Colorful Markets Around Bangkok

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

9 hours    German, Spanish, English, French, Russian    Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram

tour highlights

  • Watch the bustle of Mahachai’s busy seafood pier
  • See hectic action at Mae Klong Railway Market
  • Admire the skill at the Benjarong House and Museum
  • Take a trip on the tranquil canals of Ampawa
  • Visit Wat Bang Kung inside a banyan tree’s roots

tour details

Bargaining is a way of life in Thailand and every trip should involve a look at some of the country’s fantastic markets. We’ll be watching as the catch is unloaded at Mahachai seafood pier, and we’ll see the bustling activity as shrimps, cuttle fish and a variety of bigger fish are auctioned off to vendors and frozen food processors. We’ll also be watching as traders frantically pull the awnings of their stalls from the path of an approaching train at amazing Mae Klong Railway Market. Then we’re off to the Benjarong House and Museum to watch skilled artisans at work, painting delicate designs on china, before we spend some time cruising the scenic canals and river on our way to unique Wat Bang Kung, a temple where a tiny chapel is completely embraced by the roots of a huge banyan tree.

tour description

06:30 AM Depart Bangkok in the morning to Mahachai, home to one of the biggest seafood piers in the Gulf of Thailand. Stroll along the river towards the pier at the junction where Klong Mahachai canal and the Ta Chine River converge to watch fishermen offload their catch: big and small shrimps, myriad fish, cuttlefish, shellfish and other fruits of the sea. Deckhands slide baskets of seafood down from the boat into the hands of traders who immediately auction off the catches and distribute them either to one of the many frozen seafood plants in the area or to vendors at the fresh market just behind the pier. 08:00 AM Continue by van or coach to Mae Klong Railway Market. Walk around the market, then ready yourself for the hectic activities of the vendors along the railway tracks, when they raise the awnings of their stalls to clear the passage for the train on its return journey to Mahachai at around 09.000 hrs. A short drive brings you to Ampawa, where you visit the Benjarong House and Museum and watch skilled artisans painting delicate china ware with intricate designs. After a Thai set lunch at Baan Amphawa Resort, depart on a boat trip through the scenic canals, passing coconut and fruit orchards and rural dwellings. Continue by boat along Mae Klong River to Wat Bang Kung, built during the Ayudhaya period (more than 200 years ago). This interesting temple is completely embraced by the roots of a huge Banyan Tree. Return van / coach transfer to Bangkok (60-90 minutes, depending on traffic).


Transfer included: Yes
Meals included: Lunch
    Tour code: EXBFMARB

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