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Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand

By Bigcountry Vacation
Recommended by 93% of travellers
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Visit two of Bangkok's most unusual markets safely and easily on this small-group shopping trip. See the “disappearing” Maeklong Railway Market on a working train track, and buy fresh produce from a Thai long-tail boat at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Learn about marketing etiquette and traditions from a guide so you can shop with confidence.
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S$40.34
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
S$40.34
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 3-99, max of 15 per group
Duration:6h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Reach two famous Bangkok markets without the hassle of public transit
  • Learn how to shop like a local with the help of a guide
  • Watch as a train cuts through the Maeklong Railway Market
  • Cruise among the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in a boat

  • Round trip transportation
  • Paddle boat
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
  • Entry/Admission - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
What's not included
  • Lunch


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We offer one way hotel pick-up ( optional ) within the appended list of hotels in Bangkok at the time of check-out on TripAdvisor. If your hotel is not included, please inform us prior to the start of the tour. Thank you!
  • River City BANGKOK, 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand River City Bangkok, The Anchor of Arts & Antiques is a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand. It is on the Chao Phraya River on the Si Phraya Pier near many large hotels. It is accessible by car or boat.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Drop off at MBK Center , easy to connect to BTS (Sky train)

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8374P24

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand?
How much is Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand?
Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand price starts from S$40.17. Discover and book Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand on Tripadvisor
What is the Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand cancellation policy?
Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand?
Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand is hosted by Bigcountry Vacation. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Bigcountry Vacation on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8374P24

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    River City BANGKOK
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    MBK Center
    444 Phaya Thai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
    Drop off at MBK Center , easy to connect to BTS (Sky train)
    See address & details
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Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

B6335XKgraceb
B6335XKgraceb
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Nice half day tour
We had a wonderful time exploring the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Our tour guide was nice and explained some history
DampierreBrowns
DampierreBrowns
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Great day out, spoiled by a rickety old bus
A great historical tour, by a knowledgeable guide which we enjoyed. However the bus was freezing cold first thing a
niteshs
niteshs
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Definitely highly recommended
This was a really well planned trip with our guide. It was a super hot day and the guide tried to find shady spots
helenah1993
helenah1993
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Ayutthaya day tour
Great way to see Ayutthaya for half a day! Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind, even providing us with some e
SaraZXY
SaraZXY
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Cultural experience with good company
Bom, our guide, she was amazing as well as our driver Superman!! We learned so much and had so much fun!
acbor
acbor
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Good value for money
Great value for money. The pickup and timing worked perfect. Bus was very comfortable and guide was very accommodat
C6032PCignaciog
C6032PCignaciog
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Thanks Sam
Had good craic with uncle Sam! Thanks for the awesome trip. Saw some highlights of Ayutthaya and loved it
MeanVa
MeanVa
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Totally worth it!
Just wanted to say, what a GREAT guy Sam is! He made the tour so memorable. He is knowledgeable, funny and taught u
marinakF2410YF
marinakF2410YF
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Truly underwhelming
One of the worst trips we have taken in a while! The “guide” was awful: provided very little information about the
326smitab
326smitab
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Good Value Trip
This trip was good value. We were taken to all main sites in Ayutthaya and after a brief talk by Victor we were giv
sarapoeta
sarapoeta
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Very nice experience!
Great experience! Our guide and driver were very nice! We were about 10people, the van was comfortable, they provid
Luan2112
Luan2112
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So good to be there again
My wife & I came this historic town few times & we really enjoyed this trip ( the best trip) to Ayutthaya with Unc
lapachamamanz
lapachamamanz
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A wonderful day trip to Ayutthaya!
This was a brilliantly organised tour to Ayutthaya, I highly recommend to anyone looking for a side trip from Bangk
deetourz
deetourz
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Best way to see ancient Ayutthaya- an absolute must!
Best excursion and deal near Bangkok! Ayutthaya is a must see and this tour company is excellent! Knowledgeable sta
Zhijie H
Zhijie H
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It was a great half day trip,strongly recommended.
The guide uncle Sam is very nice and well knowledged.he arranged everything for this trip.really appreciated for ha
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Aatique
Islamabad, Pakistan11 contributions
Oct 2022
This was a very well organized tour. Pat, our guide, was very informative of all the places, route, history, culture and specific guidance also for foreign tourists. Especially, her tips about cultural practices, sensitivities, foods and shopping guidance on the tour were excellent. Not just a tour guide, but she is an accomplished photographer as well!
Maeklong Railway Market is definitely a unique place and experience. The tour ensured that our timing was excellent, so that in a short span of time, we experienced both arriving in the train itself with view from inside, and also the view from outside as the trian left the station and passed through the market again. While, in between, we experienced the market, which still is an authentic and locally fully functional place.
Damnoen Saduak floating market, as rightly pointed out by many, has now become almost fully geared towards visiting tourists, mostly with food, merchandise and souveniers. There remain few locally relevant vegetable and merchandize sellers etc. That being the case, I would still highly recommend the place, as it still is again a very unique experience for visitors from other parts of the globe, esp if one has not visited any other floating markets before.
Written 26 October 2022
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Matt
Hertford, UK2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a great experience! I highly rate this company. Pickup and drop off is super central at River City next to the Sheraton Royal Orchid. The tour lasted 6 hours door to door in a high quality minibus with just 12 passengers, good AC and a charming and funny local (English speaking) guide. The railway market is totally crazy and an absolute must see when in Bangkok. On this tour you actually enter the market on the train and then watch it leave from the side of the track which is when all the craziness begins. The floating market is also a lot of fun and includes a 30 minute boat ride which is ample time to soak up the sights and sounds. You have many options for tours in Bangkok but I would definitely recommend Big Country, at just 1k TB per person (including the train & boat ride) this is really great value. We booked with a lovely lady called Oh who coordinated everything seamlessly. 5 BIG stars.
Written 14 July 2022
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Cassandra Townsend
22 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was awesome. My husband and I (Americans living in Japan for the last 3 years) did this tour JUN2022.

