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This private tour of the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak offers travelers an up close look at everyday life on Thai waters. Follow your guide along the backwaters of Bangkok canals on a motorized boat and check out the local vendors selling fresh produce, souvenirs and handmade sweets from their traditional canoes. This one-of-a-kind-experience is perfect for the traveler looking to get off the city streets and sample a bit of the culture and character this popular destination has to offer.

Highlights

  • Your own private guide
  • See the popular Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets in the Ratchaburi province of Thailand
  • Take a ride on a traditional long-tailed boat along the narrow canals
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Enjoy a private day tour of the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak and get a behind the scenes look at rural life that lies beyond Bangkok. Your expert guide will travel with you some 64 miles (104 kilometers) southwest of Bangkok, where you’ll board a long-tailed speedboat and take a thrilling ride through picturesque marshes doted with traditional stilt houses en route to the markets. Your friendly guide will answer all of your questions and share stories and insight into local life for people on the water.
Opt to get a closer look at the markets on a local boat (optional extra) through the network of canoes, piled high with fresh, vibrant produce. Be advised that since the markets are a popular stop for travelers looking to spend a day outside the city, some of the items for sale by local vendors may not seem authentically Thai, and instead geared towards out-of-towners.

Customer Reviews

Victoria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This trip was really great because of Shannon. Highly recommend him. The drive from Bangkok does seem a bit long but Shannon entertains you the whole way and gave us terrific suggestions regarding things to do in Thailand. There's a great boat ride into the floating markets which is a very interesting way to approach the market as opposed to by car. Shannon made sure we experienced the market visually by taking us on a very complete walk through both sides - getting us snacks and suggesting experiences we may have overlooked. Make sure you do the boat ride through the market itself - even if you have no intention in purchasing anything the boat ride is the highlight of the market itself. P.S. if you are a foodie and watch Anthony Bourdain the vendor who makes the noodles still is there. We didn't have the noodles because we had just finished huge coconut ice cream sundaes - but if you find a coffee/ice cream shop if your on the bridge overlooking the market facing the main parking lot its on your left the soup/noodle lady is behind the store. Look for cement stools - permanent tables and a lot of locals.

jessica_shaw

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very nice trip. The boat ride to floating market was relaxing.

Sharon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

On our drive to the floating markets, our tour guide, Krit, was very knowledgeable about the history of Thailand and made sure that before we purchased anything...bargain, bargain, bargain! Very enlightening experience at the markets!

hem.jain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Must see for everyone. The tour was well organized. We were picked up on time at our hotel. The tour guide was extremely friendly. Highly recommend it. Be prepared to pay double price for all items here, but its worth it considering that some unique items can be found here like bags that you don't get elsewhere in Bangkok.

hem.jain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Must see for everyone. The tour was well organized. We were picked up on time at our hotel. The tour guide was extremely friendly. Highly recommend it. Be prepared to pay double price for all items here, but its worth it considering that some unique items can be found here like bags that you don't get elsewhere in Bangkok.

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets with Pearl was fabulous. We had a wonderful time and Pearl was knowledgeable and very fluent in English. Not only did she provide us with information throughout our trip, but she also gave us insider tips for the rest of our day to help us see everything we wanted as quickly as possible as we only had one day to spend in Bangkok. There was a lot of time spent in travel, but Pearl filled that time by answering our questions and giving us lots of new knowledge!

Nelson N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very good tour with a very helpful guide.
The floating market is a really interesting place where you can taste really thay typical food and buy some handmade lovely suveneirs. Just loved the place. Get there soon because it gets really crowded.

Louise.Howard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great experience. Early pick up from the doorstep of the hotel a approx 1hr drive to the location. Coconut farm stop on the way which was good then the markets. The long boat experience was brilliant and it was great having the private option just for the four of us. We would highly recommend the add on option of the row boat in the markets 150thb extra per person as this was the highlight! Otherwise you are just walking above the markets instead of being immersed with the boats. Brilliant experience and highlight of our Bangkok trip :-

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Collected at 0700 in a nice van pleanty of room for 4 adults, guide and driver
On the way we stopped off at a sugar palm plantation/orhid farm as its a pvt tour we didnt have to but we did for a quick look round toilet break and drink for 20 to 30 mins
Its then only about 20 mins further until you get dropped off for your long tail boat ride to the market this was very enjoyable and you could see how people live by the canals
Once at the market you have about an hour to look around and you can pay extra to be paddled around the market in another small boat we didn't do this but could still buy food etc that they cook on the boats from the shore with things being passed up and about on the paddles there are also a load of stalls on land to walk about
Yes the market is geared up for tourist but it is still busy and enjoyable
We got back to Bangkok at about 1300 and asked to be dropped off at the palace instead of the hotel so we could carry straight on sightseeing and this was no problem all in all a very enjoyable trip and one I would recommend to friends and family

Roberta B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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.

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