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Very friendly and informative tour guide and driver. The market experience was very tourist-orientated and less authentic than expected, but still colourful and entertaining. Tour East / Viatour organization was prompt, efficient and welcoming.
Enjoyable tour, The drive from Bangkok was longer than expected. We had an excellent individual tour guide and took in some extra stops.
OK, yes, this location is now for tourists. But guess what? You are visiting a foreign country and you likely will not blend. You are a tourist. For this one have fun with it. We did the tour on Sunday and I have to recommend that as there was no traffic. Our guide told us the trip to the market can be a lot longer on weekdays. We went to a coconut factory adn then to the markets where our guide got us a private boat to go around in. We saw some others comment about our luck. The markets were a great place to get lunch, we pulled over to a few food stands on boats and it was so much fun. The food at the docks was also good. If you buy trinkets when in the boat you will pay more than the large fixed price store in the docks. Just know that or check their prices first if you really want the haggle experience. Getting people down 65% still had the same results. We noticed this across the board. Stick to food, but it is worth the cost to go around the market on boat.
Great trip and really pleased that we went privately as it was very warm to be hanging around waiting on a full bus load. My brother joined me from New Zealand totally unexpected and I phoned up to add him to the tour which was done without any hassle. Great tour - not so sure about the length of time spent at the stopovers but other than that fantastic experience.
Nice tour, the guide was nice and informative.
The stop at the Coconut sugar farm is great and the floating market are for sure something to see.
We booked a private tour and all the trip and the driver has been very pleasant.
Overall a great experience! The side trips to ride elephants, visit a snake farm, and see a woodworking shop were a bit much and we felt obligated to purchase tickets for these activities. Would leave these options up to the traveler.
Nice guide and good value! The floating market is very interesting. I just didn't like stopping at some shops on the way back!
Expensive, but was worth it when travelling in a small group.
Private tour of the floating markets was excellent, with own driver and guide.
United Arab Emirates
A really great tour. Floating Market was great to see and I had a great time.
The market was a big disappointment, very crowded and tourist driven stalls. Also I felt like we were being unsold by the guide at every opportunity.
Interesting experience, but geared towards taking tourists past canal-side shops that sell misc tourist souvenirs.
The experience is quite unique in the sense it was never like anything i've experience before. Merchants selling their goods in their boat seems worth watching and amusing.
Very good guide and v. good trip. Did not like being left at a jewelry factory. Left bad taste. Would rather paid more and not been hassle.
Wrong time of year, perhaps? Very few boats even on the water and the few there had more overpriced trinkets and souvenirs than anything. I saw lot's of good reviews so maybe we just hit a bad day.
It is a pleasent half-day tour. You can be independent and the personal car is comfortable. Nevertheless expect to be brought to wood-carving shops, elephant-ride farms, tiger-farms, etc etc etc so if you want to focus on the floating market you can ask in advance to skip them.
The floating market itself is a very interesting experience, but it is purely a tourist thing, no locals buying/selling goods there.
tourist trap, we wanted more culture
As we had already been on an elephant ride, and having read criticisms of this particular elephant camp, we asked our guide to delete this from our itinerary.
Our guide was very chatty in the car, while we hurtled along at 130km an hour in 80 zones.
As it was our last day in Thailand we had minimal baht with us and I think our guide lost interest in us. We clearly weren't going to buy anything so he wasn't going to get any commissions.
We stopped at an orchid farm but were left to our own devices. Ditto at a teak carving factory. The floating markets were good fun and we parted with our last 600 baht to have a paddle boat to ourselves. The narrow waterways are very overcrowded but that added to the atmosphere.
Once we got back to our hotel we did not get the customary Thai farewell, they just hopped in the car and were off.
A must see but very touristy. The private tour was great because we were able to be on our own schedule.
More driving than I wanted but the short boat ride was fun.
Very touristy, but what did I expect. I suppose if you're looking for "old world" thailand we are 50 years too late!
The market is still amazing. I come from Africa so it's a culture shock - which is what i want:)
What i did not like about the tour was the silly coconut plantation stop on route (100km drive). I used the stop for a toilet break, but the plantation is really just a place to exploit tourists for more money.
What really pissed me off was that to tour the market in a boat was an extra Baht150 (only $4). BUT when you've already paid the viator price of $80, why cant the tour operator incluse it into his costs???
Either way, the tour was fun despite the 3 dollars!
The market is totally touristic. I was expecting something local, where thai people really go to buy their fruits for the day. I heard that a floating market less touristic really does exist, but it was not the one where they took me.