Maak een tour om een glimp op te vangen van het dagelijks leven op het water in Thailand. Vaar door de grachten van Bangkok in een smalle, lange en gemotoriseerde boot naar de drijvende markt van Damnoen Saduak, waar u lokale leveranciers ziet in hun Thaise kano's boordevol kleurrijk fruit en groente, die op behendige wijze door de grachten varen op zoek naar kopers.
Floating market was quite touristy but nonetheless a very worthwhile visit to something quite unique and novel. Getting there speeding down a canal in a long tail boat was really exciting. We then had to pay a little extra to take a smaller row boat around the market itself. although we bartered on the price offer one-third asking price and settled for half we still found same items a quarter of the price in Chiang Mai walking street market a couple days later. But hey ho it was a really fun experience. Stopping at the orchid farm on the way on the way could have been missed - essentially a large and expensive souvenir shop although it was interesting to see all the things they make from coconuts. Our guide was fun and jolly but didn't really tell us much about the floating market, settling instead just to chaperone us around. Guide arrived promptly at 8am and we were back at hotel Lebua State Towers in central Bangkok for around 4pm. Journey time each way around 1 hour. Very interesting and novel day out which I'd recommend.
I highly recommend doing the private tour! Pearl, our guide, was funny and very knowledgeable about everything. Her accent was a bit thick but she will still make you laugh.
Hotel pickup was prompt and the drive out is about 1-1:15 hrs. We went on a Sunday so traffic was quite light. From there, we did the optional boat to shop around 600 baht, which is so worth it even though we didn't even buy anything.
This trip is quite the trek but it was the BEST part of Bangkok for us!
Our guide came 1 hour late... she told me on the phone the previous day that she might be 20mn late but will try her best to be on time, but after all she had a full hour delay on the tour day and after that she was rushing us during the floating market and did not allow us to visit the shops we wanted to because it seemed that our driver had another appointment he had to go to... so we start 1 hour late, but we need to finish earlier???
but then after getting in the car she kept on pushing to take us to an elephant ride?? so we did not have the time for the market but we had time for the elephant ride? and of course the elephant ride required additional fees... we just declined and went back to our hotel
Would have been much better to do a group tour for less money. Instead of providing us with an in-depth history and discussion about the floating markets and th surrounding areas, our personal tour guideopted to nap instead. No joke - he slept most of the way there and pretty much all of the way back, with my fiancée and I sitting in the backseat wondering where we were and what we were seeing. Even the driver nudged him awake a few times only for him to return to his state of slumber. Upon our arrival to the market, he essentially left us to go and eat at every opportunity, giving us virtually no insight as to what we were seeing. He was not so much a tour guide as he was a mediocre usher. We are giving it one star simply because we got to and from the floating market safely, got to ride on a boat through the market, and our guidewas at least friendly when he was awake - otherwise it would have been zero stars.
We had a wonderful time on this private tour. Jeerawat was an excellent guide with a good command of English. He was happy to show us what we wanted to see and we ended the tour feeling we got more than our money's worth. Pro tip: Definitely opt for a private paddle boat once at the market. It is worth the extra baht.
We took the private floating market tour in October and while I was pleased with our driver and transportation to and from our hotel, the actual markets were disappointing. We had to pay an additional fee to take the boats around the market and the markets were stalls and not actual boats. My daughter went to the floating markets in September and did not take a tour and had a better experience.
Our guide spoke excellent English and as this was a private tour we saw the elephant camp as well as a stop at the coconut sugar factory (toilets were very basic!) We had a speedboat to the market pier and longboat on the canal (extra £), very busy but an amazing experience, be prepared to haggle!