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AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET
Tour Overview :
Thailand offers variety of package tours, the Amphawa Floating Market is one of the most exciting and colorful places to visit in Thailand today. Your trip to Thailand will be worthwhile. It is just an hour and a half away from Bangkok.
Anything that one could possibly want to buy is available at this market; food, souvenirs, decorative items for the house, desserts, refreshments and so much more.
Unfortunately, this market is only open 3 days a week -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.
If you have a chance to visit Bangkok, don’t miss this tour! You will never forget the fantastic atmosphere and the remarkable scenery around the market. The boat ride along the Maeklong River, and the small canal along the floating market, will become an unforgettable memory of your trip to Thailand.
Amphawa is one of the farming districts to the southeast of Bangkok. It is rich in the beautiful scenery of fruit plantations, orchards, and a traditional way of life surrounded by man-made canals. The floating market actually developed in order to support the economic activities of the farmers.
Our program begins in the afternoon, taking a fascinating trip to explore a new floating market. It is a great opportunity to observe the actual way of life that has evolved from earlier ways of living to today.
Upon our arrival at the Amphawa Floating Market, we board a small, traditional vessel and explore the local lifestyle of the people along the Meklong River, as well as the floating market, where vendors are selling fresh fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, decorative items and food along narrow canals and waterways. When the boat ride ends, you will have some time to continue your explorations on your own.
Walking along the canal and through the marketplace, which has an enormous variety of locally-made products, will be a fascinating experience, creating unforgettable memories.
One can add even more color to this trip by taking a short walk further into the fruit plantation area, or by taking an optional boat ride along the canals.
Enjoy plenty of thai foods, fruit, desserts, etc.
Departure Date :
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tour Inclusion :
* Private tour and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
* English speaking guide
* 1 bottle of water and cold towel
Tour Exclusion :
* Other services than mentioned
* Gratuities, personal expenses, drinks, and other items
Terms and Conditions :
A deposit of 50% of the tour price per person by credit card or bank transfer plus bank charges (processing fees) is required upon confirmation of your booking, or at least three weeks prior to clients’ arrival or any option date given in our reply facsimile of e-mail at the time of booking. Once a deposit is received it is understood that you have read, understood and accepted all our Terms and Conditions.
The remaining balance of the tour price (50%) is due upon your arrival in Thailand, payable at our Essence of Asia-Travel office in Bangkok. Cash is preferred to reduce any processing fees that may affect your cost.
Payment can be by bank draft or Swift transfer pay-in to our bank account.
Any payment for tours, hotels, air tickets or other services will be made after the clients agree to the price. To confirm any booking the payments must be made in advance before your arrival in Bangkok or others city as stated on the program. That means we can guarantee all arrangements.
If payments made by bank transfer, to confirm those payments the clients must fax to us the bank slip to the fax number (++66 2 628 6812) and our accountant can follow monies.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT
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Note: When you pay by Credit Card, please add 3% of bank commission (see payment guide).....
REMARK: All bank service charges will be born by the payee.
1. If payment is by credit card, an additional 3 – 5 % will be added on to our rates given.
2. Name of bank and account number Essence of Asia-Travel
3. Bank draft or cashier’s cheque to be mailed to Essence of Asia-Travel
4. Company cheques or personal cheques are not acceptable.
REFUND – CANCELLATION
All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to us via fax or email. The following rules apply for cancellations:
1. Deposits are fully refundable if our office in Bangkok receives the amendment or collation not less than 60 days in advance.
2. More than fourteen (14) days and less than Twenty one (21) days prior to departure: The total deposit paid to us (20% or US$ 200) less the administrative fee in accordance with canceling advanced arrangements, will be valid for o¬ne (1) year from the date the deposit was received. During this time (365 days) the amount can be applied to other tours and services. After o¬ne (1) year the deposit amount is forfeited.
3. Less than fourteen (14) days prior to departure: Complete forfeiture of deposit, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
Cancellation fees will be levied according to the time cancellation is made.
4. No refund or reduction will be made to any member of GROUP / FIT who breaks the journey from the itinerary or any part of the itinerary in Thailand, Myanmar or Indochina.
5. Once the trip has commenced, no refund can be given for any unused portion of the trip.
Any additional charges for second amendment, a nominal fee for our communication and services will be added.
No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members.
Travel documents will be compiled after the deposit has been received and are sent two or three weeks prior to departure. These documents will be sent via email, and should be printed out by participants and retained as a receipt.
PEAK SEASON SUPPLEMENTS
During the tourist high season in Thailand from November until April all hotels will add a high-season supplement charge to the annual contract room rates. Full payment should be made before guests arrive, plus the cost of the compulsory Gala Dinners on Christmas and New Year's Eve. These surcharges will be added to our contract rate to you when your booking is confirmed.
Other local carrier in each country is included as mentioned in the itinerary. Air schedules are subject to change and ESSENCE OF ASIA-TRAVEL cannot be held responsible for any problems caused by such changes for delays.
All rates are quoted in US Dollars (USD) or Thai Baht (THB) net and rates descriptions are based on our own contract rates. We reserve the right to change rates given without prior notice.
This information is valid at the time of publication but is subject to change without prior notice. However, should any changes occur, they will be posted o¬n the website immediately. However, should the Terms and Conditions change after the deposit is paid, the Terms and Conditions under which the deposit was paid shall apply.
Day by Day Itinerary :
Date 1 : 14.00 - 20.30
14.00 Depart from the hotel by private car to Samutsongkram Province which is located southwest of Bangkok. During our approximately one hour drive, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and some interesting areas along the roadside; for example, areas for salt production, as well as shops and stalls selling dried seafood products and salt.
15.00 Begin our walking tour through an amazing local market located on a train track, known among the foreigners as the “train track market”. We learn how people make a living by selling various kinds of fruits, seafood, sweets, and vegetables, as well as local products, on the train track.
There will also be an opportunity to observe how the local vendors move their products off the train track when the train comes.
15.30 Continue by private car from the market to the Ampawa district. Upon our arrival, we take a walking tour around the Ampawa Floating Market. The market is lively, colorful and very popular among the local population. Most significantly, it has retained its original, unique and typical characteristics, unspoiled by outside marketing influences. You will enjoy your opportunity to observe the fascinating activities, and to sample all kinds of food that the vendors sell; seafood, fruits, drinks, refreshments, as well as souvenirs. Time will also be available to sit down and enjoy the variety of things going on along the canal, just like the locals do!
17.30 We continue our adventure at the Ampawa Floating Market by boarding a small traditional vessel at the market pier, and riding along the Meklong River to explore the local lifestyle. During our 45-minute journey, we enjoy the breeze along the river as we allow the authentic feelings of the local way of life to surround us. We cruise into the canals of the market area and shop around from boat to boat. After the boat ride is over, we walk around the market and continue our explorations among the vendors on land. Time will also be made available to visit the fruit plantation behind the market area.
18.15 Arrive back at the market pier with some free time on your own to shop or dine.
19.00 Drive back to Bangkok.