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Ayothaya Floating Market & Elephant Village

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Address: 65 12 Pailing | Pailing Subdistrict, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
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Phone Number: 035-881733
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Not as impressive as hoped

Not really a floating market, but very touristy. Very quiet on weekdays, animals seemed unhappy and force fed. There are various shows and stalls to buy things but it doesn't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
laurayinmay
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Udine, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't waste your time and money!! There is nothing special to see!! Please don't go They include a free ride with the boat which it takes 5 minutes. The shops and restaurants are more expensive then any other place. A horrible trap 4 tourists Thailand has changed!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't bother, it's overrated, shops sold junk, you are sucked in to take a boat around the smelly water thinking you were being taken to the 'floating' market, it was overcrowded even for a week day, overly noisy with store vendors screaming out to sell junk or food and the poor elephants made to walk around carrying tourists in the... More 

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Luxembourg
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not even worth going - they ask you for 200 bath per person, even small children above 1m high to go to the floating market... And this is before you even wanted, or not, to buy something. Around the market you have the animal show but everything is to be paid, even the picture you take yourself of the elephant.... More 

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Thank Tangiant
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is definitely a tourist trap. Luckily it was included in our excursion otherwise I wouldn't have paid to come to this place. Our tour advertised this floating market as the real one which is located in another village outside of Bangkok. This is not a floating market. You pay 200 bahts to enter. First they take you on... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Joined a local tour and got surprise in this northern Thai style floating market. Souvenirs and food was different from that found in Bangkok. Tasty "black looking mei fan" with soup made from pig's blood; inexpensive but tasty Durian; rich and cool green tea.....However, BE WARE IN taking photo with animals with you or your friends, they will charge you... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ayothaya is one of historical site with a lot of shops, great show performance and variety of restaurants. Very famous must try Ayutthaya style noodle, very tasty. There also souvenir shop from local craft, clothing. It is very good to stop by.

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Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The floatin market in itself is just for tourists, you have to pay an entrance fee, very strange. The rest of the market is full of abused elephants. Very sad to see. The process of making these beautiful wild animals 'tame' so they can walk around with stupid tourists is horrible. You can see the scars on their faces and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not really a floating market, but very touristy. Very quiet on weekdays, animals seemed unhappy and force fed. There are various shows and stalls to buy things but it doesn't seem very handmade or authentically local. More china mass produced products. But if you have nothing to do, go for a walk and find things to eat. Horrible traffic on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I very much enjoyed the elephant village. We took a boat to the village and watched the elephants take a bath, then went back to the elephant village and had an opportunity to interact up close and personal. We thought our trip included a elephant ride, but my daughter was happy without it so still a great... More 

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Thank Travelbum2005
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The market was not really floating, although you could get on a tourist gondola. The market is free for Thai people, but foreign visitors need to pay 200 baht to get in. Although elephant rides are a Thai tradition, we were not triggered to hop on one because of animal welfare considerations. All in all we believe this activity is... More 

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