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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Guided Day Tour

2. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Guided Day Tour

Join this fantastic day trip and discover Maeklong Railway Market, the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and Ayutthaya Historical Park in just one day. Explore each iconic destination with a local guide who will provide fascinating insights and local experiences. Visit the famous Maeklong Railway Market, located along the railroad tracks, and learn about the products from your local guide. Marvel at how the market stalls are pulled back from the tracks each time a train approaches. Stop at a traditional Thai house and watch the locals make brown coconut sugar. Then, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with plenty of time to stroll through the colorful market. After lunch, explore the temple ruins of Ayutthaya. Marvel at the reclining Buddha image at Wat Lokayasutha. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya before returning to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

3. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

Depart from Bangkok in the morning and head to Ratchaburi Province, home of the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Along the way, make a quick stop to visit a traditional Thai house, where you can see locals making palm sugar. Explore the house and its surrounding area, which is home to many different animals living on the coconut plantation. Continue your trip by boarding a paddle boat for a ride along narrow canals to the floating market. See the local houses lining the canals and take a quick glance at their way of living, while you pass by.  Once you arrive at the market, see the amazing array of vendors in their boats selling fresh products, from fruits and vegetables to prepared dishes. Explore the floating market at your leisure for about an hour and take time to try some authentic Thai foods, such as Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, Boat Noodles or Coconut Ice Cream sold along the canal.  Meet up with your guide to head back to the meeting point in Bangkok, where you will arrive between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM. 

Bangkok: Maeklong Railway & Amphawa Floating Market Day Trip

4. Bangkok: Maeklong Railway & Amphawa Floating Market Day Trip

The markets of Thailand are some of the country’s most quintessential experiences; they give you a lively peek inside the more traditional culture of a country that often lives by water (or in this case, by the railroad tracks as well). On this full-day guided tour, you'll be taken to the most iconic markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, ending with a relaxing firefly boat tour to wind down from the day’s excitement. Maeklong Train Market is a fresh market situated right by a well-worn railroad. Watch the vendors expertly close and open their awnings to make room as the trains pass by. Wat Bang Kung is a striking Buddhist temple engulfed by the roots of a massive Banyan Tree. Learn about its bloody battle history and see the Golden Buddha inside. Located on the Amphawa canal, the Amphawa Floating Market is one of Thailand's more popular floating markets. Visit this riverside market and see vendors selling delicious treats like sweets and seafood, or browse some of the shophouses and restaurants. After sunset, when the lights have dimmed, you'll wind down with a relaxing river cruise. Your boat will take you a little further out where it is dark enough to see the fireflies, before heading back to your accommodations at 9:00 PM, ending a day of simple pleasures and tastes with the comforting sight of these lightning bugs.

Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak, Train Market & Mahanakhon Day Trip

5. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak, Train Market & Mahanakhon Day Trip

Start your tour by meeting your fluent English-speaking tour guide at the meeting point in downtown Bangkok by 09:00 AM. After boarding a fully air-conditioned coach, head for about 1.5 hours to Ban Ka Long Train Station. From there, you'll have the chance to take the local train into Maeklong Railway Market itself, led by the tour guide. After exploring the market, take a paddle boat to sail through the canals and enter into Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Here, you'll be provided enough leisure time to wander around the many local shops inside the market. Try local Thai delicacies such as Pad Thai, mango sticky rice, boat noodles, tropical fruits, and more. Next, hop on your return transfer to Bangkok and be dropped off at King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Thailand and an iconic architectural landmark. Receive your full entrance pass, then soak up panoramic views of Bangkok from a 314-meter (1,030-foot) high skywalk. Look down through the glass, if you dare.

From Bangkok: Markets and Ayutthaya with spanish guide

6. From Bangkok: Markets and Ayutthaya with spanish guide

Travel to some of the hottest sights outside of Bankok on this day trip in an airconditioned vehicle. See the train pass at the Maeklong Railway Market, take a longtail boat to the Floating market, and visit the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya to visit ancient ruins. Begin at the meeting point for those on the group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok early in the morning and head out on the journey to the Maeklong Railway Market. Explore the market with your Spanish-speaking guide, mingle with the locals going about their day and wait for the iconic moment when the local train passes through. Board a longtail boat next and sail to the fascinating Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Spend an hour exploring this unique location and marvel at the locals selling their produce from paddleboats. Shop for snacks, souvenirs, and handcrafts. Don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya and stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including the Wat Mahathat, which is enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, and the impressive Wat Chai Wattanaram. Return to your starting point in Bangkok in the evening aproximately between 19:00 to 21:00pm depending on the traffic jump.

