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Ayothaya Floating Market & Elephant Village

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Address: 65/12 Moo 7 Pailing, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
Phone Number: 035-881733
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Cheap and cheerful, shame about the animals.

The actual market is lovely, very picturesque. The shops are very cheap, I bought a leather satchel and a leaver laptop case for 500 baht. The staff seem very friendly. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place is made for tourists but it is still a nice place to visit. A lot of small shops around a small pond. Nice to walk around and maybe to try out the local speciality Roti Sai Mai.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

Its a artificial tourist "attraction" Not worse a visit Ayutthaya has so much better to offer then this

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Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

It is such a shame and it makes me so sad when I see things like this! Poor elephants who need to work the whole day and carry the stupid tourists! The thai people might don't have the education and knowledge to know that this is a really bad thing for an elephant, or maybe the just ignore the fact,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is one tourist trap created in Ayutthaya. It's plain bad and has to be avoided at all cost. They have a row of shops selling Chinese trap, elephants that you are supposed to feed, a drugged tiger that you are expected to click a photograph with, a few goats and rabbits. Yes, I forgot. They also have some boats... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

The actual market is lovely, very picturesque. The shops are very cheap, I bought a leather satchel and a leaver laptop case for 500 baht. The staff seem very friendly. The 'floating' aspect is not really there, it's not like the photos you see, it's more like a big pond with decking built on top, that's wjere the markets are,... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Went to the floating markets more out of curiosity than anything else. Most of the stall are for the tourist market and if you like that sort of thing, the the floating markets will float your boat. Went for the elephant ride near the markets after and went for my first ride on an elephant. Not that comfortable but nice... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was an interesting enough place to visit. We strolled the souvenir stalls and had some lunch. It is pleasant enough if you make it but it isn't really at all authentic and if you don't manage to see it then you won't miss much. Next to it is the elephant village. If you want to see elephants though then... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is a total con. It is filthy, stinks, has the rudest, dumbest guides and touts, even the elephants look shifty and mean. It is a waste of time and a real let down. They are simply exploiting the idea of "Thainess" and trying to milk tourists for all we are worth. The junk on sale, the unsanitary food offerings... More 

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Antwerpen, België
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This place is a little bit outside the city center. I was expecting to see a real floating market. Unfortunately it looks more like a tourist trap in my eyes. Full of shops and overprised food. You can also ride an elephant if you have any interest in that. The thing that i hated the most was to see 6... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

the market has recently been built specially for tourism. if you are looking for the authentic floating market like the one you might have seen on a guidebook or thailand tourism promotional materials, you will be disappointed. but if you are looking for good food. this is guaranteed a good place to eat though.

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