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No one else was on the tour we were on and this made for a memorable experience. Our guide was fantastic. The markets themselves are little more than a forum where traders sell souvenirs and handicrafts, all of which are available at the numerous handicraft centres around Thailand, however the novelty and enjoyment for this tour is derived from the food hawkers, who cook aboard their boats, this creates an aroma that emanates itself around the market. There is also an elephant park near the markets, and although a little pricey 500Baht pp the experience and novelty of riding an elephant is well worth it. The tour then passes through an obvious commission stop, however unlike most, the handicraft centre that you pass through is actually worth the time and money spent there, with intricate woodwork which can be enjoyed for nothing. The Bridge is less than spectacular, however the museum, although basic, revels in its simplicity, and is a great stop to peruse. The tour concludes with a stop at a "Government Jem factory." This is the worst part of the tour, where a high pressure salesman walks around with you as you look at the jewelery. However it is actually quite beautiful and if you can loose your "guide" as we did then the jewelery is well worth a good look.
The tour was worth doing - geared to the tourist of course. The boat rides were fun and the lunch was very tasty. You don't need to be interested in the historical significance to take the tour.
If you have limited time in Bangkok this tour is a great day out. The floating markets are a bit commercial but if you use your imagination you do get a sense of what canal life was like in the past. The tour of the furniture carving factory is well worth it and the bridge tour is worth the drive. Lunch on the river provided nice views of the river but we could have done without the poor to mediocre food. The guide was well informed and provided some needed comic relief on the drive.
This was an excellent day; our tour guide was genuinely helpful and pleasant.
The guide was an extremely knowledgeable elderly gentleman. He was so experienced and motivated that now we could almost write a thesis about Thailand and its history. He was worth the trip by himself. The bridge on the River Kwai was a brilliant experience. Of course, the floating market is something worth experiencing.
This tour is definitely worth doing. The tour guide was a very nice, very keen person. There were several sightseeings, adventures, natural landscapes, and visits. This is the tour I liked the most and would most recommend.
Must be seen - it's amazing. I enjoyed it very much.
It was a fabulous experience, would thoroughly encourage it!! However the buses could do with an update, better air-con needed in that climate, and a few repairs would help!
From start to finish it was full of information. It was a really long day and we saw lots, but it was worth it. The information from your guide was spot on.
Everything went to plan. Floating market was fascinating. Bridge over River Kwai and countryside was very interesting.
The boat rides both on the way to the floating market and on the River Kwai were really good. Overall not a bad day out, though the floating market itself was a bit of a let down.
Excellent staff on tours and pick ups.
We both enjoyed the tour but it was a long trip. We would have liked a little more information from the guide rather than just reading what was in front of us. Felt we were just being escorted and not really guided. But both driver and guide were very nice.
The trip it self was not like expected, but for a small fee 1-200 bath you coukd make it so by takeing a cool cruise and shop from the boat. What you do get is a speedboat that drives fast and is more like an a-b thing.
It was great to ride in the boats along the canals, but I wanted to see more authenticity. I would have like to have seen fruit, veg and flower vendors, rather than more of the same souvenir vendors. The guide was nice and the was very safe on the roads. The bridge over the river kwai experience was good too. It was a nice day out, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do it again.
The Floating Market was a market full of tourists. The canals were filled with more tourists taking pictures than vendors. More impressive by far was the River Kwai tour, especially the cemetery. You could read each stone and have a glimpse into a life cut short. The guide was more attentive to promote the tours the company. She did not seem very knowledgeable in providing information on the history of the country or specific details on the WWII events in the region. Her English was sometimes hard to understand, although she seemed convincing.
The tour was fun and informative. The floating markets were definitely the highlight for me.
This was a very long day. The markets were much the same as other markets bought in produce and price. It was interesting to see the older people managing the canoes. The museum at the Kwai river was tired, dusty and faded but the war graves were well maintained.
The floating market is a must see for anyone visiting Bangkok. The River Kwai was also very interesting but was about 3 hours outside of the city, so it involved a long drive. We were dropped off at the Kwai Museum and then at the bridge, then the cemetary, each time being told where to meet the guide. She did not escort us and give much information. All in all though, I wouldn't have wanted to drive this distance so it was still worthwhile. We had a lot of fun at the floating market.
A long day trip from Bangkok, picked up at 6.10am back at 8pm although Bangkok traffic was responsible for 2 hours of this, the only gripe is stopping at a couple of places under a fairly lame reason i.e how to make suger from coconuts which took 2 minutes to explain and then you are directed to a shop which happens to be next door and are followed around by assistants pestering you to buy i only want to see what i have booked not go shopping. the longboat trip to the floating market was the best part.
Peter was our guide and Mr Pom Pom our driver., only 4 of us on the tour. Peter was very good at his job and well spoken. The floating market was interesting and the War Memorial was beautiful, would have liked more time at the memorial however. As for the bridge however NOT worth it, there is nothing to show you what it is it's simply a bridge with some horrible tacky train going over it. The rest of the area is a tourist trap / market,. In a word TACKY. No respect what so ever to the lives lost you could have simply been anywhere in Thailand with a black bridge over a river. The trip also seemed to be more about the "side trips" we called Peter the walking ATM as he just kept getting money. We refused a couple of side trips in the end. A long journey to be very disappointed unfortunately.