The Damnern Saduak and Phetchaburi from Hua Hin

The Damnern Saduak and
Phetchaburi from Hua Hin

Even Thailand’s famous floating market at Damnern Saduak is within reach of Hua Hin. The market
of all Thai markets is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Combining this with the former
hillside residence of the Rama Kings and voila, a great day out!


Thailand’s Floating Market has been widely displayed as the sole and most happening water-based market in the country. Named after the town it is located in, the Damnern Saduak is the master of all floating markets, honouring a lifelong tradition of trading everything from food, vegetables and household goods to those residents living along the many canals and waterways. 

En route, the former residences of Siamese royalty at Phetchaburi complete a day that shows off the sights and sounds of what makes Thailand such an in-demand destination.


The Damnern Saduak and Phetchaburi from Hua Hin

07:00 - 18:00

We leave very early in the morning from your hotel in Hua Hin / Cha-am with the first sun rays rising from the east. The reason for this early departure is not to miss the Damnern Saduak at its peak operation as it operates until around 11 in the morning.

The route will take us along sugar cane small villages and factories, one of the primary agricultural resources of this region. But our morning goal will be the long tail boat pier near the floating market where skilled captains navigate with ease and precision through the canals, passing plantation and teak wooden houses. We end right at the heart of the floating market. Mainly women paddle with their merchandise through the canals, selling fresh fruit and Thai snacks to those interested in getting a taste of Thailand. Optional (not included), you can join these skilled tradeswomen in a paddling boat and become a part of an ancient piece of Thai market history. Numerous shops, selling everything under the sun, offer a chance to get some great souvenirs, t-shirts or local handicrafts for the home front.

Our driver for the day welcomes you back in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle and will head out to Phetchaburi, the former capital of the province and a favourite spot of King Mongkut, the fifth king of the Rama Dynasty. His iconic summer palace – called Khao Wang, the situation on top of a hill in the downtown Phetchaburi, can be seen from afar and offers fine vistas of the region, the river and the mountains that border with neighbouring Myanmar. Once at the top, your guide will point out the mix of architectonical influences that made this palace worth visiting; from neo-classical elements to influences that link Thai and Chinese styles, this summer retreat has it all.

Leaving nothing but our footprints behind, it is time to head back to your Hua Hin / Cha-am resort where you will arrive back at around 6 pm. A wonderful, fun-filled day comes to an end.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Long tail boat ride to the floating market
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • 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)


  • This tour is operated on private basis with English speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in Hua Hin and Cha-am only. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Pranburi, Phetchaburi, Kuiburi, Prachuab Khirikhan and Hua Hin Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • 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.
  • 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 note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • 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 reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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.
  • The drive to/from the Damnern Saduak is approximately 2 - 2.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions.


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