We just can’t let you leave Bangkok without testing your negotiating skills at the two popular and unconventional markets in Thailand. The Thais have a way to make things interesting and a visit to these markets certainly prove it. Get out of town, escape the bustle of Bangkok and explore the famous Railway Market and a floating market!
Make sure you leave your hotel early morning to reach Railway Market, about two-hour drive from Bangkok. Once you reach the market, a cacophony of sounds, smells and colour invite you. Browse through the cluster of shops selling local goods, groceries, Thai food, fresh produce and fabrics along a railway track.
See local folks bargaining for the best prices. In no time, you will suddenly experience an unusual activity when vendors gather up their items, canopies lowered, the crowd and everything cleared along the edges of the track. Wait with the crowd as you could hear a train chugging its way through the market. Yes, you guessed it right. It is indeed an active railway track!
Business resumes as usual after the train leaves and you may continue to follow your guide leading you around the market. He will introduce you to traditional Thai foods, from desserts, snacks to fresh fruits. Go ahead, tickle your taste buds!
Next up, visit a palm sugar plantation and observe the making of organic palm sugar the traditional way, from the nectar of coconut flowers at a villager’s house.
There is absolutely no walking required when you board a long-tailed boat and glide through narrow village canals to reach the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Go clickety-clack with your cameras as there are plenty of visuals to capture. If something catches your eye, ask the guide to stop the boat, make your purchase and it’s all yours.
You have leisure time to depart the boat and explore more of the market. Find a variety of Thai food, seasonal tropical fruits as well as souvenirs on both sides of the canal.
Around noon, it will be time to leave for Bangkok. If you plan to indulge in more activities, you can get off at a BTS Sky train station, or you can head back to the meeting point.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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