The bus ride was probably an hour and a half each way; we’d never have ventured that far without a tour. Then you see the railway market from ON the train. When the train stops at the market, you disembark and then get to take all of your pictures when the train leaves so you get the best of both worlds. Our tour guide was attentive to everything including telling us where to sit on the train so that we would get the best pictures. When you disembark from the train, he takes your picture at the back of the train and then takes your picture with the train coming straight toward you as it leaves. He even shows you the best spots to stand so that you get good pictures as the train departs.

Then you head over to the floating market. He gives you all of the tips about the best foods and buying from the vendors. You can have lunch here for very cheap and the food was great. My husband and I got fried rice, pad Thai, mango with sticky rice and a Thai tea. After the boat ride through the market and lunch, you still have more time for shopping at the floating market if you’d like. Culturally, the Thai are a little pushy with sales so be sure to master the, “no thank you,” and be cautious about expressing interest in products that you would normally just comment on but do not intend to buy. If you have the flexibility, the floating market tour is best on Sundays because the Thai people are not at work and so it is more bustling. If you are specifically trying to avoid the crowds, we went on a Thursday and it was only pleasantly active.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and spent a good portion of the bus ride giving us pearls of wisdom. For example, in Thailand educational systems, English is compulsory (so it is highly likely the vendor understands your English). He was very approachable and answered all of our questions. He herded cats well, learned our names, and I felt very taken care of the entire time. This was a really awesome experience from Bangkok where I had to do virtually no planning because everything was taken care of for us. Oh, and our pictures look way better than the sample one for this tour! He takes you to places that are less crowded so you get better pictures.

Highly recommend.
Written 23 June 2022
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Paul L
1 contribution
One of the main reasons for booking this tour was to spend time exploring the railway market. However we spent 15 min in the market, yup that’s right I flew across the world for 15 minutes. Ok that’s a little over the top, but you get point. We did however spend 45 minutes at roadside gas station / truck stop food court so maybe the tour should have been labeled truck stop and brief tour of train market.

