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Bangkok, Chao Phraya rice barge cruise, Floating market

Enjoy a magical opportunity to explore Thailand’s rural heartland on board a converted teakwood rice barge. After experiencing the sights and sounds and the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city, this three-day cruise takes you out of Bangkok up the Chao Phraya River into the rich agricultural central plains. See firsthand the traditional way of life of Thailand’s rural communities, which are far removed from the usual tourist trail. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

We meet you at Bangkok airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok

We start the day with a half day tour of Bangkok, visiting the stunning Grand Palace complex and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Afternoon is spent cruising along the many canals of Bangkok's rural suburbs. You'll stop along the way to visit places of interest including markets, gardens and the Royal Barge House.

  • Day 3:
  • Rice barge

Today you board our rice barge and start sailing up the Chao Phraya River. In the morning you'll stop to explore the Mon pottery village on the island of Ko Kred and visit Pathum Thani market where various vegetables, meats and other local produce are sold. In the afternoon you'll continue along the Chao Phraya River before branch off onto one of its tributaries.

  • Day 4:
  • Rice barge

Early this morning you'll have a chance to give alms to the local monks and learn more about their religion. After breakfast you'll take a cycling tours to explore the local villages and temple. After lunch we continue your cycle tour visiting a local orphanage and various local cottage industries.

  • Day 5:
  • Rice barge

Your morning visits today will include the lively market at Pamok and a tour of the local school. You'll also spend some time meeting a local family that make drums, before we head on to Ayutthaya. From here we board a modern boat for the fast transfer back to Bangkok.

  • Day 6:
  • Bangkok

This morning we take a boat ride along Damnoen Saduak canal enjoying the sights and sounds of local Thai life. The morning ends with a visit to the famous floating market where local traders sell their produce from boats on the canal. Your afternoon is free to relax or include some other optional tours.

  • Day 7:
  • Bangkok

Your morning is free to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer you back to airport for flight home.

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Temples & Palaces of Bangkok; Rice Barge cruise & cycling tours; Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Thai Cooking
Rice barge cruise boat, private a/c minibus, cycling, boat trip
Group departures:
Private tour; minimum age 12yrs
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Breakfast: 6 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 2


We use a range of carefully selected hotels for our private departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a tailor-made tour.


Customer feedback

"We had a fantastic trip and it was the perfect balance of adventure and luxury. Thank you for creating an utterly fab holiday, and we will be saving up hard for the next one!"

Louise Allman (Thialand tailor-made)

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