’s most quintessential experiences; they give you a lively peek inside the more traditional culture of a country that often lives by water (or in this case, by the railroad tracks as well). On this full-day guided tour, you'll be taken to the most iconic markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, ending with a relaxing firefly boat tour to wind down from the day’s excitement. Maeklong Train Market is a fresh market situated right by a well-worn railroad. Watch the vendors expertly close and open their awnings to make room as the trains pass by. Wat Bang Kung is a striking Buddhist temple engulfed by the roots of a massive Banyan Tree. Learn about its bloody battle history and see the Golden Buddha inside. Located on the Amphawa canal, the Amphawa Floating Market is one of Thailand's more popular floating markets. Visit this riverside market and see vendors selling delicious treats like sweets and seafood, or browse some of the shophouses and restaurants. After sunset, when the lights have dimmed, you'll wind down with a relaxing river cruise. Your boat will take you a little further out where it is dark enough to see the fireflies, before heading back to your accommodations at 9:00 PM, ending a day of simple pleasures and tastes with the comforting sight of these lightning bugs.

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

6. Bangkok by Night Tuk Tuk Tour: Markets, Temples & Food

Discover the beauty of Bangkok by night, and visit sites that most tourists only see during the daytime. On this 4-hour evening tour by tuk tuk you’ll take in some of Bangkok's most famous temples, including Wat Pho. 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.

Longtail Boat Adventure to the Local Weekend Floating Market

7. Longtail Boat Adventure to the Local Weekend Floating Market

Looking for an authentic Thai adventure? Join us as we visit the Weekend Floating Market in one of our authentic teak boats. Experience firsthand the traditional Thai way of life as the locals did 100 years ago when Bangkok was just a small town at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. We provide you with a chance to see many local spots that most tourists never glimpse, no matter how often they visit the area. A fresh and different cultural experience, this is sure to be an unforgettable tour of Bangkok. You can see the Weekend Floating Market, the exotic Orchid Nursery, the Hidden Forest Temple, and many others. You might also witness local children enjoying the water, or the ice cream boat going by.

Bangkok: Khlong Toei Market & Bang Krachao Island Bike Tour

8. Bangkok: Khlong Toei Market & Bang Krachao Island Bike Tour

Make your first stop of the day at Khlong Toei Market, Bangkok’s largest fresh market. Watch the vendors sell their produce to the busy locals and stroll around the stalls, taking in the sights, smells, and sounds. From there, hop on an iconic tuk-tuk and head to the pier. Board a ferry that’ll take you across the Chao Phraya River. Cycle to Bang Krachao, also called ‘Bangkok Jungle’ or Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’. Discover one of the rare places in Bangkok where you’ll find yourself immersed in greenery and trees. Spend your time exploring this artificial oasis, passing through banana trees, coconut plantations, and local houses. Stop at a public park and feed the fish, before making your way to a Muay Thai school to observe students practicing the beloved Thai sport. Afterward, visit a local Buddhist temple and stop at a neighborhood Thai restaurant for lunch before taking the ferry back across the river to Khlong Toei Pier. Choose to cycle in a small group or to have your own private guide. Opt to have a private tour with a pickup service, or simply meet your private guide at the meeting point.

Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

9. Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

Meet your guide at Tha Maharaj, also known as Maharaj Pier, and depart on a long-tail speedboat journey on the “River of Kings,” the Chao Phraya River. Benefit from a private guide and included travel insurance to ensure your safety is the top priority. Choose between 1, 1.5 or 2-hour tour options, and customize the itinerary based on your interests, as long as it is realistic time-wise and can be adjusted if necessary after meeting your guide. Once the tour is finished, you will be transferred back to the Tha Maharaj Pier. The places you can visit include: • Wat Arun or “Temple of Dawn,” one of Bangkok's most famous temples on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River • Wat Kalayanamit, a prominent local Thai Buddhist temple located next to the river in an area considered one of the most important in Bangkok's history • The Artist's House (Baan Silapin), a 2-floor, L-shaped wooden building famed for its puppet theater • Taling Chan Floating Market (only open on weekends from around 8:30 AM–4 PM) • Wat Hong Rattanaram Temple, a Thai Buddhist temple classified as the second rank of the royal temple • Wat Suwannaram Temple, which was used as the execution ground for Burmese prisoners of war; you can also feed the fish for merit-making here • National Museum of Royal Barges, a former dry dock for barges and warships under the care of the Royal Household and the Royal Thai Navy that now houses barges from the Royal Barge Procession

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

10. 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.

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4.8 / 5

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it such an amazing experiences to join this trip, where I was able to make new friends. our guide explained so well about all the information.

Great experience, learnt techniques & abilities to cook at home. The chef was amazing A bit difficult to find

Excellent experience. All so exotic! Super friendly people. The guide is very attentive and very funny.

Gute Organisation, tolles Erlebnis, Preis-Leistungsverhältnis o.k., sehr zu empfehlen

Punctuality, excellent guide, driver and transport.