THAILAND – Nakhon Pathom – Don Wai Market and private cooking class along the river


Art & Culture, Classic, Family, Gastronomy, Honeymoon, Sustainable

Country - City

Nakhon Pathom

Price Level


Max pax

30 pax


All year Round

Arrival city


Departure city



After being welcomed by their host, guests will enter Don Wai Market, years ago used to be floating market but nowadays almost entirely brought back to the land but still keeping the authentic and local atmosphere far from the usual touristic markets.

The host, native of the area, will first  guide the guest entrance the market through the temple. An opportunity for them to learn about buddhism and thai culture, before entering the colorful market where guests will taste, learn and all about foods, fruits, locals ingredients while the host a renowned chef will buy some ingredients for the day.

After a little hour of visit, it will be time to go to the jetty to embark a little boat onboard which, the host will drive the guests along a peaceful fifteen minutes cruise through scenic scenery with floating gardens, water hyacinths until reaching a peaceful house along the river where the approximate  cooking class will take place. After (1h30 – 2h) (depending guests’ ability) getting the hand dirty and listening to the advice of the chef between laughs and lesson, it will be time to take place to the table (on the terrace overlooking the river or in the air conditioned dining room) to taste the work of the day !

Selling points

  • To experience one of the oldest market of Thailand, combined private cooking class by a renowned chef 2 iconic aspects of thai culture in one day.
  • To offer a combination between culture, gastronomic experience and encounter with a passionate character
  • To have a gastronomic experience in the countryside far away from the too often seen big cities’ gastronomic experiences
  • An hidden tropical garden for a relaxing lunch overlooking a river.

Time And Transportation

From To Km Duration Road condition
Sukhumvit Area Don Wai 40 40 minutes – 1 hour Car – Often Traffic Jam
Silom/Sathorn Area Don Wai 35 35 minutes – 1 hour Car – Often Traffic Jam
Riverside Area Don Wai 30  40 minutes Car Often Traffic Jam
BTS Siam
(Sukhumvit area)
BTS Bang Wa 15 – 25 50 minutes BTS (Sky Train)
BTS Saphan Taksin (Riverside) BTS BTS Bang Wa 10 20 minutes BTS (Sky Train)
BTS Bang Wa Don Wai 30 35 minutes – 50 minutes Car – Often Traffic Jam
Don Wai Kanchanaburi 140 1h 50min – 2 hours Car – Often Traffic Jam
Don Wai Sai Yoke 195 2h 50min – 3h 10min Car
Don Wai Ayuthaya 105 1h15 – 1h30 Car


  • Morning activity only – approximate – 5 hours – From 09:00 to 13:30 – 14:00 (approximate)

Min pax


Max pax


How to sell it

  • A less touristy market experience than the crowdy Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa
  • One of the oldest market of Thailand, to sell as formerly a floating market but now set up on the land.
  • An encounter with the host: a unique joyful and passionnate personality, chef and former guide in Austria.
  • An opportunity to discover a century old Market: Don Wai Market: for sure not floating that Damnoen Saduak but with a nice history and still preserved from mass tourism
  • A short 20 minutes gentle cruise in a wooden boat driven by the hosts, to witness the peaceful life along a nice river (Tha Chin River): very picturesque scenes of river bank and wildlife, finally much worthing an anonymous boat ride on the crowdy Damonen Saduak and with a boat driver guests will share a moment with.
  • A inventive and artistic cuisine to decline the basic of thai food with unique knowhow: a real gastronomic experience
  • A relaxing escape in the countryside next door to Bangkok.
  • Finally a possibility to be back in Bangkok around 16h00 (depending the traffic Jam) with still some time left to enjoy hotel facilities.

Why this activity

  • Offering a cooking class but with more encounter and sharing perspective
  • Combine culture, peaceful countryside experience with a real encounter

Do not combine with

  • Another Cooking Class
  • Green Escape along the canal: could be similar experience and maybe too much eating experience in one day
  • Any Full day tour in Bangkok

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Competitor comparison

  • Proposed already to Khiri but we have a good relation with Khun Aoy always open to listen to our customization needs.


  • Close to Bangkok A real gastromomic experience.
  • Easy to book
  • A possibility to be back in mid afternoon in Bangkok: so opportunities for the guests to enjoy hotel facilities or do something by their own in the evening.
  • The experience of Khun Aoy who use to live in Austria, be a guide abroad and have knowledge of westerners needs and expectation.
  • The partner of Khun Aoy, Khun Tien (vietnamese lady) who is married with a french person and have experience
  • The personality of Khun Aoy: a real encounter and always caring to satisfy his guests.
  • A real story telling about Don Wai area and Aoywann area.
  • The stroll on the river finally is a nice added value as it a real peaceful and sightseeing river experience sunset cruise.
  • An escape from the bustle of the city


  • Located in Nakhon Pathom: 45-1h of Bangkok. The drive back to Bangkok might face some traffic jam sometimes
  • An outside activity: could be hot in the garden
  • The veranda with Air con is nice but people could be disappointed as it s not the same atmosphere that on the terrace.


