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Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get two for one on this Damnoen Saduak floating market and Bridge Over the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok. Spend a full day following your expert guide on this tour that showcases the best of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi region and offers up the perfect escape from the energy of urban streets.
  • Travel on a longtail boat through the floating markets and visit the rail bridge on the Kwai River
  • Visit Kanchanaburi, home to the infamous bridge located on the Kwai River
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and sample the flavors of Thailand
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from selected hotels included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
Local guide
Boat trip to the Floating Markets
Lunch
Gratuities
Boat ride in the markets (optional extra, payable direct)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The Departure time of the tour is 7:00 am.
The Pickup time from your hotel starts from 6:15 AM until 7:00 Am - depending on the location of your hotel. The exact Pickup time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation.

Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

7:10 AM
Your tour kicks off with hotel pickup and a leisurely drive from the capital through salt fields, rice paddies, and epic Thai countryside. Cruise past rural landscapes on your way to a longtail speedboat that transports you on a thrilling journey through the famous Damnoen Saduak floating markets. Experience shopping like a local as you navigate through a network of canals lined with traditional canoes topped with fruits, vegetables, sweets, and meats. It’s possible to organize a ride on a local boat (at own expense) for a closer look.

After you’ve explored the unique markets—which remain one of the top attractions in this region—return to your air-conditioned coach and head towards Kanchanaburi, where the Kwai River is located. The river’s famous bridge was built in 1943 as part of a wartime project intended to connect Thai and Burmese railways lines to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. More than 100,000 laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the bridge’s construction.

Enjoy a local lunch at a popular restaurant before making your way to the bridge for a closer look. Stop at the JEATH war museum, where you can see pictures and paintings that detail the bridge’s history, and visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery which is the final resting place for many WWII prisoners of war.

Head back to your coach for the comfortable return trip to your Bangkok hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Salt Evaporation Pond
Drive through the salt fields of Samut Sakhon province
Stop At:  
Coconut Sugar Farm
Stop and see the fabrication process of coconut sugar, taste the natural candies. Enjoy the wild orchil presentation
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Embark aboard your long-tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets, and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of the most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
River Kwai
You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
JEATH War Museum
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Visit The War Cemetery of the Prisoners of War of the WWII
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bridge Over the River Kwai
The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tour East
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Early start as it's a very long day in a small business, although it does have air-conditioning Floating markets are a great experience, we got there early so we're able to have a good look around." See review
  • "Not the floating market I remember from my visit in 1973 - much more on shore than floating, but still worth the trip." See review
  • "Definitely pay the extra 150 baht for the smaller canoe tour- that's about 4USD and absolutely worth it!" See review

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A day at the floating market and the River Kwai
805jennifero
, Sep 2019
If you are looking for a way to see the floating markets and the river Kwai as an independent traveler who is looking for a way to get there then this is the tour for you. Our tour guide did not spend a lot of time on giving us any information on the market or on anything else. I would say this was one of the more disappointing tours that I have been on. This turned out to be a four bus transfer from Bangkok to the floating market to Kwai and back again. This tour, in my opinion, is nothing but a transportation service thinking it is otherwise will leave you very disappointed.
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Market
cathyhilder
, Oct 2018
Trip to floating markets and bridge on the river Kwai was very good guide was very nice and helpful it was also good that it was only a small group of people overall it was a very good day
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Would be 5 star but a long way to travel
jbohun2
, Oct 2018
Very knowledgeible guide but difficult to understand. Interesting trip and we enjoyed it. No water or cold cloth provided which makes a huge difference when you are wilting. Lunch was very poor,meat was tough and tofu shrivelled.Floating market- paddle boat good fun, sadly motorised boats ruining atmosphere and bad fumes for genders.Long trip but good experience.
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Nice intro to these areas
RCTrip2011
, Sep 2018
This was a good overview of he floating markets and bridge. Could have been a little more history and point out things along the long journey to get there.
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As described but poorly executed
andylongmore66
, Jun 2018
As described the tour visited the 2 places we wanted to see and each was as expected if not a little fake. On the way we visited a very distasteful theme park with elephants and women with rings around their necks. In this day and age we felt paying for a picture of a baby elephant in a small ringed area was unreasonable. While the women were traditional and very keen to discuss this the group found this very awkward exhibiting them in their surroundings. Driver and guide managed the 'long' day well.
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An early start, the minibus arrived...
Rusty
, May 2018
An early start, the minibus arrived at our hotel on time. After pickups at 2 more hotels we arrived at the main departure point and transferred to a coach. There were only 9 of us on the tour so plenty of space. The floating market was excellent although it was very busy. We then had a reasonably long journey to Kanchanaburi for the JEATH war museum, a very good lunch, the immaculate war cemetery and bridge of the river Kwai. The trip was well worth the long journey home and long day. 2 trips in 1. Highly recommended if your time in Thailand is limited.
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We had a great day on our tour. The...
Susan D
, May 2018
We had a great day on our tour. The whole day was well paced. My only advice to future travellers is do not buy at the floating markets. It's horribly overpriced. Everything I bought there was a fraction of the price at other markets I visited. Overall though, a day well spent.
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Tour was excellent and our guide was...
Neil J
, May 2018
Tour was excellent and our guide was informative. The floating markets were very interesting and we had time on our own to shop. Bridge on the River Kwai is a long bus ride from Bangkok and was a little disappointing. Important to know the history before going as the current bridge is just a modern train bridge.
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Everything was well organised, we...
Magdalena S
, Mar 2018
Everything was well organised, we enjoyed the trip, we would definitely recommend that trip.
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This tour promised a lot and failed...
Jonathan G
, Feb 2018
This tour promised a lot and failed to deliver. 2 extra stops to “orchid farm” and “elephant farm” were terrible and unwanted. Gift shops and abused animals. Disgusting. Market was just more gift stalls. All the same. Not a real market at all. Guide really pushy about extras such as boat rides.
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