Decided to take up this tour since I've read that going to this place could be quite a hassle. I didn't regret my decision at all. Here's why:
1) Land journey from my hotel (Glow Pratunam) to this place is quite a distance. It took slightly more than an hour to reach to the destination.
2) Guide was very knowledgeable, speaks good English, answers your questions with a smile.
3) The mini bus was decent and comfortable.
4) HERE'S THE TRICKY PART: Boat ride TO the floating market was included in the pricing. I've read that a lot of tourists get scammed at this point if you don't take up a tour. (However, do note that boat ride pricing AT the floating market, you must pay on site. It's not included in the package).
The day before the tour, a travel agency left a note to my hotel reception stating the details of the meetup. On the morning itself, we were supposed to meet the tour guide at 6.20am in the lobby area, but we woke up late and met them at 6.45am instead. This made the tour guide unhappy, we can see it from her face (so please don't have a late night before your trip like we did!).
After they picked us up, the minibus we're in collected the rest of the tourists from different hotels. Once everyone is in, we headed to the floating market with one short pit stop/toilet break at a location where some souvenirs were being sold. Throughout the journey, the guide did a commentary on the prominent locations/monuments from time to time as we went along.
Once we reached the destination, we took a boat to the floating market, through some narrow river (or maybe canal?). The scenary was quite pretty as you pass by the houses and temples. At the floating market itself, you need to take another small boat where a peddler will peddle your boat around to the shops you wanna go.
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- whatever you do, BARGAIN! I got 90% off!!
- after that, we went to elephant village (can ride, take pic, feed)
- sent back to hotel
I'd recommend anyone with the time to take this tour. The floating markets were great and the chance to see them from both boat and foot gave a great overall perspective. Many photo opportunities as well as abundant shopping if so inclined. The Bridge makes for more sombre viewing with visits to the JEATH museum and war cemetery. It had been 14 years since I'd been here but well worth another visit. Our guide, Tat, couldn't be faulted and the four English ladies I shared the tour with were a delight.
We had a great time on this trip. The weather was perfect, but if it is sunny out it is a good idea to wear a hat and/or sunscreen because it does get very hot out on the water. Make sure to bring cash, although we found that the larger market area we were taken too not actually on the water took credit cards.
Our tour guide was fantastic and extremely informative. It was great to see the floating market.A must do trip
An excellent tour. I really liked the mix of activities for the day starting with the floating markets, and making our way to the River Kwai. Our guide Yai was fantastic -- full of anecdotes and information as we went. Our driver Mr Kung was always close by with the air con nicely going. Lunch was very nice with a mix of Thai and western options. With only a few days in Bangkok, this tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Arrangements for pickup, confirmation, etc., were all handled exactly as stated in the tour description.
This was a great full day tour with lots of stops and included lunch. Our guide and driver were excellent and very jolly. The lunch at the rise gardens was really good too. The floating market was fab and we spent a fortune on lots of goodies.
This was an absolutely marvellous trip. Our drive to the market was quick and efficient, and our guide Pearl was interesting, enthusiastic and very friendly. The market itself was fascinating, even when just walking around it, but the boat-ride among the stalls was the highlight - we bought some delicious snacks, cooked to order and passed across by fishing net, as was the cash; we didn't mind having our boat hooked and hauled in by some of the more opportunistic stallholders, and we acquired some super souvenirs (there's a huge variety of stock, some lovely, some awful, but something for everyone) - while we were there we booked and paid for the boat-ride as an extra, and were very glad we did. We would like to have had longer there (maybe 3-4 hours, in total) and to have had fewer stop-offs, opportunities to buy, on the way back (although in fairness there was never a hard sell), but overall this was a superb day out, and very well organised/guided.
We opted for a private tour as my husband uses a wheelchair but is also able to walk and transfere. We had a wonderful time. Lovely guide and driver picked us up from hotel. We stopped at coconut plantation and watched how they used every piece of the coconut - there was opportunity to buy products if you wanted. As an extra she took us to see the elephants and we both had a ride.
The floating markets were fascinating our guide was so attentive making sure my husband could manage everything. We paid extra for a small boat through the main market area. Again a boat was adapted so my husband could get in ok and be comfortable. They arranged to drop us off at a better landing for safety - once again as soon as we arrived our guide and driver were waiting. If you are disabled and want to do this trip it is possible and people are very helpful. The only down side was getting an email from Viatour telling us it was going to cost us £10 extra for a bigger car for wheelchair even though we explained our chair folded down small and the wheels came off and it would fit any car boot. But in the end we had to pay the extra £10 - but the car was nice and our driver very attentive.
Picked up promptly from our hotel and comfortable air condition transport. Our first stop over was at a coconut factory of sorts and we were shown how they make a sweet similar to tablet. Lots of items made from the shells and the coconut itself. We then made our way to the floating markets where we went on to a motorised long boat which took us to where it was. You then had the choice to move on to a slower boat to go in amongst the market boats or you could walk along the side. All our small group opted for the boat and we had a lot of fun moving in amongst the boats and the market traders pulling us in by a hook to try and get us to buy with the usual bartering taking place. There was still time when we got off the boat to wander along the side and we tried some of the fried bananas which were delicious. We then left the market and stopped at a wood carving factory which was really interesting to see the craftsmen at work and then we saw lots of examples of their skilled work. This was followed by a lovely traditional Thai lunch and then we headed for the River Kwai. This also included a visit to the museum and to the Graves of those who lost their life's whilst in captivity. Found the grave of someone who died on my birthday and it was quite sobering to think that I was born only 17 years after his death. Growing up you always thought the war had been much further back in history. The bridge itself was impressive although with so many tourists it does take it away a bit from the real hardships faced in the war but well worth the visit. All in all a very good day and it represented very good value.
Worth seeing. Floating market is really nice and interesting experience. Very nice guide. This is must see in Thailand.
I would highly recommend this trip. The floating market made our entire trip. We saw all the temples and things that Bangkok had to offer, but the floating market was by far our favourite. With a roughly 2 hour drive, and a quick stop at a coconut factory, it really doesn't seem too long. You are first put on a motor boat and rip around some different canals which leads you to the entrance of the floating market. There are definitely some cool things to see on this ride alone. Once you get to the market you purchase your ticket and hop on the boat. I believe the market is now more touristy as it was in the past, but don't let that dictate your decision. This is a must trip.
The tour guide was very knowledgable. He attempted to be funny and crack some jokes. He was very good at what he does.
Great way to see the floating markets and get a bit of shopping in as well! The guide was very knowledgeable throughout. Great idea for a 1/2 day tour!!
The floating markets were amazing. Full of life and vibrant. The cultural center seemed a little "forced" and the show a little manufactured but I would certainly recommend visiting the floating markets
We found it an amazing experience, the maket was very busy and congested, but that was the whole fun of it, I thought we would all end up in the water, nevertheless I would reccomend it to anybody visiting Bangkok we did the floating market and the River Kawi it was a very long day, but totally worth it all. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgable, and great fun, All in all it was a fantastic day.
Excellent tour, great guide who spoke really good English. We were well looked after- perfect timing of arrival at markets, getting on rowing boat, long tail pick up, lunch at markets. Trip to wood carving was good, it was a great day, highly recommended. Thank you!
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