Early morning we set off and drive to a railway station to board the non-air-conditioned 3rd class carriage. Lean back and enjoy the approx. 20 minutes scenic journey along salt and rice paddies into the famous Mae Klong railway market - a market where the stalls are laid out on both sides of the railway tracks. When the train comes through, the tents and goods are moved from the rails in lightning speed. After the train has sped by, everything is moved back within a few seconds so that no one would suspect a conduit for a train. After exploration of the market, continue to a small factory that produces palm sugar made from the sweet, watery sap that drips from cut flower buds. The sap is collected each morning and boiled in huge woks until a sticky sugar remains. Embark into a long-tail boat and ride from the small side canals into the Mae Klong River, passing traditional style houses on both banks and plenty of palm trees. Disembark and transfer to the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market - this is the floating market you see in most Bangkok postcards. Khao Lam, sticky rice in bamboo tube, is not easily found at the local market in Bangkok but it's a very popular purchase from rural provinces. During a visit to a local open-air Khao Lam producer, you will learn how this famous Thai sweet dish is made and satisfy your taste buds with some freshly made Khao Lam.
For today's lunch, your guide will invite you to visit "Baan Bang Noi" homestay and there, introduce you to some of the essential herbs, spices and vegetable used in Thai cooking. Once acquainted with the ingredients for your lunch, you can roll up your sleeves and help to prepare and cook the different dishes. Converse in the relaxing surroundings as you take a rest and enjoy the meal you have prepared. After satisfying your hunger, you can explore the surrounding orchards on foot or, by bicycle. Enjoy some fresh fruits (depending on season) straight from the tree. Return to your hotel in Bangkok.