Recommended program timing: (will be adjusted depending guest interest and timing of departure from Bangkok)

  • 09:00: Arrive at Don Wai Market and meet your host
  • 09:00 – 09:15: Short visit of the temple and explanation about Buddism and thai culture (depending interest of the guests)
  • 09:15 – 10:15: visit of Don Wai Market guided by your host
  • 10:15 – 10:35: approximate 20 min cruise on the river to reach the private cooking place
  • 10:35 – 11:00 : welcome with homemade tea and snack
  • 11:00 – 12:30 – cooking class: timing will depend of guests interest and ability. Could last until 2h.
  • 12:30 – 13:30-14:00 – Lunch on the terrace or in the Air Con Veranda.


Important information

  • Khun Aoy the host and chef hosting the guests is also in charge of the restaurant. In case of crowdy affluence, she might be required to help her team but  she will join the clients
    for the most part of the dinner to explain about the dishes and the ingredients
     and talk.
    But production also recommend her to let the guests enjoy their privacy if they need.

Price range

2400 (4 pax basis) - 5-12 (2100 pax basis)

Quotation guideline

Please refer to contract



  • Don Wai Temple and Market visit
  • A welcome housemade tisane and Thai Sweet
  • A surprise do it yourself appetizer, plus an amuse bouche
  • 3 courses cooking class
  • 1 Thai beer OR 1 signature mocktail per client.
  • Pitchers of herb-infused water



  • Transportation
  • Guide fees
  • Wine and other alcohol not mention in the inclusions
  • Tip

Important notes

  • For guests agree to support long public transportation BTS ride, possible to use it until Bang Wa. Meeting point for private vehicle can be made here to Don Wai. (it s a way to avoid traffic jam). BUT WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND DOING PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION WITH PICK UP AT HOTEL (the only risk is some potential traffic jam: depending hotel location: departure time shall be adjusted accordingly)
  • In case of english speaking guests, sales must consider if they really need a guide to go along. As khun Aoy is english speaking. We can make the economy of a guide in case of cheap budget
  • Khun Aoy is also German speaking as she used to guide thai tourist is Austria
  • Associate of Khun Aoy, is a vietnamese lady Tien, they are best friend and Tien is usually taking care of contracting from abroad: she is always travelling but when she is in Thailand she might participate to the encounter with the guest and tells the story of the restaurant
  • Activity must be booked in advance: 14 days for Activity 2 (Sunset Dinner Cruise for VIP clients) prior to service date.

Special Guide notes

  • Guide can stay along and help to translate in case of third language needed but Khun Aoy is speaking very good english and german as well.

Different Choicess


  • Aoywaan Riverside Thai Cuisine
  • 1/3 Moo 13 Rai Khing, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom 73210 THAILAND
    Phone: +66 (0)94 539 9949
  • Contact person: Khun Aoy –

Payment by bank transfer.


Don Wai Market and private cooking class along the river

Only one hour’s drive from Bangkok and surprisingly far from the hustle and bustle of the city lies the century-old market of Don Wai. It used to be floating a long time ago, but is now unfairly neglected by the tourists in favour of other more mainstream floating markets. It still retains its charm of yesteryear with its bucolic temple, and remains a meeting place for locals. Today your host, a native of the area, will offer to tell you the story of Don Wai; its temple and Buddhism, but above about the market and the best goods to buy or taste here!

You will then embark on her small boat for a short cruise on the Tha Chin River to reach her house which she decided to turn into a restaurant. It is in this peaceful tropical atmosphere, in her garden, that your host will share with you her passion for cooking and beautiful things. A cooking class just for you, to discover unknown flavours and recipes, to slice, cut and prepare, before tasting your homemade dishes. A real moment of cultural interchange awaits you with flavours and the simple joys of life to boot.

Duration of activity: approximately 5 hours from 09:00 to 14:00
Meal included: Lunch (cooked by guests)
Please inform us in case of allergies or dietary restrictions.
All year round


Marché de Don Wai et cours de cuisine privé au bord de la rivière

À seulement une heure de route de Bangkok et de l’animation de la ville, se trouve le marché centenaire de Don Wai. Il s’agissait autrefois d’un marché flottant, mais il a été indûment délaissé par les touristes en faveur d’autres sites plus populaires de ce type. Il conserve toutefois son charme d’antan avec son temple bucolique et demeure un point de convergence pour les habitants. Aujourd’hui, votre hôte, une cheffe originaire de la région, vous racontera l’histoire de Don Wai, de son temple et du bouddhisme, mais surtout du marché et des meilleurs produits à y acheter ou y déguster !

Vous embarquerez ensuite sur son petit bateau pour une rapide croisière sur la rivière Tha Chin jusqu’à sa maison, qu’elle a décidé de transformer en restaurant. Dans l’ambiance paisible de son jardin tropical, votre hôte vous fera partager sa passion de la cuisine et des belles choses. Un cours de cuisine rien que pour vous, pour découvrir des recettes et saveurs inconnues, vous donnant l’occasion de trancher, tailler et préparer les ingrédients, avant de goûter les plats que vous aurez vous-même préparés. Un vrai moment d’échange culturel vous attend, agrémenté de nouveaux parfums et de plaisirs simples de la vie.