Bangkok: Floating & Railway Market Guided Tour and Iconsiam

7. Bangkok: Floating & Railway Market Guided Tour and Iconsiam

Explore Thailand's world-famous markets on this city tour. Visit the town of Mae Klong and discover local products and goods at its popular railway market. Then, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can taste and shop for local food. After meeting your guide, leave the city of Bangkok and travel by road until you reach the small town of Mae Klong. There, you get to explore the railway market. This traditional market is a spectacle visited by both locals and tourists. Witness how the stands selling local products are set up and dismantled at each train pass and be acquainted with the market's hustle and bustle and its different aromas. Have an unforgettable experience as you wait for the train to pass before browsing through a variety of local products. Next, continue your journey to the Thai province of Ratchaburi to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Take a typical long-tail boat to go to the market and sail along the canals. See how locals buy and sell from boat to boat. You can also shop for spices, fruits and vegetables, crafts, and souvenirs. Then, enjoy some free time to walk through the town's narrow streets, taste local products, and observe people's lifestyles before returning to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

8. From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

Experience the diversity of Thai life by visiting 2 vibrant markets and 2 farms in Samut Songkhram. You'll have a chance to shop by boat and visit floating stalls, then get back on land to learn hands-on coconut and salt farming skills from locals.  Meet your guide at your hotel to set off for your first excursion of the day, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located on Thailand’s longest canal.  Visit vendors and sample Thai foods, such as sweet mango on sticky rice, freshly made coconut ice cream, and Thai-style boat noodles as you tour the market by longtail boat. Learn about the history of this 100-year-old tradition of selling goods on the water.  Continue exploring, making your way to Mae Klong Railway Market, where vendors set up shop alongside the train tracks, selling everything from dried spices and durian fruit to seafood and meats. Since 1905, the trains and vendors have co-existed: the train signals and people rush to remove their stalls, earning this spot the nickname, "umbrella pull-down market.” This vibrant activity takes place several times a day. Next up is a quieter scene at a nearby coconut sugar farm. Learn how Thai farmers produce coconut nectar: watch a demonstration of the liquid being boiled and pasteurized. Take part in a mini-workshop where you get to stir the nectar as it pasteurizes to become a drinkable delicacy.  Spend the last of your day trip at a field where sea salt is produced. Discover this fascinating type of saltwater farming, watching the farmer harness the strength of sunlight and wind. Join a short salt-rubbing workshop, then snap some photos before being taken back to your hotel. Explore Thailand more after the tour, with an augmented reality (AR) app (download instructions received after booking on confirmation voucher). Use your smartphone to access this interactive experience where the real world is enhanced by technology.

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

9. Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

Spend a day discovering some of the best markets and temples that Bangkok has to offer. Enjoy a combination of local culture, sightseeing, and food tastings. First, visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Called "Talat Rom Hup" which roughly means "umbrella pulldown market", watch the vendors scramble to pack up their stalls when a train goes by along the track that runs through the market. Explore and hopefully see the train pass before making way to the next stop, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover one of the more famous floating markets in the city, which is made up of a network of narrow canals dotted with vendors paddling their boats filled with their wares. From local produce to souvenir items, take in the organized chaos on the river before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant, at your own expense. After indulging in a variety of tasty Thai foods, set off to visit Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is one of the country’s most sacred temples. Take in the tranquil and spiritual environment before making your way to the Grand Palace. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and numerous images here, once home to the Thai royal family up until the early 1900s.

Maeklong Railway Market 5 hours Tour

10. Maeklong Railway Market 5 hours Tour

Start your day meeting a group of people at River City Bangkok at 8:00 AM. From here, you will board your comfortable, air-conditioned van and drive about 1.5 hour to Maeklong Railway Market Wonder at the intricacies of this market, its workings and people. This market is nicknamed Talat Rom Hup in Thai which means the "umbrella pulldown market". It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand, and is centered on the Maeklong Railway track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed. Afterwards, get transferred back to Bangkok ( MBK Mall ) around 1 PM.

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based on 4 reviews

We had a lovely time with our young family, I was initially concerned it may not be suitable for my 2 year old and 3 year old girls but they loved the train ride and sitting on the boat in the floating market soaking all the new experiences . We had a great time. It would have had been nice to explore some of the stalls at the railway and floating market but we didn’t have much time, so this trip is less about shopping and more just taking everything in. Lucky our guide was great! She was very knowledgeable and looked after us well. She spoilt our little girls with coconut ice cream which they loved. Thanks again!!

Unreal!!! What an amazing day. I would highly recommend getting a private tour guide for this special experience. We visited the salt flats, took the train into the heart of the 1st market, and saw the intimate details of how the stall owners have to work around life on the train tracks. For the 2nd market, we had a private long tail boat take us to the heart of the market where we had the option to buy food, beer, souvenirs - all from our boat. This is a must do if you’re visiting Bangkok. Special shout out to our amazing guide, Siri.

If you are thinking of booking this trip just book it! brilliant way to see so much in one day outside of the business of the city! special mention to our tour guide Theravadh(Wat) and his driver, both were excellent at their jobs and Wat is such a friendly, and funny man who made the experience so much more enjoyable! the whole tour is amazing, beautiful spots to visit and is a must on a Bangkok trip if you want to see something different! would definitely recommend.

Katy was our guide and she was SO CUTE. She was so knowledgable and chirpy the whole entire trip. This was one of the key highlights in Bangkok - what a unique experience! Totally recommend

The day trip to the rail market and then to the loating market was a real travel experience