Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
We greatly enjoyed the tour down the river. Our guide was courteous and knowledgeable.Reviewed by: Larry C, June 2013
As stated by others, this is more for tourists. So happy that we were picked up and dropped off at our guest house, as we did not have to deal with getting taxi drivers. Bangkok traffic is constant and really time consuming. Liked that the pick up was early to avoid the traffic. Additional items for tourists helped fill up the time - Orchid farm, coconut farm. Also made a stop to feed elephants. Did not like the fact elephant and baby were restrained by a short chain on both front legs. They should have used a high fence instead. Also, conditions allowed flies to create a uncomfortable situation. Reached market via motorized long boats. We did not see the monkey tricks show. Paid extra 200 bahts per person for locals to paddle in the market. Bought some items while in boat. I see this this trip for photos to impress friends back home! .Guide was good at filling time with interesting facts Price very reasonable for facilities provided.Reviewed by: Dinesh P, June 2013
Good tour but also a little disappointing compared to some of the other Viator tours we have done in the past. The floating market portion was great but we didn't get much out of the other stops that we made along the way. We felt like they were places where there wasn't really anything to do but spend more money. Our tour guide was friendly but we also wondered if he got a cut of any profits that these places made as he kept pushing for us to buy things when we weren't interested.Reviewed by: Kristi C, June 2013
While the tour itself was very good, punctual and the tour guide Ram was excellent, I had a nasty experience at the Elephant village. When I didn't buy the jewellry the elephant "driver" offered me, he turned around and hit the elephant twice on head, so hard, the poor elephant screamed in pain. She was doing nothing wrong, just plodding along. I asked to be taken straight back and was really upset by the whole experience, especially since I realised there was nothing I could do about the situation, apart from this warning.
However, the tour was good value for money with 5 stops. The canal cruise on the way to the market was a highlight, as was the market itself.Reviewed by: Robin O, May 2013
The floating market is very much a tourist attraction nowadays rather than a traditional Thai market experience. The stalls only really sell gifts and generally touristy trash rather than anything worth buying.
I was also disappointed by the fact that we had a half hour stop at 'gift shop' rather than a 10 minute toilet break only to find that our time was limited to 30 minutes at the floating market itself. I would much prefer 50 minutes at the attraction we had paid to see rather than a gift shop where the tour rep receives comission.Reviewed by: David F, May 2013