in 1 Ratcha Damnoen Nok Road, Maenamkwai Rd, Tha Ma Kham, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Bangkok, Thailand

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

1 Ratcha Damnoen Nok Road, Maenamkwai Rd, Tha Ma Kham, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Bangkok, Thailand

130.44 USD

1 - 9

9 hrs

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  • This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as well as Kanchanaburi, home to the bridge made even more famous by the Hollywood movie starring Alec Guiness, The Bridge on the River Kwai.

  • Around:
    • 1 Ratcha Damnoen Nok Road
    • Maenamkwai Rd, Tha Ma Kham, Mueang Kanchanaburi District
    • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Pickup: Traveler pickup is offered
    The departure time of the tour should be around 7:00 AM to make the journey the most pleasant.
    The pick-up time from your hotel will start prior to the starting of the tour and can vary with a pick-up time from 6:15 AM until 7:00 AM - depending on the location of your hotel.
    The exact pick-up time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation.

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Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 7:10 AM
  • Duration: 9 hrs

  • Price per person: $130.44
  • Size: 1 - 9 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English

  • Transport by private vehicle.
    River cruise to the floating market.
    Hotel pickup and drop off.
    Local guide.
    Entry fee to Museum and Cemetery.
    Entry/Admission - Coconut Sugar Farm.
    Entry/Admission - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
    Entry/Admission - Bridge Over the River Kwai.
    Entry/Admission - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

  • Gratuities

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Salt Evaporation Pond, Amphoe Mueang, Samut Sakhon Thailand

Drive through the salt fields of Samut Sakhon province

Stop At: Coconut Sugar Farm, 296 Dumnoen Saduak Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak Thailand

Stop and see the fabrication process of coconut sugar, taste the natural candies. Enjoy the wild orchid presentation

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Damnoun Saduak, Ratchaiburi, Damnoen Saduak 70130 Thailand

Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: War Museum, River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi Thailand

Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand - Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand

You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi Thailand

Also referred to as Si Sawat. The river used to be considered as part of the Mekong until the late 1960s but was renamed the Kwae Yai. Today, the river can also be crossed thanks to the famous bridge carrying its name.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, 284/66 Sangchuto Rd, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand

Visit The War Cemetery of the Prisoners of War of the WWII

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tour East, 942/157-159 Rama 4 Road 18-19th Floor Charn Issara Tower 1, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible.
You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Stroller accessible.
Infant seats available.
Most travelers can participate.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate


3.8 stars, based on 25 reviews

For such a long trip, the private car has to be much more confortable and new!! more space for the legs, the way back to Bangkock took almost 3 hours. The guide should add some more interesting items about Thailand during the driving time.


This is a great tour. Combination of Floating Markets and the Bridge on River Kwai is just like hitting two birds with one stone. The guide Niko gave us good information of the places we visited.


Dont bother with this tour, just take a taxi instead!

We booked a private day tour to the floating markets and bridge on the river Kwai with Tour East Thailand with Viator.

1. Pick up time - Having booked our trip through Viator we received a message that our pick up time would be 630am from our hotel lobby. Our tour guide Netsura turned up at 645am, saying she had been at our hotel since 6am, but then the driver did not arrive until 655am. Having got up this early it was not a good start.

2. Floating market - we were asked to pay 900 baht for a small boat for a 30 mins market tour, though this was not mentioned on the tour exclusions on the itinerary. This maybe optional, but how else do you see the floating market?

3. Bridge over the river Kwai - Netsura explained we should take this once in a lifetime boat trip from the JEATH museum to see the original bridge which you cant see any other way. Despite the 1000 baht charge, we went along with her suggestion, only to find the remains of the original bridge are clearly visible from the new bridge and our 5 mins boat ride is clearly a scam for tourists.

4. Throughout the trip Netsura gave very little commentary of any interest, but continually chatted to the driver whilst tapping on her iPhone. One would question why we needed a tour guide if this is the case.

We have been to many South East Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore on numerous occasions, so know that this tour falls well below an acceptable standard. Having provided feedback to Tour East and Viator, neither company seems to accept the above the unacceptable - very poor customer service!

We would certainly not be using either company again!


This tour was amazing. Our tour guide and driver were so professional, helpful and we cant recommend them highly enough.


Way too crowded with tourists trying to experience the floating markets. More like bumper boats. Literally went down the canal a short ways and then went backwards up the same canal. Werent told that there was an extra charge for the paddle boats needed to float down the canal. Disappointing for the amount of time taken to reach the market area. Thought there would be some advantage to having a private tour but there wasnt any.

Edwin C
Edwin C

The tour guide and driver were on time and very nice and accommodating. We had a good time at the floating market and River Kwai, although the floating market we went to the most touristy one was very congested and after awhile we got tired of being stuck in traffic in the canal. The guide was knowledgeable and we had a good time. The trip really does take all day. My only complaint was that we had to pay full price for my 1.5 year old daughter, which in Asia usually kids under 2 are free.

