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I was not contacted regarding the change to departure time, so glad I confirmed with tour guide from the previous tour or would have missed this tour. Really enjoyed this tour, the guide was very nice and funny. We somehow managed to miss a lot of the crowds, well worth doing. Saw a lot more than just the market and bridge.
We were disappointed that there were only 9 of us which meant we travelled the entire distance in a small mini-van with very little leg room and it was extremely hot. It also meant we could not look out and see much of the countryside. The guide explained the company rules that we would have to have 13 or more to go on a coach. The guide did her best but we had two others on the tour that were constantly complaining and one took over the guides seat in the front. Spoilt the trip for us,
The trip started with a visit the floating markets. It was fun to ride on the motor boats and to see the local floating market. This is a good chance to buy souvenirs as well. The highlight was the visit to the Kwai River and the World War II cemetery. The guide was very knowledgeable and lived during those difficult times. The trip back was difficult due to a two hour delay on traffic in Bangkok. We understand this was out of the guide's control.
Very picturesque but watch the hawkers selling Tiger Balm. They will pick your pocket before you know what hit you.
The floating market was frankly a big souvenir rip-off. When we didn't buy anything at the identical two places our rower took us to, she didn't even bother on the last leg to even row us on the same side as any activity. As for the River Kwai, it is terrific, but we had to pay extra to see the newer and better museum. That should have been included in the price as it should be in the program.
A good trip. The floating markets however are purely for tourists and much of the trip is a period of hard selling from the traders. The River Kwai stop was also good and the tour guide was really informative.
Good tour. Stallholders in market go in for hard sell, which can be off-putting.
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.