What happened to me this summer in Bangkok, was nothing more than the normal consequence of when you don't have time to prepare an excursion that you hadn't even contemplated. It was a traveling error from which I learned the lesson, but I want to write about him so that no more people commit him.
I do not reproach myself either, because I was tired, without time to look at anything and it was not even my idea to go to the Damnoen Saduak floating market.
This year, I chose Phuket Y Bangkok as resting places on the days off that I have between the two groups of travelers that I guide in Myanmar every summer. Nor were those places my best option, but this year was different because 3 friends came from Alicante to Thailand and wanted to be with them.
Thus, when they arrived they began to look at things to do in Bangkok and the issue of floating markets came to the table. Surely there are good and varied floating markets in Bangkok and surroundings, but from what I read on the only decent website that I could check in the half hour we had to make the decision, they all opened between Thursday and Sunday. And we wanted to go on a Tuesday.
That day of the week, the only option available was the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, which was listed on the web as "the most tourist and known". He was not mistaken.
Choosing the Damnoen Saduak floating market tour
When you are in Bangkok (especially in the backpackers area) you are cannon fodder agencies, taxi drivers and tuk tuk, street vendors ... Everyone offers you different tours at the most diverse prices and your mind is clouded by leaps and bounds. In addition, the Thai kindness that all the advertising posters say here was lost a long time ago.
I advise you to take a look online first, to get an idea of people's prices and opinions, and then you dedicate yourself to comparing at street level, entering some of the small physical agencies that you will find, galore, through the streets of Bangkok.
Basically, they all offer more or less the same, but you can save something if you have the patience to research a few.
In the case of the Damnoen Saduak floating market tour, we don't follow any of the advice I just wrote. So it went. Honestly, I came from leading a group of 10 people in Myanmar, and the last thing I wanted was to have to organize an excursion. I needed to rest.
So, all we did is ask a couple of taxi drivers how much he would charge us to take us to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak.
The truth is that we got a price that we found good quite quickly: THB 600 between 4 people. Given that the market is an hour and a half drive from the center of Bangkok, it's not bad at all. However, the surprise came later, when, upon arriving at the market car park, they asked us for an exorbitant price for the Damnoen Saduak canal tour.
Finally, and after much haggling, we managed to lower the price to 2,500 THB for the entire boat, when, initially, the thais They asked us that per person. It also seemed expensive for what it was.
That said, prepare it in advance, although, honestly, I would not pay a single euro for that excursion, because it was an experience that did not give me anything at all, save the good time spent with my friends.