Depart the hotel at 07:30 for a full-day visiting two enigmatic markets that are as fun as they are photogenic. An early start is needed as it’s an hour and half drive outside the city. Our first stop will be Maeklong Railway. Afterwards, enjoy a local lunch before heading to Market. depending on the day of the week will be either Damnoen Saduak or Tha Ka floating market.
Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
At first glance there’s nothing special about Maeklong Railway Market – typical vendors selling grilled skewers or mango or crabs or cold, sugary drinks. But when the train’s whistle sounds the small, sedate market instantly swings into motion as vendors, sitting opposite each other with the tracks bisecting the stalls, pack away their food and wares, fold-down their roofs, and wait for the train to pass. This ritual repeats itself throughout the day, offering tourists a glimpse into the ingenuity brought about in a free-market economy.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Tha Ka Floating market (Sat – Sun) (Recommended by Tripseed)
Spend time walking and boating at Tha Ka Floating Market. Situated amongst local sugar plantations, Tha Ka is one of the area’s few remaining floating markets that is predominantly visited by local’s rather than being a tourist set-up. At Tha Ka the speed is decidedly slower and the vendors more friendly, offering a more authentic experience. Boats are either selling produce or freshly cooked dishes, such as hoy tod (fried oyster omelette). Tripseed recommends Tha Ka for those who will be in Bangkok over the weekend.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (Mon – Fri)
After arriving to the pier, board a long-tail boat for a ride through the maze of khlongs (canals) that constitute Damnoen Saduak. The initial stretch of the river is lined with both wooden and more modern concrete houses. The main stretch of market is both chaotic and charismatic, with hawkers peddling over-priced souvenirs to tourists while boats brimming with fruit make for excellent photos. While the main market tends to be over-touristed, our guides make sure to include time at Khun Phitak, a little off the beaten track area where some authenticity shines through.
Afterwards, return to Bangkok, arriving around 16:00.