The tour picked us from our hotel promptly at 6 a.m. and took us to join some other people who were also taking the tour. After quick introductions to our host, we were off through the salt field just outside of Bangkok to a place that manufactures sugar. They also have a small market and an orchid garden in the back, so it was good that we went exploring a little bit. All of the markets during the day had the same things, so we were glad that we waited to purchase later so we didn't have to carry it around.
The next stop was the dock for the long-tailed boats. We cruised through the canals and saw how many of the Thai people lived directly on the water. We arrived at the floating market 25 minutes later and had the option of exploring on foot or hiring a canoe to take us through the market. We chose to explore on foot and walked around for about an hour. Towards the end though, we were ready to move on, as we had seen everything we wanted to see.
Following the floating market, we drove to a teak market where people were carving the teakwood into various shapes and sizes. We then drove into the town of Kanchanaburi and walked through the JEATH museum. Afterward, we went to a floating restaurant over the River Kwai where we had a traditional Thai lunch with tea, soup, and curry and then rode the long-tailed boats again to the Bridge. We were given time to explore the bridge and walked across to the other side.
Following the bridge, we went to the war cemetery for a half hour and then we drove back to Bangkok. We were staying farther south from the drop-off point, so the tour guide hired a taxi to take us back.
This tour was well worth the money and the time. When I booked the tour through Travelocity, I thought we were only going to be stopping at the Floating Market and the River Kwai. We got to see what traditional Thai life was like, sample some Thai food and also see many interesting sights that we wouldn't have if we'd been on our own.