Biking Bangkok’s Weekend Floating Markets

Biking Bangkok’s Weekend
Floating Markets

An era of traditional floating markets still thrives in small corners of Bangkok: void of mass tourism,
these weekend-only authentic trade centres on the Klongs are included in a full day tour
with the best means of transportation available: the bicycle.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Floating markets have become synonymous with Thailand: with a cornucopia of waterways in and around Bangkok, the traditions of what once was the centre of all household commerce and trade slowly moved away to a few, well-known spots. Unlike the word-famous Danmern Saduak Floating Marketing, a few communities still keep the art of aquatic trading alive, with locals from in and around the community continuously supporting this almost extinct means of commerce.

It is here where we come in: small, non-touristic and weekend only floating markets within the greater Bangkok metropolis still flourish, and it is then that bicycles are by far the best means for a pedalling trip with us to witness it in its full glory.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Biking Bangkok’s Weekend Floating Markets

09:00 - 16:00

A joint transfer from hotel to the central meeting point where the bicycles are waiting is included; the driver will be ready, waiting for you and your travel companions to meet your English-speaking biking guide. Getting properly fitted on your bike may take some time but it will be done for your comfort as you make your way through the Klongs and local communities to meet time-honoured floating market traditions.

The adventure includes boat crossings from one side of the waterway to the other in order to get to real authentic floating markets. Void of mass tourism, opened only during weekends and combined with a fun-filled bike ride, venture along Bangkok’s extensive canal network to see three different floating markets, each having its own characteristics.

Tucked away in the western corner of Bangkok in the Taling Chan district and surrounded by fruit orchards, Wat Saphan Floating Market offers a more authentic feeling of a traditional floating market compared to some of the more tourism-orientated ones. Further down the biking path, the Klong Lad Mayom Floating Market is definitely a food heaven. This is a smaller, more authentic example of how trade on the canals in Thailand used to be. Also away from central Bangkok, the floating market of Taling Chan is a scaled-down version of the more popular Damnern Saduak attraction. Comprising of a smaller number of boats and only open during the weekends, this local trading centre gives an authentic look into the Bangkok of yesteryear.

It is at these places where you still meet the Bangkok traditions of yesteryear alive and kicking.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant before we make our way back to the central meeting point where your driver who will bring you back to your hotel in downtown Bangkok only.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide only
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver from hotels only inside Central Bangkok only (Sukhumvit, Silom, Pathumwan). No guide on the transfer
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Use of well-maintained bicycles during the tour, complete with helmets and insurance
  • Lunch included at a local restaurant (food only)
  • Boat transfers

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joined / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • A minimum number of guests are stated for each excursion; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors. We regret that we are not able to communicate in advance about this.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.

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