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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.

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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 longtail 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. 

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Bangkok: Coconut Farm, Floating Market & Train Market Tour

3. Bangkok: Coconut Farm, Floating Market & Train Market Tour

Depart Bangkok and journey southwest for about an hour past the sea salt farms and local villages on the side of the road. Arrive at Maeklong Railway Market and learn how the stalls of fresh seafood built on the train tracks respond every time a train passes through. Continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, via a coconut farm if time permits. Immerse yourself in the everyday hustle and bustle as the locals buy their food and household goods. Ride through the market by boat, and try your hand at haggling for a bargain. Select the private option to also have an experience at a local farm. Learn how to harvest coconut and take a rewarding drink from it.

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From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

4. 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.

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Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

5. Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

Spend a full day visiting popular markets and famous temples in Bangkok on a private tour, complete with private, air-conditioned car and personal guide. Start with a visit to the Maeklong railway market and explore the stalls that are actually set up on the tracks. Make a quick stop at a coconut farm to learn about the production of coconut sugar, then continue to the vibrant and colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Enjoy a boat ride on a small long boat through the market as you see local vendors paddle their boats to sell things along the canals. Return to Bangkok for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is home to a 46-meter-long and 15-meter-high Buddha statue and the first open university of Thailand. The final stop on the tour is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of Dawn which had existed since the 17th century. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Maeklong Railway Market

6. From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Maeklong Railway Market

Travel to the most famous and photogenic market outside of Bangkok. Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Bangkok city center at the agreed pickup time and head towards the Maeklong Railway Market. Arrive at the market and immerse yourself in the hustle plus bustle of local life. Discover the many street vendors and train tracks crossed through the market. See how they pull back their specially designed awnings when the train comes in and reopen after the train passes. Remember to move fast when the warning bell goes off because the train is coming in a few minutes! The vendors re-arrange their carts and stalls 8 times a day. Watch as the sellers can adapt their stalls perfectly to the train schedule. Don't miss to try out local Thai food there - some are rare and you can't find them in Bangkok. Spend your leisure time walking around with no rush and be transferred back to your hotel in comfort by your professional driver.

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From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

7. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

Day 1: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market (6 Hours) Board your air-conditioned van in downtown Bangkok by 6:30 AM and drive about 45 minutes to Ban Na Kwang train station where you take a local train to the picturesque Maeklong Railway Market. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered on the Maeklong Railway's track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed. Continue to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover the most famous floating markets in Thailand, take in the sights and sounds of the floating vendors. Don't forget to snap some shots and try some foods when you wander through the colorful boats. Get transferred back to Bangkok around 1:30 PM or 2:00 PM. Day 2: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Return by Boat (9 Hours) Depart Bangkok at 7:30 AM and head to Ayutthaya by air-conditioned coach. Your first stop is the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace of King Rama V, which is beautifully decorated in both Chinese and European styles. Next, visit the landmark of Ayuthaya, WatMahathat, known for the Head of the Buddha which has a tree trunk and roots growing around it. Then continue to witness the biggest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya at Wat Lokayasutharam. Enjoy your photo opportunities along the way accompanied by stories from your informative guide. At around 1:00 PM, board the White Orchid River Cruise at Wat Chong Lom Pier. Enjoy a delicious Thai or European buffet lunch with desserts, seasonal fruits, coffee and tea. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Walk up to the boat's view deck and marvel at the stunning views of famous Bangkok attractions such as Wat Arun, the Royal Grand Palace and Rama VIII Bridge.

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Mahachai & Maeklong Railway Market Day Tour From Bangkok

8. Mahachai & Maeklong Railway Market Day Tour From Bangkok

In the morning, meet your private guide at your hotel and head to Wong Wiang Yai Train Station. From this station, travel by third-class train with wooden seats. Along the way, you'll see many paddy fields and the homes of local Thai people. Once arrived in Mahachai, take a boat trip to a fishing community and ride a local tuk tuk, or rickshaw. After lunch at a local restaurant, board a boat which will bring you to Baan Leam. From there, travel by train to Maeklong where you will visit Thailand’s largest fresh seafood market. When you reach the Mae Klong Railway Train Market, watch the busy locals buying and selling their products. Enjoy the spectacle of how the market transforms when a train passes: listen out for the piercing siren which signals for the shoppers to disappear and the stallholders to whip away their produce. Marvel at how the vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings to make way for the train to pass. See how the train traveling at about 15mph almost touches the fruits and everything else at the market as it squeezes through. After visiting all of the sights, transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok by around 5:00 PM.

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From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Train Market Tour in Spanish

9. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Train Market Tour in Spanish

Start the tour by meeting your small group at one of the two meeting points, or get picked up at your hotel if you upgrade to the private tour option. Leave Bangkok around 7 AM by air-conditioned van, and get to know your Spanish-speaking guide and learn some insights about Thailand on the 1.5-hour ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Upon arrival in Ratchaburi province, board a longtail boat and enjoy the ride to the floating market. Don't forget to take a photo or video of this unique experience. Once there, immerse yourself in the floating market for 1 hour. See locals selling their food from paddle boats, and shop for food, snacks, or souvenirs right from the boat. Spend your leisure time walking around the market with no rush and try authentic Thai food, if you like. After exploring the market, get back on the van and drive to the famous Maeklong Railway Market centered on the railway. Wander around with your guide waiting for the iconic moment when the local train comes at 11:10 AM. As the train approaches, watch the awnings and shop fronts get moved back from the rails, and then replaced once the train has passed. Make sure to have your camera ready as the train will not wait for you. Then, gather with your group and board the train to be ready to leave Mae Klong station at 11:30 AM. Take in the views of the rice fields and local way of life on the railway side. Arrive at Ban Na Kwang Railway Station at 11:57 AM and hop on the air-conditioned van for the return trip to Bangkok. Call it a day and get dropped off around 1:30 PM.

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From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

10. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

The day begins at the meeting point for those on the small group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM and head out on the 1.5 hour journey to Maeklong Railway Market. Upon arrival, wander around 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 more, and don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO listed location, and enjoy a stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including Wat Mahathat, enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, followed by Wat Chai Wattanaram, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive temples. At the end of an unforgettable day, begin the return journey to Bangkok at 5:00 PM, arriving at around 7:00 PM.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,396 reviews

Nice experience, the sugar farm was a full immersion in a local family business. The floating market an experience to not miss, unfortunately not so many vendors due to covid-19. The guide, professional and passionate.

Our guide, Khun Tee, was immensely kind and patient and above all very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour - totally worth the money!

Great tour! Top organized and varied and interesting places at a really very affordable price. To recommend without reservation :)

Our guide was amazing! She gave so much explanation and she knew the best food boats to go to. I highly recommend her!

It was really nice and calm trip. It wasn’t so busy as it was in the past. We really enjoyed it