This fun private day trip from Bangkok takes you southwest of the city to the highlights of Samut Songkhram and Ratchaburi province. After approximately 1½ hours driving from Bangkok we arrive at the unusual Maeklong railway market, a market situated on railway track (known as "Talad Romhoop" or "market with closed umbrellas" among the locals). Watch merchants quickly fold their stall covers and move their products away from the tracks when the train is arriving. Then, see them skillfully roll tables and baskets back into position in seconds to resume their business after the train leaves.
We then visit the popular Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi province. This very old floating market is where villagers came to buy and sell their farm produce. It is open daily and in present days it is mainly visited by tourists, many of the boats are used to sell souvenirs. The market came about after a manmade canal was dug in the reign of King Rama IV to facilitate transportation by boats in the area. This canal was later named Damnoen Saduak, meaning "convenient travel". Highlight of this market is the variety of local snacks, tropical fruits, and the famous "boat noodles".
Along the way we visit a coconut sugar farm as well.
When possible we also visit Tha Kha floating market, one of the hidden gems around Bangkok. It is highly recommended to plan your tour for the weekend as then this market is open. An authentic floating market that has served the local community for 30 years. Originally, the market was where fishermen and farmers came to exchange their goods. After the trip to the market, we will go on a rowing boat and explore the beautiful countryside around this market.
The included boat tour is done at Tha Kha when we visit all 3 markets, when visiting 2 markets it will be done at Damnoen Saduak.
We will pass salt farms on the way to the markets and can make a stop when possible. Do note that salt harvesting is seasonal and is best seen during dry season (Feb - May).
This private tour from Bangkok is organised exclusively for you, no others will join. You will be in trusted hands with our professional driver and English speaking licensed tour guide.
This tour is offered without a full lunch, we do include several snacks, tropical fruits, and delicious noodle soup. If you like to enjoy a nice lunch, then please have a look at our Floating markets and Bangkok tour or Markets and Tham Khao Bin cave tour.