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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get the most of your travels by getting out of Bangkok on this full-day private tour of floating markets and bridge on the River Kwai tour. Spend some time exploring the floating markets with your expert local guide, and make your way to Kanchanaburi, where you’ll pay a visit to the infamous bridge that made its Hollywood debut in a movie staring Alec Guiness—The Bridge on the River Kwai.
  • Your own private guide
  • Visit Kanchanaburi, home to the infamous bridge located on the Kwai River
  • Take a look at an age old tradition - the Thai Floating Markets and see how the locals trade on the water
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and sample the flavors of Thailand
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from selected Bangkok hotels
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Transport by private vehicle
River cruise to the floating market
Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Lunch
Entry fee to Museum and Cemetery
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The departure time of the tour should be around 7:00 AM to make the journey the most pleasant.
The pick-up time from your hotel will start prior to the starting of the tour and can vary with a pick-up time from 6:15 AM until 7:00 AM - depending on the location of your hotel.
The exact pick-up time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation.

Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

7:10 AM
Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).

After you’ve explored the unique markets—which remain one of the top attractions in this region—you’ll return to your air-conditioned coach and head towards Kanchanaburi, where the River Kwai is located. The river’s famous bridge was built in 1943 as part of a wartime project intended to connect Thai and Burmese railways lines to support Japanese occupation of Burma. More than 100,000 laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the bridge’s construction.

Enjoy a local lunch at a popular restaurant before making your way to the bridge for a closer look. You’ll make a stop at the Thailand-Burma War Museum near the War Grave Cemetery. After touring the museum head back to your coach for the comfortable return trip to your Bangkok hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Salt Evaporation Pond
Drive through the salt fields of Samut Sakhon province
Stop At:  
Coconut Sugar Farm
Stop and see the fabrication process of coconut sugar, taste the natural candies. Enjoy the wild orchid presentation
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
War Museum
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand - Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bridge Over the River Kwai
You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
River Kwai
Also referred to as Si Sawat. The river used to be considered as part of the Mekong until the late 1960s but was renamed the Kwae Yai. Today, the river can also be crossed thanks to the famous bridge carrying its name.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Visit The War Cemetery of the Prisoners of War of the WWII
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tour East
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok.

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  • "For such a long trip, the private car has to be much more confortable and new!!" See review
  • "Werent told that there was an extra charge for the paddle boats needed to float down the canal." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travellers
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Floating Market Tour
Tamas S
, Nov. 2019
Unfortunately we do not have had a super tour guide. He was not really interested, he has told us only the most important information and in the mean time he has played with is I-Phone or have had a sleep. We have to pay extra for the small boot on the floating market. However, the floating market is only for tourist!! I would never go there again. The River Kwai with the bridge was interesting and the cemetery was touching. I would chose another company to make this tour.
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star-3
too long tour for a short visit to a crouded and too touristic destination
AsherTabacman
, Nov. 2019
For such a long trip, the private car has to be much more confortable and new!! more space for the legs, the way back to Bangkock took almost 3 hours. The guide should add some more interesting items about Thailand during the driving time.
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star-5
Great Tour
Exploration639182
, Jan. 2019
This is a great tour. Combination of Floating Markets and the Bridge on River Kwai is just like hitting two birds with one stone. The guide Niko gave us good information of the places we visited.
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Dont bother with this tour, just...
dwfcheung
, Apr. 2018
Dont bother with this tour, just take a taxi instead! We booked a private day tour to the floating markets and bridge on the river Kwai with Tour East Thailand with Viator. 1. Pick up time - Having booked our trip through Viator we received a message that our pick up time would be 630am from our hotel lobby. Our tour guide Netsura turned up at 645am, saying she had been at our hotel since 6am, but then the driver did not arrive until 655am. Having got up this early it was not a good start. 2. Floating market - we were asked to pay 900 baht for a small boat for a 30 mins market tour, though this was not mentioned on the tour exclusions on the itinerary. This maybe optional, but how else do you see the floating market? 3. Bridge over the river Kwai - Netsura explained we should take this once in a lifetime boat trip from the JEATH museum to see the original bridge which you cant see any other way. Despite the 1000 baht charge, we went along with her suggestion, only to find the remains of the original bridge are clearly visible from the new bridge and our 5 mins boat ride is clearly a scam for tourists. 4. Throughout the trip Netsura gave very little commentary of any interest, but continually chatted to the driver whilst tapping on her iPhone. One would question why we needed a tour guide if this is the case. We have been to many South East Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore on numerous occasions, so know that this tour falls well below an acceptable standard. Having provided feedback to Tour East and Viator, neither company seems to accept the above the unacceptable - very poor customer service! We would certainly not be using either company again!
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star-5
This tour was amazing. Our tour...
aheathwood
, Mar. 2018
This tour was amazing. Our tour guide and driver were so professional, helpful and we cant recommend them highly enough.
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star-3
Way too crowded with tourists trying...
carbow
, Feb. 2018
Way too crowded with tourists trying to experience the floating markets. More like bumper boats. Literally went down the canal a short ways and then went backwards up the same canal. Werent told that there was an extra charge for the paddle boats needed to float down the canal. Disappointing for the amount of time taken to reach the market area. Thought there would be some advantage to having a private tour but there wasnt any.
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star-4
The tour guide and driver were on...
Edwin C
, Feb. 2018
The tour guide and driver were on time and very nice and accommodating. We had a good time at the floating market and River Kwai, although the floating market we went to the most touristy one was very congested and after awhile we got tired of being stuck in traffic in the canal. The guide was knowledgeable and we had a good time. The trip really does take all day. My only complaint was that we had to pay full price for my 1.5 year old daughter, which in Asia usually kids under 2 are free.
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The floating markets were full of...
Nigel S
, Jun. 2017
The floating markets were full of sights, sounds and smells and so interesting to just sit by the river drinking a coffee and watch everything going on around us. The visit to both the POW Cemetery and Bridge makes one feel very lucky and humble. A long day at 11 hours, but worth the experience. The guide and driver were very helpful.
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star-5
Long day, but fascinating glimpse to...
KBP
, Jan. 2017
Long day, but fascinating glimpse to past. Get a private tour, avoid the crowds!
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Local agent came to hotel and...
Anthony W
, Sep. 2016
Local agent came to hotel and announced she had only booking for two people, so despite having a voucher one of our party had to stay behind and lose trip he had paid for. Trip itself was heavily focussed on taking us to tourist shops where we assume commissions paid to guides
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