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From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

1. From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

The markets of Thailand are some of the country’s most quintessential experiences; they give you a lively peek inside the more traditional culture of a country that often lives by water (or in this case, by the railroad tracks as well). On this full-day guided tour, you'll be taken to the most iconic markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, ending with a relaxing firefly boat tour to wind down from the day’s excitement. Maeklong Train Market is a fresh market situated right by a well-worn railroad. Watch the vendors expertly close and open their awnings to make room as the trains pass by. Wat Bang Kung is a striking Buddhist temple engulfed by the roots of a massive Banyan Tree. Learn about its bloody battle history and see the Golden Buddha inside. Located on the Amphawa canal, the Amphawa Floating Market is one of Thailand's more popular floating markets. Visit this riverside market and see vendors selling delicious treats like sweets and seafood, or browse some of the shophouses and restaurants. After sunset, when the lights have dimmed, you'll wind down with a relaxing river cruise. Your boat will take you a little further out where it is dark enough to see the fireflies, before heading back to your accommodations at 9:00 PM, ending a day of simple pleasures and tastes with the comforting sight of these lightning bugs.

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Bangkok: Private Tour to Thaka Floating Market

2. Bangkok: Private Tour to Thaka Floating Market

Start your trip from your accommodation in Bangkok and depart to Samut Songkhram on a day trip. Thaka Floating Market will give you a truly authentic experience! Here, the locals' way of life is still very much preserved. Glide through the water on a wooden rowboat while seeing vendors' paddle boats piled with fragrant lotus blossoms, coconuts and handicrafts, selling their wares in a palm-lined canal. Absorb the local scene and learn about the tradition of water commuting. Afterwards, visit an authentic Thai house and see how the locals make brown coconut sugar. Then, take a visit to Wat Bang Kung, once a navy campsite during the reign of King Taksin the Great. Following the second defeat of the Ayutthaya kingdom in 1767, the king relocated his navy to this campsite. The temple is honored as one of the unseen temples of Thailand. After an enjoyable day, transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Amphawa Floating Market

3. Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Amphawa Floating Market

Explore Thailand in a more authentic way with a private trip to Amphawa Floating Market. See how life is outside of Bangkok as you observe locals buy and sell fruits, food and handmade souvenirs from the wooden boats. Start off your private excursion by meeting your driver at your hotel lobby at the selected pickup time. Set off towards Amphawa Floating Market. On the way, make an optional stop at Wat Bang Kung temple if you wish to. Arrive at Amphawa Floating Market and immerse yourself in this foodie paradise. Soak up the sights, sounds, and aromas as you watch food cooked right alongside your boat. Sample local dishes like steamed fish and other classic Thai recipes including refreshing fruit drinks. Be amazed by locally handcrafted products that you might not find in Bangkok. Spend your leisure time walking around with no rush then enjoy a comfortable ride back to Bangkok. Get dropped off at your hotel with memories of the incredible experiences you designed.

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Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

4. Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

After pickup, the first stop is the Bridge On The River Kwai, part of the Siam-Burma Railway built by WWII prisoners of war. Walk along the “Death Railway” bridge of Hollywood fame, learning about its historical and cultural significance. Next, head to Wat Tham Seua, a Buddhist temple perched atop a mountain. Known as the Tiger Cave Temple, it was named after the tiger paw prints found on the cave walls. Climb to the top and take in the gorgeous scenery, marvel at the large gleaming statue of Buddha, and explore the main temple area. The next stop is Wat Bang Kung. Built during the Ayutthaya period, this Buddhist temple is covered in the roots and branches of nearby Banyan trees, making it seem like a hidden ruin in the forest. Take a peek at the golden Buddha statue inside and snap photos of the iconic entrance. Finally, make your way to the Amphawa Floating Market. Board a boat and cruise down the river as you interact with vendors paddling on their small boats loaded with produce. Soak up the sights of the river, shop for some souvenirs, or buy passing street food to eat on the trip back to Kanchanaburi.

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What people are saying about Wat Bang Kung

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Well organized tour. Optimal timing to allow us visitors to spend time in the two markets in total independence, without the hassle of a timetable with too tight deadlines. Both markets extremely suggestive. Many tourists but also a lot of genuine local reality, now almost impossible to find around here. The only flaw (problem still solved), the inconsistency between the start time of the tour communicated to us by Get Your Guide (10.00) and that communicated to us by the tour operator (11.30). Having presented ourselves at the meeting point at 10.00, we then waited for an hour and a half before our guide arrived.

Such a fun experience! The guide was so friendly, funny and knowledgeable about everywhere we went. I think this day was one of my favorite days of my entire vacation! Even the hour drive was relaxing and I was able to relax at the end of the night. Absolutely worth it!

Our tour guide was amazing. She’s so energetic and fun during the whole trip. The entire trip is a great experience!

All in all a fantastic day. It doesn't feel too long as it's fairly relaxed, even if it's lots of sights.

Despite the fact that fireflies were absent from the tour we both really enjoyed ourselfes