Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Floating Markets and Rose Garden Cultural Center Day Tour from Bangkok. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The floating markets are obviously not what they used to be but still worth the visit--we had a great day out.
The gloating market is another 'must see" for Bangkok. Unfortunately the whole thing has now been much commercialized.There was more gaudy market "junk' for tourists than genuine marketeers selling vegetables and fruit. A ride in a boat on the canal is an experience though. The Rose Garden is a truly beautiful place and we had the best Buffet lunch of our trip there.
we recommend this tour, however we realize there are political issues in the Country, and we don't mind hearing about it a bit, however we felt she went on a tad excessive.
Although the market is mostly for tourists, it is still a fantastic experience. One word of advice is, don't trust the guide and pay 150 for a place on a boat in the market, look around and a you can hire a whole boat for only 200.
KAI LEUNG T
A good experience. Rose Garden is great! The restaurant inside the garden is a luxurious place to have lunch. The cultural show is an attractive one that was enjoyable for everybody watching.
Nice way to get away from the hustle bustle of Bangkok and see some of the countryside. Market was an interesting experience as well as the visit to the Rose Garden.
Floating market was disappointing as most of the stalls were not on the water. However, the visits to the coconut farm and teak carving facility were very interesting as was the elephant show and cultural show at the Rose Garden.
It was an interesting trip, being our first time. I enjoyed the coconut plantation stop and the teak wood factory stop. It was an eye opener.
The trip to the floating markets and rose garden was an experience I would not have missed. It was truly great.
Floating markets interesting enough. Cultural Center was OK. Elephant ride unique experience.
The floating markets are worth doing, the meal at the rose garden excellent - but the mini van driver we had was really a bad driver, there was 7 of us in the van and we were all under the same impression. All he wanted to do was beat the coaches and then he was on a mission to drop everyone off. Other then the driver and good day.
Great day but we spent to much time eating the wonderful lunch and didnt see alot of the centre
First the negative, and the reason why I gave this tour only 3 stars: the Floating Markets exist ENTIRELY for tourists. Be forewarned: if you so much as glance in the direction of one of the stalls, the shopkeeper will pull out a long hook and drag the boat to his or her shop. Being jet-lagged and still under the influence of initial culture shock, I wasn't well prepared for this aggressive salesmanship and it spoiled my enjoyment. Additionally, the Rose Garden CC is quite disappointing (there's very little to see), and the show is pure kitsch. To Viator's credit, it emailed before the tour to warn that the elephants would not be present for the show and to ask if we still wanted to go ahead with the tour. But I doubt that the elephants would have rescued the show, which suffered from boring and bored-looking performers. At the end of the show, the dancers pulled out various flags of the world and paraded to the tune of "It's a Small World." Ugh! If I want Disney, I'll go to Orlando. Now, the positive: our guide, Chai, was wonderful and experienced and witty. The true highlight for my daughter and me was an unexpected stop at the oldest Buddhist temple in Thailand. And when you consider all that you get for, what, $65/person, including a delicious buffet lunch, it is money very well spent. Despite misgivings about what I call the "Fleecing Market" and the desultory Rose Garden show, I would recommend the tour to the first-time visitor to Bangkok.