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Floating market at Damnoen Saduak

Our first adventure outside of Bangkok was a trip to Damnoen Saduak (4 hours southwest of Bangkok) to see one of the last remaining "authentic" floating markets in Thailand, where merchants row through narrow canals selling goods. These markets where quite common throughout Thailand until the canals where filled in to build modern roads! Half the adventure was getting here. Our cabby dropped us off at one of Bangkok's bus stations and shook his hand wildly at a bus right about to leave. We raced on the bus and proceeded to congratulate ourselves for catching the bus just before it departed! Thirty minutes later, a ticket collector ask us where we were going and rolled his eyes as we pointed it out on our map! It turned out we were on the wrong bus, and after several confused minutes and ambiguous hand signals, we learned that we were at least headed in the right direction. We got dropped off at a highway junction, and we walked 2km into town to catch another bus. Ten Baht (approx. 20 cents) got us on the right bus. Soon thereafter, we arrived at our destination and checked into the only hotel in town, which, not surprisingly, also offered rooms by the hour...definitely not the most charming place we stayed in on our trip. We woke up at 6am to beat the tour buses to the market, and hired a boat to get a closer look at the market and ride through the canals.

14 kinds of rice!?

Petchaburi, Cha-am, and Hua-Hin

Undaunted, we boarded another bus and continued south to Petchaburi, a small town that's home to historic temples and the king's former summer palace. We loved wandering the streets and visiting temples. It was fun to be stopped by children wanting to practice saying "halo" and shaking our hands. At one temple, we were given bread rolls and tea. The highlight, though, were the night markets -- each night people wheel in carts and set up shop to sell every imaginable food, from fresh Asian fruits to BBQ chicken to Pad Thai noodles and fiery hot curry. Everything was cheaper than we could have ever imagined.  For example, a big noodle lunch with meat and sodas for two cost $1! From Petchaburi, we headed south to Cha-am and Hua-Hin -- beach resorts for locals escaping Bangkok on weekends. After growing up in California, we were a bit under whelmed by crowded beaches, but we enjoyed ourselves by renting a scooter and driving around town, and by watching locals do aerobics, en-masse, on a boardwalk along the beach.


We also took a day trip to Ayuthaya, the capital of Thailand during the 17th century. We rented bicycles and rode around to see the temples. The architecture was very similar to what we'd seen at Angkor in Cambodia, but not nearly as grand or well preserved. Still, there was something very mystical about the overgrown temples and Buddha figures that was hard to imagine seeing anywhere else.

Questions and Answers

For day trips how many places we shall go , start time and return time, cost per person - please give the details .

I recommend 1/2 day to 1 day for each of these day trips. All the action at the floating market is in the early morning (7-10am), so you'll need to wake up before sunrise if you're leaving from Bangkok. We took the bus there the night before. It's also possible to visit Ayuthaya is 1/2 a day, but there is plenty to explore if you have a full day.
Always leave half of the day free without official program - you are on holiday and need also unscheduled time to relax by the pool, shop (start after touyr ending / location to save time), go to massage etc. during every day.

Are there any worthwhile day trips by rail from Bangkok

No, busses are faster and cheaper.
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