Leave the modern energy of Bangkok behind and experience a sleepy, more traditional Thailand. Drive away from Bangkok, watching the city’s towering high rises and busy streets fade into the distance. After just an hour’s drive arrive in the Samut Songkhram province, offering a glimpse into Thai countryside life. You can also enjoy a short regional ride on the train where you will venture to a rural railway market, where vendors set up stalls along the train tracks. One of the most unique Bangkok markets to visit, watch as they quickly pack up as trains arrive and then unload and carry on business after the trains have departed.
Continue through the countryside to Damnoen Saduak. Although one of the more popular market areas visited by tourists in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak offers great photo opportunities and a unique chance to experience this traditional style of the marketplace. See boats laden with fresh fruit, traditional snacks and other items being sold on the canals. Imagine a time, not too long ago, when residents would paddle up to these floating stalls to buy their daily wares. For a closer look, hop aboard a paddleboat and explore the labyrinth of canals. Pass by houses and small villages set upon the water’s edge and see the ways of life of the people in this part of rural Thailand.
A lunch stop can also be enjoyed at the floating market (a great spot for people watching as you dine on local dishes), as well as a visit to a local Buddhist temple not on the tourist trail. If interest and time permits you can continue onwards to the King Rama II Memorial Park. Explore the ornate Thai-style pavilions of the park and learn about the former, beloved King. For visits falling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the end of the tour will be spiced up with an exploration of the weekend floating market at Amphawa.