Spend a memorable at day during your visit in Thailand in this 6 – hours private English speaking guided tour which will be arrange just for your party from your hotel lobby in Bangkok city at 7 am. Board to the air-conditioned vehicle and kick off for the amazing day ahead. Your first stop will be The Mae Klong Railway Market also called Hoop Rom Market or Siang Tai market means “Life-risking market. Spearing over a 100-metre length, offers a variety of fresh seafood, vegetable, tropical fruits. Your next stop will be Coconut Sugar farm which is also an interesting place to visit and taste coconut sugar. Arrive at Long Tail boat station, board in the van, switch on your mobile camera and enjoy the short ride in boat with a lot of beautiful pictures. After arriving at Floating Market you will have 1 - hour duration to ride in floating market (own expense), Eat, purchase and bargain You will be drop off back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Private Guided Tour to Train Market and Damnoensaduak Floating Market
, Jun 2019
Hmmmm. Let me start by saying that our Guide, Sophie, the car and the driver were all great. However, I hadn't checked how far out of town these tours were and a four hour round trip was a waste of our precious and short time in Thailand. My fault, my bad.
So, onto the tour. One of the first questions that Sophie asked us when she got into the car was why had we picked this tour? I replied that I had picked it based on Internet reviews. Her wry smile and response that we shouldn't believe everything that we see on the internet set my initial alarm bells going.
On arrival at the floating market after 2 hours in the car, the transition to the long tail boat was easy, although the lady taking poor quality pictures of my wife and I in the boat was visibly annoyed when we didn't want to buy them from her. Sophie was very informative about the construction of the canals and the market and very helpful in navigating our way around. Unfortunately, the floating market itself was stall after stall of exactly the same cheap and nasty tourist tat with nothing in the way of "authentic" market goods. All in all, an experience I could fully have done without.
Moving onto the Train Market, about another 30 minutes drive after the disappointment of the floating market. We arrived 30 minutes early and were fortunate enough to bag trackside seats at a small café that served excellent Mango and Sticky Rice. Over the next 30 minutes, the place became very crowded prior to the train arrival. When the train did arrive, it was very similar to what is shown on the YouTube videos, stall holders pull their awnings back, a train arrives and people stand in front of it. Interesting, but not as good as the Mango and Sticky Rice. I think the way to do this one, is to get on the train in Bangkok and do the whole journey, on the train, there and back, stopping for a Mango and Sticky rice at the terminal before heading home.
All that remained was the 2 hour trip back to Bankok.
Would I book this tour again, or recommend it to friends? Absolutely not. There are better, more authentic floating markets to visit, closer to Bangkok. Would I book with this tour operator again, Absolutely. They were punctual, clean and informative. However, I would speak to them before booking a tour to ensure that I wasn't wasting my time.