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Tour code: 3685BKK30P
Enjoy a private tour of some of the region’s most notable cultural attractions on this day-long excursion from Bangkok. Your trip includes a visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s best-known markets, which you’ll explore by longtail boat. Then it’s off to the Sampran Riverside Thai Village with your private guide. Enjoy lunch at the garden’s restaurant and watch as villagers demonstrate their skills in everything from rice pounding to umbrella painting. You can also take in sword-fighting, a wedding ceremony and other traditional activites.


  • Private day trip from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak and the Rose Garden cultural center
  • Get out of the city to see pieces of daily Thai life and culture
  • Explore the bustling Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by long-tail boat
  • Watch traditional Thai skills such as silk-weaving on display at the Sampran Riverside Thai Village
  • Be entertained by cultural activities like Muay Thai boxing and sword fighting
  • Enjoy a lunch of Thai cuisine
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Sampran Riverside Day Trip from Bangkok

See traditional Thai skills on display at the Rose Garden cultural center outside Bangkok

Your day trip from Bangkok starts with pickup at your hotel by private vehicle for the drive to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, 68 miles (110 km) west of Bangkok. During the drive, admire views of salt fields and rice paddies, and get an introduction to the market from your private guide.

When you arrive, board a long-tail boat with your guide to explore the busy, colorful market where vendors sell fruits, vegetables, flowers and sweets right from their canoes. This is one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand, and it can be crowded, but if you wish to get off the beaten waterways, you can rent another boat to take you through the smaller, often more peaceful canals (time permitting; own expense).

Once you’re back on dry land, you’ll be driven to the Sampran Riverside Thai Village, a resort-style attraction 20 miles (32 km) west of Bangkok. Enjoy lunch at the garden’s restaurant, and then spend the rest of your tour immersed in Thai culture.

At the traditional village within the resort, see Thai villagers make handicrafts and demonstrate other skills such as weaving silk, making pottery, painting umbrellas, weaving mats, carving fruit, pounding rice, making masks and dolls, and crafting silver and lacquerware. See authentic Thai period costumes, different styles of native architecture and antiques from around the country. You can also watch displays of cultural activities like Muay Thai boxing, sword fighting, dancing, a wedding ceremony and an elephant show.

When your time at the Rose Garden is up, you’ll be returned to your hotel in Bangkok, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Stephen B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

A must-do! The boat ride was fun with so many people from all over the world in one place. The private tour was the best of all. You get so much more from a private tour for just a little more money. There was plenty of time for shopping, and we had a wonderful guide.

We were never rushed and treated extremely well. We were very informed and given personal attention and even cold packs for our necks to cool down. (The heat can get to you.) The car ride to the Rose Garden takes a little while but is worth it. We rode in nice, clean and comfortable air-conditioned sedans. The gardens are beautiful and lunch, elephant ride and show were wonderful, too. We really got our money's worth!

Stanford H

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Our guide was not as helpful as other guides we have had. The floating markets and cultural center were very interesting.

William S

4 star rating: Recommended May 2012

Enjoyed the floating markets and, whilst they are more commercial now than when my parents visited back in the 1970s, there were still some bargains to be purchased. The long tail boat ride up the canals was interesting. The Rose Garden Cultural Centre wasn't quite what we expected - very commecial. Enjoyed the show inside but the elephant show was somewhat disappointing. Would revisit the markets but wouldn't bother about returing the centre.

Ian W United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

This was our most enjoyable day out; the rose garden was fabulous. Again, our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Once again, the food and restaurant were first class. I even purchased a hat from one of the floating market stalls.


4 star rating: Recommended May 2007

The tour would be absolutely fantastic if we were able to go through the market itself, without having to rent another boat.

Roger C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2016

When I book a private tour I expect a guide that is informative and makes the trip interesting. I do not expect one that sleeps between locations, leaves us to our own devices and spends the time sitting in cafes eating and drinking! The locations were as expected, but the tour guide was a waste of space!


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2012

Worst private tour of our lot, we asked to modify the tour (more time at one place , less time at another) and rthe equest was not honored by rude, deceiptful and uninformative tour guide( at first he said no problem then didn't do as asked then got mad and rude when we called him on it). Why bother paying extra for the private tour then? Floating markets are sort of a must but can get crowded, cultural center was just OK, not a must see but nice if you have the extra time.

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