New Biking Perspectives of Damnern Saduak
New Biking Perspectives
of Damnern Saduak
This Explore Asia follows the back roads and alleys around one of Thailand’s iconic floating markets
at Danmern Saduak. We traverse not only to see the sprawling market up close but
head out by bike to go where normally hardly any tourist goes.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Floods of euphoria await; taking a whole new route to zigzag along canals, across bridges and see the famous, colourful panorama of one of Thailand’s most visited markets in its full glory… by bicycle. New perspectives on the Danmern Saduak are offered through the power of pedalling with a keen focus on staying away from the trodden paths.
Get to see plantations, farms and quaint little villages, unbeknownst of the morning hectic where customers are taken to and fro the stalls and wooden boats, dancing on the main canal. That well-known parts can be taken differently with new perspectives confirmed is proven with this Explore Asia full day programme.
07:00 - 17:00
An early rise for an exciting day trip; we leave your hotel at around 7 AM and head in southwestern direction to the mouth of the Mae Klong River before reaching the Gulf of Thailand to the main starting point of our biking trip at the Damnern Saduak Floating Market.
The Damnern Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal 32 kilometres long be dug at Damnern Saduak to connect the Mae Klong and Tacheen Rivers. With ample examples to get and close with traditional Thai houses and the way locals use boats in their everyday lives. Part of our tour for the day will include a long-tail boat trip, meandering through a maze of canals that cut through various plantations and local, canal-side villages. A mere glimpse of the authenticity that still runs through the veins of this part is taken up when following our path.
After disembarking the boat and taking photos, we hop on our bikes for a gentle 25 kilometre-long ride along country back roads, nice flat canal paths and plantation trails. We avoid main roads as much as we can so quiet back roads and jeep trails will be the followed path for most of the afternoon. Stopping often at points of interest, the riding is at a leisurely pace and suitable for anyone. Lunch is included at a local riverside restaurant.
Visits to temples is a must and we have carefully chosen that have been long favoured by the Royal Family in this region, such as Wat Bang Kae Noi and the quirky Wat Bang Kung temple, held up by a banyan tree. Famed for its carvings and a short bike ride away, Wat Bang Kae Noi has some stunning carved panels depicting the story of the enlightenment of Buddha.
Late afternoon, we are being warmly welcomed again by our driver who will bring you back in comfort to your hotel in Bangkok. We expect arrival at around 5 PM.