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On this one day trip away from Bangkok you will get to taste the colorful Damnoen Saduak floating market first hand, immerse yourself with the local culture along the canals and cycle through peaceful tracks into the fruit orchards and picturesque trails.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration1 day
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance15.5 miles
Seventy kilometers south-west of Bangkok the Mae Klong River spreads into a sprawling delta before reaching the Gulf of Thailand. This low-lying land is extremely fertile and over hundreds of years the Thai people have constructed an extensive network of canals to aid irrigation and navigation. The local way-of life has remained traditional, agricultural and revolves around the colorful floating markets where the fruits of the surrounding orchards are traded.
Wander by foot through today’s first floating market, Klong Lad Pli, to see wooden houses perched on the edge of the canals, including one that was once an opium den. Catch the organiser’s trusty long tail boat at the vibrant Damnoen Saduak market. Feel the energy of Thailand’s biggest floating market as you hear the local women in their paddle boats call out their offers of fruits, vegetables and other local delicacies to passersby. Feel free to exchange waves and laughter with the friendly locals as you weave through the canals, cutting through villages and various plantations.
Time to hop in the saddle for a 25 km (15.5 mi) ride along quiet country back roads through coconut plantations and fruit orchards. Depending on the season, you can feast your eyes on a variety of tropical fruits as they ripen. A cultural trip is not complete without paying respect to the communities’ spiritual centers; you’ll visit the 18th century Wat Bang Kung, a quirky temple held up by a huge banyan tree, and a sacred place for the soldiers during the time of war with Burma. You’ll also get to admire the craftsmanship of the intricate teakwood carvings at Wat Bang Khae Noi temple, and enjoy picturesque trails to a temple complex and the local market as you end the day’s journey.
This tour will visit temples, please show respect at these sacred places by wearing a shirt with sleeves and knee-length shorts.