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  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Head out of Bangkok for a day of Thai culture and activities on this private day trip with your own personal guide. Visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to marvel at the array of fruits, veggies and other goods being sold by locals on their canoes. Then have lunch and spend the afternoon at the Rose Garden cultural center for an introduction to many skills and cultural traditions from across Thailand. Watch villagers display their talents like making pottery and weaving silk, and enjoy native dancing, sword fighting and more.

Highlights

  • 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 Rose Garden
  • 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 Rose Garden Cultural Center 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 Rose Garden cultural center, 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

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!

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.

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