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“Commercialized Tourist Trap”

Taling Chan Floating Market
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Bangkok Gardens and Canals Bike Tour
Ranked #72 of 536 things to do in Bangkok
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“Commercialized Tourist Trap”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

The floating market in Bangkok sounded and looked (in photos) like a great way to experience the culture. So we hired a taxi for 900Bath (approx. $28) for an hour and a half ride to this place outside of Bangkok. When we get there we are told the only way to see it is to hire a boat. It will cost 1200B per person! For a family of 4 that's about $150. We negotiated it down to 3000B, but still $94 to ride around in a boat for 1 hour.
Once on the boat, its pretty neat to zip around a small canal and see homes built on stilts and food being sold on boats. But, that's about it. This place is a tourist trap! The shops sell all the same knick knacks that are sold at any Night Market but they are 3 times the price! We went to the floating market on our last day in Thailand so we knew! The same purse my daughter got for 40B was for 150B. The flower soap thing in a container we got for 80B was for 200B!! And the vendors are not very willing to bargain. They'll only go down a little.
Needless to say we didn't buy anything which made it a bit awkward since the driver of the boat kept stopping at various venders.
There's more...apparently there was another way to enjoy the floating market with out renting the motorized boat for close to $100. Got directly to the Floating market, a few 100 yards further and you can just walk around or rent a row boat. I don't know how much the row boat is but I'm guessing if it was way less.
We should have done more research before going on this trip. It's sad that such a great history and tradition of selling fruit and flowers has turned into a money making machine.

Visited December 2013
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“don't believe what they say”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

We shared a taxi ordered by The Muse hotel to take us to the floating market. We agreed a price for the return journey of 2000 TBH . We explained that we only wanted to walk around the market as we did not have much time.
After the long drive there we were met by a group of girls at the pier (one of several there). They told us it would cost 2000 TBH per person to take the boat through the market and we told them that we only wanted to walk. The girls said that it was not possible to walk through the market and when we began walking away they followed us offering several reductions in price which were all refused politely until one of the girls said-- how much you pay?-- to which I replied 100 TBH --- the girls became verbally aggressive shouting - you crazy you crazy this is impossible, you dont understand you no walk at market only take boat , i give you for 500 THB each special price.
I looked at my friends and said that we should find the taxi driver and get him to take us to the market as we had agreed so that we could walk through. The taxi driver said that we would have to take the boat and pay or return back to the hotel. My principles were in overdrive by this point and I said back to hotel then.
THE DRIVER SAT AT THE JUNCTION FOR 2/3 MINUTES BEFORE TAKING A LEFT AND DRIVING A FURTHER 10MINS WHERE HE DROPPED US AT THE MARKET.

Here we were offered boats for 100 THB per person... but we walked through the market and it was a very interesting place where, having sharpened up my dealing skills with the Thai girls earlier, I managed to bag some very good bargains.
The real shame is that these scams are keeping the money away from the real market people... Just be warned and stand your ground. Good luck

Visited November 2013
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“Talad Nam/Taling Chan Floating market and tour of Khlongs”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

We had stopped at the tourist office to get some information on floating markets and were recommended this one. We went early on a Sunday morning, took a local bus to the market area which took perhaps 25 min (bus no. 79, from Ratchadamnoen Road), then shared a one-hour longtail boat tour with 2 other couples that we met at the market (1000 BHT total). We thoroughly enjoyed the tour through the canals - it was a chance to see a part of Bangkok and a style of living we would never have seen and getting there early meant there were few other boats around. We had the option of stopping of at another market along the way which we all decided against (one with T shirts among other things, looking to be a bit more touristy). Back at the market itself around 11am the action was in full swing. A large part of this market was a series of small boats on which lots of different foods were being prepared. Next to them are a series of floating pontoons on which tables and eating platforms are arranged. Thai families come out en masse for a Sunday afternoon meal. We enjoyed some goodies as well.
The rest of the market is on dry land and not very large, but it has a great selection of fruits and vegetables, beautiful Thai candies, flowers and other odds and ends.
Yes there are tourists, but this is by no means a tourist market.

Visited November 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Floating market + Bridge of River + Tiger temple”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

I went on this day trip with high expectations having been on it years ago, the market has changed it no longer sells fruit and flowers, it all set up for the tourist, the fishtail boat ride is good, but when you get off the boat you can go on a paddled tour for 150 baht around the market, DO NOT GO ON THIS 30 MINUTE TRIP, its like going around MBK stalls but been stuck in boat going really slow and you cannot get out, its usually hot with to many boats in the water, try imaging Bangkok streets with all the traffic but in boats, the bridge tour is very commercial and set up for again for tourists, the Tiger Temple is not really set up for Tourism, and I am usually against wild animals in captivity, but this is not a zoo its OK with an odd set up. The trip back was a terrible 4.5 hours and all day at 14.5 hours, if you go make sure it is by coach and not minibus as they are very cramped usually with 12 people rotated from different hotels.

Visited November 2013
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“Location on map was wrong.”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

We heard from hotel reception that this market is not far. So we went there on our last day in Bangkok although it was not on our list. It's disappointing to find out that it's not easy to find. Our taxi driver couldnt find it. Asked many people on the way but not many knew the exact way. In the end a very nice 7-11 stuff drove us there with her motor cycle, whose kindness make it worth the whole day.
The market has more local people than foreigners. So it's a nice choice if you dont like crowded commercialized water market. But, do write down the address and print out a map! It's in the Taling Chan area, not by themain river.

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