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.
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