Part of the reason for truck stop was the guide, who was very nice and knowledgeable, has us ride the train into the market which was cool and an appreciated that experience, however logistically this should have planned better. We could have arrived at the market first, give us the hour to explore and maybe take the train out of the market for a stop to two. The truck stop and “lunch break” at the floating market accounted for the majority of the trip. The floating market was about 40 min or so.

Now let’s talk about the floating market, this one is totally commercialized for tourism. Instead of walking between vendors on the street with exactly the fare for sale, now you go in a boat and see the same stuff. All that being said It is nice to be out on the water.

Who is this tour for, well since I like cultural experiences, this is defiantly not for me. If your looking for off the beaten track, nope. If your looking for new products, hand made crafts etc …. Nope. If a day trip with family is on the agenda sure. If your looking just to “check it out” on a surface level then yup good trip for you. If your a photographer looking for market shots or a traveler who wants to get a good flavor of the area, forget about it, hire a driver and come yourself.

If you happen to have any significant mobility issues I would also steer you away from this tour. Getting on and off the train will be an issue. Also the train market is narrow around the tracks but it does extend further inwards from the tracks. Just so y’a know there are a ton on tourists there and they tend congregate along the train track.

For many this will be a nice escape day from Bangkok and an ok but not an overly memorable experience. I honestly know it take a lot to plan out a day tour, but I really cannot recommend this one.
Written 14 August 2022
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catasanchez4
Bogota, Colombia3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
I had to cancel the tour right when the guide picked me up because the tour says its half day BUT they only tell you you would come back to the city by 4 pm more or less depending on traffic, which is aweful (the tour is OUTSIDE Bangkok city).
I had some other activities planned thinking that by 1 pm (a real half day tour), we would have finished. The description of the tour is poorly done, fake publicity, so beware of this prior booking and making other arrangements for your ‘rest of half day’.
I did go to the floating market by myself that same day afternoon and its a trap for tourists. Many things closed along the river, it looks a little bit dead and sad. Plus, a little expensive!
Written 30 November 2022
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Isabelle
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
Sarah was a wonderful and enthusiastic guide who helped answer all of our questions. She made sure everyone was accounted for at all times and we felt exceptionally comfortable the whole time. We definitely recommend this tour and it is well worth it to have a knowledgeable local guide.
Written 18 July 2022
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Dufftheotter
4 contributions
They are very punctual. Suzy was our guide and was very informative. Buys everyone snacks and makes sure everyone is having a great time. During the train ride I watched her collect the whole group so they could have the best seat in the back of the train for the market view. Some people complained it wasn’t enough time at each location, but I thought it was just the right amount of time. The Thai food you order through her is absolutely delicious. I also recommend her friends shop. Just tell her you’re with Suzy and no need to haggle. She gave amazing prices. Also, she try’s her best to take pictures of her group and air drops them to you later, which is supper sweet.
Written 21 October 2022
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bkthar63
London, UK21 contributions
The railway market tour part of the day was a unique , enjoyable and authentic experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful throughout. The floating market element of the tour was more like a performance put on for the tourists with no signs of local Thai people doing their shopping there. However, overall it is a tour worth doing just for the railway market element and would recommend if you are looking for something a little bit different.
Written 11 November 2022
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Luke W
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Couples
Sara is wonderful and fun!! Loved the day trip as it was smooth and entertaining. She knew the shortcut pathways in the busy train market. When the heavy traffic made us miss the train, she took us one stop ahead and we got on the train while many other tourist groups missed it. Worth it.
Written 3 December 2022
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Catherine S
Istanbul, Türkiye9 contributions
Nov 2022
Victor was very friendly and the tour was well-run. I loved going to both markets even if the railway one was quick. Everything happened so fast at the railway market that I didn't get all the pictures and footage that I would have liked (like seeing the shopkeepers put away everything quickly). That's not the tour guide's problem though - I just didn't expect everything to go so quickly and got distracted by vendors selling drinks while the train was coming. So just a heads up to everyone going, start recording and taking pictures as soon as you stop and wait because the train will come very quickly. The lunch was also delicious and I appreciate how instead of doing the boat tour first, things were switched around for us to have lunch first as it was heavily raining.
Written 16 November 2022
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