Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip 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 boat ride to the market was the best part. It takes place in a long tail boat across narrow canals where you get to see how people actually live. The market itself was too tourist oriented. However, going to Bangkok and not visiting the floating market is just plain dumb. You must do it.
We had a fantastic time despite the national holiday - so many vendors were not on the water. Our guide had lovely English and pointed out so much of interest along the way (sea salt production, coconut plantation, teak carving) without any pressure to buy. The private car picked us up right on time - there is something to be said for riding in a black mercedes through the countryside. There was no pressure to get to the next stop and we had plenty of time for photographs - who needs shopping? I would probably recommend the whole day tour rather than just the half day - I feel like we missed some great opportunities to see and learn more. Our guide was very nice and answered all our questions. Once she realized I was there for the photos, she made sure that I got to see the grounds and the demonstrations to pick up the details others might not be interested in seeing. The "high speed" boat tour was fantastic - all the altars were decorated and the flowers in bloom at each home just made the trip feel special. The market was a great riot of color and several vendors actually carried larger sizes (US 14 and up) of clothing. There were not a lot of bargains to be had, but it was certainly eye candy.
Tami was amazing. She was so knowledgable about the market and Thai culture overall. We enjoyed the stop at the coconut farm and the salt fields. She was very sweet and helped us negotiate with some of the vendors at the market. She made it a great day.
Approximate 100kms outside Bangkok but worth the visit. Extremely busy tourist trap.
Guide very good and really interesting and colourful trip - enjoyed it
OK, so it was touristy, but I loved it! Loved taking the speedboat through the canals and loved the tourist shopping. Once again, our guide was wonderful.
Awesome. Traditional, not touristy, and so awesome care by our personal tour guide, who even gave us a Thai language tutorial! The stop at a local fishing market before the floating market is a precious memory! Going back again and bringing my mother to show off Thailand!
Yes, it is just for tourists but it is so unique that you must go. Our guide for the day was a blast. She soon took notice that we were game to try new things and led us on a gourmet tour of the market. We ate everything that looked good to us and none of us got sick. So go ahead and enjoy the coconut pancakes.
Very good guide, very friendly and knowledgeable. An excellent and recommended tour.
This tour is definitely recommended as the floating market is a must see for Bangkok! There may be other cheaper ways to see it, but we very much enjoyed the personal tour with a guide and driver. The guide was informative and accommodating, not at all pushy. Be prepared to spend a little money at the market, experimenting with new tastes and smells. Much of the fun for us was negociating a better price on dry goods food items are not usually negotiable. The water was one meter higher than normal due to recent rains some during our day, so not all shops were open, but enough were open to be very interesting. We especially liked the stop at the coconut products area on the way to the market town.
i LIKED THIS TOUR VERY MUCH. I WAS LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT WE HAD TO PAY AN EXTRA CHARGE FOR THE BOAT IN THE MARKETS. bUT OVERALL TRIP WAS GOOD.
We did not expect a personal guide and driver, but a tour bus. We really enjoyed our tour.
I've chosen this private tour because we don't like large groups. But one thing that I hate in tourist tours is the tourist trap. The guide brought us to a coconut farm a souvenir store in reality that wasn't in the program. But as the tour was private, we said to the guide: Just GO DIRECTLY TO THE FLOATING MARKET, we don't wanna stop anywhere else. And then we arrived there, and it was very very nice! Be sure that you won't stop nowhere before the market, to get there early.
ROI is great. Considering that most place we went were asking for "foreigners " prices (eg. extra tipping), this is a reasonable price. May not be good for a large party, but a party of 3-4 persons is a deal.
A FABULOUS DAY, ONCE YOU GOT THROUGH THE TRAFFIC IN BANGKOK, WHICH AT ANY TIME IS HORRENDOUS. THE PICK UP WAS ON TIME, THE GUIDE A REAL STAR AND VERY INFORMATIVE. THE FLOATING MARKET A MUST SEE AND EXPERIENCE. a WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND OUR LAST DAY.