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Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand
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Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand

By Bigcountry Vacation
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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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Ages 3-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English
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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

  • Transportation
  • Paddle boat
  • English speaking guide
  • German Speaking Guide ( German option / Shared bus with English )
  • Japanese Speaking Guide ( Japanese option / Shared bus with English )
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Mae Klong Railway Market (Hoop Rom Market)
  • Entry/Admission - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
What's not included
  • Lunch


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 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.
Pickup details
  • 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!
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:
    • MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, 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.

    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

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      Absolutely recommendable. The tour is very well organized and we had an excellent knowledgeable guide (Luke). The tour visits four of the major sites in Ayutthaya and leaves you enough time to explore each of them on your own after a thorough introduction. We also learned a lot about Thai history and Thailand in general from the guide. Lunch was also surprisingly good, so overall this tour is a 5 out of 5.
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      Not happy with the tour
      This tour was not as presented English tour guide did not speak English well - we could not understand anything he said. It was not a good trip for us. He arrived 20 minutes late.
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      AJ was an amazing tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and took good care of our group. The driver was also very friendly. This tour is such great value for money and I had an amazing time. I would definitely recommend it. Thank you!
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      Being picked up sharp from hotel lobby and was dropped off at their main office whilst waiting for other tourists to join We had 11 people in the group in total and the car used was comfortable, although the air con was not strong First we headed to the train market was given sufficient time to look around before the train comes. Next is the floating market with bait ride the market itself was a disappointing glad we didn’t spend a lot of time here Next drive 1.5 hr to Ayutthaya first we went for lunch it was very typical Thai food, before going to the ruins and had a 2 hour tour at the Bueng Phra Ram Park, the reclining Buddha and Wat Chaiwatthanaram Dropped off at MBK at 1800
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      The tour was educational and good value for the cost. The floating market itself, I find, is very commercial and geared for tourists.
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    Codrut Ilie
    Popesti Leordeni, Romania1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sara shared with us all the important sites we passed by. She also answered all our questions. Very good english. For people thst travel for the first time in Thailand if you choose this trip, make a list of what you would like to buy and ask your tour guide for a resonable price to pay. There are no prices exposed and you have to negociate for everything. I wanted to buy 10 magnets (fridge magnets) and sellers first price was 4000 bth. I negociated to 1000 bth/ 30 Euro (I still wander if I made the best decision buying from the floating maket). Ovrerall was a great experience.
    Written 5 February 2020
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    Nancy G
    Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    This is a definitely something you want to see and experience. Our tour guide "Abby" was friendly and explained the sights really well. We had a tour in the train and later got to see the market stall owners quickly pack their goods away before the train returns. I did not enjoy the seafood and fresh meat markets as i am skirmish for strong fish smells and the sight or blood. This is not something i recommend for those with a sensitive smell and gut. The Floating market however was much more pleasant and i managed to get lots of gifts at great prices. I would certainly visit this market again!
    Written 17 January 2020
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    MichaelKa83
    London, UK29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip started at 6.30 am.
    Sara and the driver picked us up from the tour agency.
    Sara is brilliant, knowledgeable, caring and with great sense of humor.
    She took us by bus to first train station (and pee pee island), then by the train to the first marker, where we were able to see the train departing and all the related commotion. Then Floating market which started with "James Bond" boat trip to the market itself, then half an hour in paddle boat.
    Great experience, unforgettable moments.
    With Sara everything went as planned.
    Thank you Sara
    Kap kun kap
    Written 22 January 2020
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    Sunny S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    Best tour we’ve done in Thailand! Our tour guide was by far the best we’ve had so far…Knowledgeable and funny. Started off on the train to the station. When you arrive in, it’s a funny situation where the tourists on the train are filming or high fiving the tourists on the platform! Once the train stops there is a quick tour of market before getting into position to be the tourist of the platform. After that, we transfer to the floating market. Again, the guide gave advice of how to barter should you wish to purchase anything.
    Both tours are very economical as the floating markets are known to be a trap in tourist extortion. The 6am start is painful but is the best way to avoid the excessive crowds
    Written 28 February 2023
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    Mabel S
    Miami, FL28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    The tour was good but we felt too rushed, specially at the train station market. We only spent 30 minutes there after having spent 2 hours in the van to get there. At the floating market we spent approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes. Just getting on one of the boats in the floating market took us close to 30 minutes. This didn’t give us much time to browse around once we got off the boat.

    What i liked the most was coming into the station in the train and then watching it leave.

    The guide gave us no information on the history of the train or the floating market. It was more of a means of transportation to get there.

    I feel we spent way more time in the van then at the sites. 2 hours each way!
    Written 7 January 2020
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    MrsEssexPalin
    United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did this tour yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. Our guide was Tee. The van turned up spot on time and we picked up 4 other couples on the way. At one point we were actually running early. The bus was full but a maximum of 12 people which is nice as it's only a small group.

    It's an early start but don't be put off, it's so worth it. We drove for about an hour (after the last pickup) out of Bangkok and arrived at the train station (I use the word station loosely). There's a toilet stop and then we waited for the train which arrives at a loose 8am. All aboard and then a half hour train trip to the market. It's amazing watching it all unfold from aboard the train. Once stopped Tee took our picture at the front of the train. You then have about 20 mins to look round the market before the train leaves again at 9am. This time you watch it leave and don't go aboard. It's just incredible. A health and safety nightmare but like nothing I've ever seen before. A real cultural experience. Tee then provided us with free cold water and off to the floating market we went.

    A short trip in the van and then a James Bond boat (long tail boat) gets you to the floating market. Again another spectacle. We sat and just watched it all unfold around us. Incredible. There's an optional boat trip on the floating market which we did as we wanted the full experience. It was 300 BAHT for 2 of us. Tee kept hold of our tickets and advised us to come at 11am when the boats would be quieter. After that we headed off back to Bangkok. Traffic was on our side so we got back at about 1.15pm. You could argue there was a little too much time at the floating market but it was nice to just sit down and enjoy it.

    I'd highly recommend this trip and this company.

    *Extremely punctual
    *Clean van
    *Bonus free water
    *Great tour guide

    Tee was informative, clear, helpful and funny. Thank you so much for a fantastic trip.
    Written 6 February 2020
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    Pawel B
    Hawthorne, NJ80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    The night before they advised us what time pick up will be exactly and they were there waiting for us in the morning at that time. The tour guide Pat was very professional and excellent English we understood everything and she was very detailed as what to expect. First you drive to the train station take the train into the market and after leave with the van to the floating market, where you take a boat into the market. In the market you can take another boat for few extra bath to go around the river or just walk around on land and see mostly the same things. up to you if you prefer the beat or walking around. After the floating market its time to head back. Very well organized activity and i would recommend to anyone thinking about doing it.
    Written 31 January 2020
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    Dawn Knowles
    Stoke-on-Trent, UK13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Train market was a great experience however I thought the stay at the floating market was too long unless you paid extra to go in a traditional paddle boat for 30 mins. It may have been better to have this included instead of the long boat ride to the market. Also told that tour finished at 12.30 but didn't arrive back to hotel until 1.45 pm and so missed my check out time oops.
    Written 24 February 2020
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    Jakob G
    Frankfurt, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was here with two friends and Sara gave us first-hand insights into the life of Thai people. She was very caring and always made sure the group did not separate despite the busy conditions at the train market. At the floating market she recommended us that best Pad Thai for the cheapest price, 70 Bhat only. We can recommend Sara and the tour!! Thanks
    Written 22 February 2020
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    Paul L
    8 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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