The Damnoen Saduak floating market is one of the most popular sites to see in Thailand, and for good reason! Some call this area the Venice of the East, where vendors sell their goods from boats and stalls set up along the water’s edge of this unique market.
In the mid-1800s, to help locals journeying between towns, Thai King Rama IV and his son, King Rama V, commissioned a 32-kilometre canal connecting two rivers together: the Mae Krong river and Tha Cheen River. The name of this man-made canal is Damnoen Saduak, which means “convenience journey” in Thai.
You’ll start your tour with a drive by private vehicle to the railway market, about two hours from Bangkok. Please be on time for your tour! We’ll need to leave at 6am sharp or you’ll miss the excitement at the surreal railway market. And trust us, you need to see it to believe it! Vendors set up their goods along active railway tracks, with fresh produce, fabrics, cooking supplies and more all lined up a mere few inches from the track’s edge (and in some cases, right on top of the tracks). You’ll get to see what happens when the train comes through: vendors gather up their things and lower their canopies, and both vendors and shoppers step aside as the train travels right through the middle of the market. Once the train leaves, business resumes as though nothing had disrupted them! Between the train schedule, your guide will lead you around the market and introduce you to traditional Thai foods, from desserts to snacks to fresh fruits. Don’t be shy — be sure to try a taste of the market.
We’ll then continue on a short drive to a palm sugar plantation, where we’ll visit the house of a villager who still makes palm sugar the traditional way. There are a lot of coconut palm tree plantations in Thailand, and the local wisdom of making organic palm sugar from the nectar of coconut flowers has been passed down from generation to generation.
Onward, we’ll board a small boat for a ride through narrow village canals, to reach the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak — keep your camera ready as this place is a non-stop photo op. If anything catches your eye along your boat ride, let your guide know and you can stop to chat with vendors and purchase something to take home (or to eat right there!).
We’ll then depart the boat and walk around to explore more of the market. You’ll find a variety of Thai foods, such as seasonal tropical fruits from local orchards, as well as souvenirs, all available on both river banks.
Around noon, we’ll head back to Bangkok. If you wish, you can get off at a BTS Sky Train station, or we can return you to the meeting point. Your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodations or to other sites you should see.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, private transportation during the tour, boat ride, light snacks.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver.
Dress standard: Please dress casually and comfortably for walking.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point and you must be punctual. We can wait for you no longer than 5 minutes. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: You must arrive at the meeting point ON TIME. Due to the train schedule at the Railway Market, we will not be able to wait longer than 5 minutes. We recommend aiming to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
Closure of sites: If the Damnoen Saduak floating market is closed, we can visit an alternate floating market such as Tha Kha.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.