Good morning everyone!! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day wherever you are!
So I just arrived back into Dubai from one of my favourite trips, BKK – HKG and I’m so excited to be sharing this blog with you!
A colleague and I decided to book a half day tour with a company here in Bangkok as we landed back from Hong Kong around midnight, so we would be able to have a quick nap and wake up bright and early for the tour departure.
We decided to do the Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour which cost 490thb.
The tour guide picks you up from your hotel around 6am and then drops you back at the famous Khao San Road at 1pm.
Now I’m sure most of you have heard of the Maeklong Railway Market before or have at least seen photos of it on Instagram, but for those who haven’t, the Maeklong Railway Market ( also known as Train Umbrella Market ), is one of the most colourful, bustling markets I’ve been to in a long time.
The trains pass through the centre of the market 8 times a day and it’s amazing to see the store tellers pull back their umbrellas so calmly each time the train approaches.
Just so everyone knows the train does come through rather slowly but still be careful when trying to get that ‘perfect’ photo, to not to get to close. The locals will definitely scream at you to get off the tracks way before, but still just thought I’d warn you.
From fresh fruits, meats, local vegetables and dried herbs and spices this market has it all, just be aware that it is a tourist spot so it is incredibly crowded and can be quite hard to walk as the train tracks are old and the rocks easily slip from under your feet.
Speaking of the crowd … be sure to arrive EARLY if you don’t go with a tour because like I said it is crazy busy and you don’t want to miss out on the best standing points.
If your hands are free from your numerous cameras and shopping be sure to get a fresh ice cream on a stick or a refreshing coconut or coffee!
For those of you who follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw the photo I put up on my Insta story about the lovely Grandma I met here at this market. And if you don’t follow me there then do it now! And I’ll also put the photo below so you can read my little story.
She really was the absolute highlight of my day and I still feel emotional when I think of her now. God bless her.
We quickly piled back into the mini van and drove on to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which was only 15 minutes away from the Maeklong Railway Market.
The bustling scene of this floating market is iconic of exotic Thailand and it truly is an unforgettable sight to see. All the Thai locals on their wooden boats selling things from noodle soup, pork skewers, fresh fruits, even chicken nuggets and french fries!
Although I have to say, if I see any photos of you guys traveling the 100 kilometres out of Bangkok just to eat chicken nuggets and french fries I will have something not so positive to say to you. I am kidding but not really. 😉
Now included in our tour package is a 10 minute speed boat ride but to get on the infamous paddle boat you have to pay an extra 150THB. We were told by the tour guide that this price is cheap and that they will try and charge you more if you go without a tour but I honestly think that if you went there alone and you just haggled the price for 150THB then you would get it.
I got to sit up front which was amazing so I highly recommend that you try and do that too. The paddle boat ride was for 30 minutes and they take you past all the shops selling souvenirs, paintings and more. Whatever shop you want to look at you can just tell the person paddling and they will stop for you.
Now because I speak Thai yet I look foreign, I have gone through the whole situation of them trying to sell me something for the ‘foreign’ price then when I tell them I’m actually Thai they take the price down completely, and because of this reason I really wanted to say in this post that unless you really really love something at the market … don’t buy it!
The prices are ridiculously expensive and if you just ventured to a smaller lesser known market outside I’m almost certain that you would get it for half the price, plus you would feel better about giving your money to someone who is in real need of it, who is kind and who speaks to you politely.
Because I myself lived in Thailand for 3 years when I was younger, I get really upset when I see those Thai people who speak to foreigners rudely because it never used to be like this and honestly it embarrasses me.
I’m not saying that all of the Thai people selling at Damnoen Saduak Market are rude but majority are and I know it’s because they see tourists every day and are sick of being asked to bargain but still I don’t like it at all and so I’d rather just use the boat ride to take in the view and spend my money somewhere else more worth while.
Now that that rant is over … I loved seeing the people going by on their boats selling grilled seafood, noodles and loads of other tasty thai dishes. And the boat ride along the canal itself is one of the highlights!
Be sure to pick up a postcard or a small souvenir before you go and don’t forget to bargain! 😉
I hope that after reading this post you will add these two places on your itinerary next time you decide to visit Thailand and don’t forget to tag me in your photos when you do.
At around 11.30 we all got back in the mini van and headed back to busy Bangkok. I came back to the hotel exhausted and was left with just three hours to nap before heading back to the sandpit. But it was truly worth it and I would definitely do it again!
If you guys want to go on the same tour that I did I’ll leave the link down below …
They also do other tours like Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Erawan Waterfall and more. Oh and for those of you who aren’t in Bangkok, they also have tours in other cities as well such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Ko Samui etc.
Let me know in the comments below if you guys have visited Thailand before and what your favourite experience was and if you haven’t been yet let me know if you would like to visit and why.
Until next time, stay safe everyone.
Love Jessica Cairney.