Nigel S
Nigel S

The floating markets were full of sights, sounds and smells and so interesting to just sit by the river drinking a coffee and watch everything going on around us. The visit to both the POW Cemetery and Bridge makes one feel very lucky and humble. A long day at 11 hours, but worth the experience. The guide and driver were very helpful.


Long day, but fascinating glimpse to past. Get a private tour, avoid the crowds!

Anthony W
Anthony W

Local agent came to hotel and announced she had only booking for two people, so despite having a voucher one of our party had to stay behind and lose trip he had paid for. Trip itself was heavily focussed on taking us to tourist shops where we assume commissions paid to guides

David N
David N

Our tour guide Peter and driver Mallee were just wonderful, they made our 330km round trip a great experience. They were both very professional, friendly and full of great information and advice. We will highly recommend this tour to our friends and also on TripAdvisor.

Norman N
Norman N

The guide did not show up at the hotel!

Pamala S
Pamala S must do this. Amazing. The floating markets was fun and amazing .The River Kwai bridge
was also interesting in how this was put together.


Our guides were not genuinely concerned about you having a good experience. Felt as if they wanted to check all the boxes of what you were supposed to see on the tour. We were the only ones in the tour but was not able to have any leniency to what we could do. We have done so many tours through viator and this was our only tour we felt let down.

Ricardo P
Ricardo P

This tour was amazing!

Grant G
Grant G

What a great day the tour the driver and the guide were fantastic .
It was like a family day out it was like we had know them for years.
They were so knowledgable and friendly.
Would recommend this trip to everyone.

Lorraine W
Lorraine W

Loved this tour and so glad we choose the private tour as our guide was great. Full of useful information. Took us to see the railway markets which was a bonus. The bridge and cemetery was spin chilling to think what these people went through. Definitely pay the extra 150 THB to do the boat which takes you up past all the market stalls. Very unique experience.

Cris Rimar Taoy T
Cris Rimar Taoy T

tour guide who pick us up was rude. he never informed us of our pick-up time a night before and early in the morning around 7 AM he called us in the room that he is downstairs already. I asked for a 15 minutes from him so that we could change clothes from sleeping he said no only 10 minutes to think of this is a PRIVATE TOUR!

William S
William S

Guide Chris excellent - very knowledgeable and gave his information at the right time.

Josefina R
Josefina R

Itenirary is ok but food included is extremely disappointing; we should have been given option to choose and we were willing to pay for it

Elmer T
Elmer T

Had to take a taxi from my hotel to pick up point because my hotel was not on list. I did the private tour alone but had to pay for two. Didn't see that coming until I went to checkout but I understand.

Met driver at hotel. Both of us arrived early and departed early. Car was nice, comfortable Toyota. Sunday was a great day to go since traffic was very light. We made good time to River Markets. Really cool site to see! From there we went to the Allied cemetary in Kanchanburi. Very well maintained and dignified but the city has grown up around the cemetery. Very noisy outsidd. From there we went to the Bridge. Does not look anything like the movie so don't go there with those expectations. Still very cool to see. After we had lunch in a quiet riverside resturant. Food was plentiful and very tasty. Then drove back to BKK. Did not make quite as good time but tour ended on time. Guide (sorry I forgot his name) and driver were both very good. The guide spoke very good English and was very friendly. We talked about many things the whole trip. Provided with a lot of information about the trip and Thailand in general. Super Awesome guide. Would love to do again when my wife is able to visit later this year!

Karen R
Karen R

Great to see = not sure if the locals actually use it as it did seem to be mainly tourists but fun to do.

John B
John B

A very enjoyable day. but long and tiring. Our guide was excellent and she ensured we got the most from our trip. Because we booked the private tour we were able to alter the itinery to include a ride on an elephant and offer support to the Thai elephants in a positive way. The floating market was a great experience and we highly recommend taking the boat around the market. It's very busy and the first time we have seen a 'boat jam' but this just added to the fun. Well worth a visit. The journey to visit the River Kwai is about 3 hours from Bangkok but we wouldn't have missed it or changed anything. Having a private tour was definitely a bonus for this trip. The museum and cemetery visit were thought provoking and the Thai people encourage a respectful approach from their visitors. The area around the bridge is commercialised but this is to be expected at a tourist destination that draws so may visitors. Be prepared for the increased heat and humidity at these destinations. Driving around Bangkok and surrounding areas is definitely an experience in itself and not for the faint hearted.

Danny P
Danny P

That it was in a private car, it really was better en nicer to do.
A good chauffeur en guide led us around.

Christine W
Christine W
Having a private tour is well worth doing. The tour guide allowed us to do things in our own time, explained things fully, and gave us time alone to explore afterwards. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. You should be aware that the bridge is a little scary and dangerous as there are no sides. That might just be me worrying too much!
Andrew C
Andrew C
Our trip was perfect. The guide was great with the children and her English was near perfect. We were given cold scented towels after each stop, to cool us down and had a great day. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the bridge and its history, but be warned: the bridge is very very hot. It's well worth taking the private trip to make it a more personal day out, which allows you to take longer or shorter at the attractions you are interested in, rather than hanging around for others all the time.
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