My favorite excursion of my month long trip! After a few brief driver inspired stops he was aware of when we wanted to leave each location and was very respectful of that, we arrived at the canal that would lead us to the markets. The whole experience was amazing, but, for me, the only way to truly appreciate the markets is to take the additional boat ride. The first boat leads you to aisles of souvenirs and such that are set up in a permanent area, like a small flea market. I wanted to be going through the narrow passageways and experience what it was like from the water side of things. The price for the extra ride may vary mine was 600 Baht for a private boat, but quite worth it. Sellers rowed up to me and were offering a variety of items there were also permanent stands set up on the sides and I could be rowed over to them to examine their items more closely. That trip lasted between 20-30 minutes. I wanted to go back even before I left and would definitely do it again.
This was a Great experience and tour, to travel on a long tail speedboat and experience shopping, haggling on prices and trying fresh cooked thai sample dishes and fruits on the floating market we tried the mango sticky rice, fried bananas, and mango tees. Our tour guide Pu Yee was excellent!!! Very knowledgeable with Thai culture and the floating market. Both both her and the driver arrived on time to pick us up and Pu Yee provide a lot of details of Bangkok, the Thai culture, and the floating markets. She and the driver were very accommodating which we discussed or asked for recommendation on elephant tour that would be short, that they took us to one on the way to the river, this added an additional 30-40 mins overall to tour. My wife, son and I really enjoyed this tour. We visited and got to shop the floating and land shopping market for 1hr. This tour does start early, pick up was 7:15am at our hotel, and took approx 1hr to get to the river. We got to visit a coconut factory that extract and make coconut oil and soap. The floating market closes at 11am, Thai buffet lunch is included on a docked A/C boat along the river, and we were back to our hotel by 1pm. Overall a great tour!!!
Jane United Kingdom
I definitely recommend visiting the floating market. Its very vibrant and a fantastic experience being on the river and surrounded by so many other boats all trying to get through. At one point we were in the middle of a traffic jam with much shouting or so it seemed in thai by the boat owners trying to get their boat and passengers through the water ways. Great fun. It probably is a tourist trap but you go there knowing that, and what that brings with it, the fact prices may be higher than you'd pay in a market in the city centre. However, you can still bargain and 'sail' away if the price isnt what you want to pay. We did quiet a bit of shopping at the floating market, some of the items we saw back in the city markets later, but others we didnt so if we hadnt bought them at the floating market we wouldnt have come across them again. Its fun and very different 'shopping' from a boat.
We paid 98 total for 2 people, which I think was probably expensive for what was included, which was really a 'private' car with a guide and driver to take us to the floating market then back to the hotel. While at the market, you have to pay more if you want to go in one of the boats for a 30 min I think ride round the rivers. I dont think it was very much money, but felt that should have been included in the price of tour. On the way to the floating market we had an unexpected stopped at a tourist place, where they were showing how coconuts are used to make oil and other different things as well as quiet a big shop with some very nice stuff like bags, necklaces, nic nacs etc and an orchid nursery.
In short, definitely visit the floating markets and shop but check out the price and whats included
The guide was fantastic and the trip is spectacular!
I know others say it's a tourist trap, perhaps more expensive goods, but we had a wonderful time and had fun bargaining with the locals. If you don't like bargaining then perhaps this isn't the place for you to buy things. Overall we did the private tour and it was great! We told them we had a reservation elsewhere at 2 and they got us back to our hotel by 1pm, which was great. Picked up in sedan with good tour guide. We only stopped once briefly at an orchid farm which was pretty, only 10 min stop and then moved on the floating market. Long boat tour is included and we really enjoyed this part, but tour around the market in a private boat was I think 600 Baht extra. It's worth it. There is no pressure to buy and all the vendors were nice and just let us look at their goods. I really liked the experience overall and since the tour ends with you back in Bangkok by 1 we had a good time. Private tour is preferred since you can adjust the plans for the day as you want and do as many or as little stops.
The private tour of the floating market was so much fun. We had the option to pick and choose our itinerary and so the day was ours. Great guide, comfortable, large and well air conditioned car. Lots of cold water! Tried sticky rice and mango for the 1st time. Loved it!
Boaz Z Israel
excellent, the instructor's english wasn't the best, but we've enjoyed it anyway
perfect trip and patient guide! worth the price!
It was a very good experience. Our guide Mr. Noi was a very informative and pleasent person. Our driver lady was very nice. Thanks a lot.
fab - our guide was really good - markets excellent and enjoyed the elephant trek too
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