Durée de l’activité : environ 5 heures, de 09 h à 14 h
Repas inclus : déjeuner (cuisiné par les participants)
Notes :
Merci de nous prévenir en cas d’allergies ou de restrictions alimentaires.
Activité proposée toute l’année.


Mercado Don Wai y clase de cocina privada junto al río

A solo una hora en coche de Bangkok, y sorprendentemente alejado del bullicio de la ciudad, se encuentra el centenario mercado de Don Wai. Hace mucho tiempo era un mercado flotante, pero ahora es injustamente ignorado por los turistas a favor de otros mercados flotantes más populares. Sigue conservando el encanto de antaño, con su bucólico templo, y sigue siendo un punto de encuentro para los habitantes locales. En la actualidad, su anfitrión, nativa de la zona, se ofrecerá a contarle la historia de Don Wai, su templo y el budismo, pero le hablará sobre todo del mercado y de los mejores productos que puede comprar o probar allí.

Luego se subirá a su pequeño barco para dar un corto paseo por el río Tha Chin hasta llegar a su casa, que decidió convertir en un restaurante. En ese tranquilo ambiente tropical, en su jardín, su anfitrión compartirá con usted su pasión por la cocina y las cosas hermosas. Una clase de cocina solo para usted, para que pueda descubrir sabores y recetas desconocidos, así como a rebanar, cortar y preparar, antes de probar sus platos caseros. Le espera todo un momento de intercambio cultural además de los sabores y los placeres sencillos de la vida.

Duración de la actividad: aproximadamente 5 horas, de 9:00 a 14:00 h
Comidas incluidas: almuerzo (preparado por los invitados)
Avísenos si tiene alergias o alguna restricción alimenticia.
Durante todo el año


Mercato di Don Wai e corso di cucina privato lungo il fiume

A solo un’ora di macchina da Bangkok e incredibilmente lontano dal frastuono della città si trova il secolare mercato di Don Wai. Un tempo era un mercato galleggiante, ma nonostante oggi venga ingiustamente trascurato dai turisti a favore di altri mercati galleggianti più tradizionali, conserva ancora un fascino d’altri tempi e, con il tempio che si trova nelle vicinanze, rimane un luogo d’incontro per i locali. Oggi il vostro ospite, originaria della zona, si offrirà di narrarvi la storia di Don Wai, del suo tempio e del buddismo, ma soprattutto del mercato e dei migliori prodotti che si possono acquistare o gustare in questo luogo.

Salirete poi a bordo della sua piccola barca per una breve crociera sul fiume Tha Chin fino alla sua casa trasformata in un ristorante. È nella tranquilla atmosfera del suo giardino che il vostro ospite condividerà con voi la sua passione per la cucina e le cose belle. Un corso di cucina solo per voi, per farvi scoprire sapori e ricette sconosciuti, dove imparerete ad affettare, tagliare e preparare, prima di gustare i vostri piatti fatti in casa. Un vero e proprio momento di interscambio culturale, per godere dei sapori e delle semplici gioie della vita.

Durata dell’attività: circa 5 ore, dalle 9:00 alle 14:00
Pasti inclusi: Pranzo (cucinato dagli ospiti)
Vi preghiamo di informarci in caso di allergie o restrizioni dietetiche.
Disponibile tutto l’anno


Don Wai Market und privater Kochkurs am Fluss

Nur eine Fahrstunde von Bangkok entfernt und dennoch überraschend weit weg vom Trubel und der Hektik der Stadt liegt der jahrhundertealte Don Wai Market. Der Markt, der einst auch auf dem Wasser stattfand, wird heute von Touristen zu unrecht zugunsten der beliebteren Floating Markets vernachlässigt. Mit seinem malerischen Tempel hat er sich den Charme vergangener Zeiten bewahrt und ist ein Treffpunkt für die Einheimischen. Heute wird Ihnen die Einheimische ihr Gastgeber die Geschichte von Don Wai, seinem Tempel und dem Buddhismus erzählen, doch vor allem wird sie Ihnen den Markt zeigen und Ihnen Tipps zu den feilgebotenen Waren und Lebensmitteln geben, die Sie unbedingt kaufen oder probieren sollten!

Dann fahren Sie mit ihrem kleinen Boot über den Tha Chin River zu ihrem Haus, das sie in ein Restaurant verwandelt hat. In ihrem friedlichen tropischen Garten wird ihr Gastgeber ihre Leidenschaft für das Kochen und schöne Dinge mit Ihnen teilen. Ein ganz privater Kochkurs, bei dem Sie exotische Aromen und Rezepte entdecken und köstliche Gerichte zubereiten und anschließend genießen können. Freuen Sie sich auf interkulturellen Austausch und neue Geschmackserlebnisse und genießen Sie die einfachen Freuden des Lebens.

Dauer der Aktivität: circa 5 Stunden von 9 bis 14 Uhr
Inbegriffene Mahlzeiten: Mittagessen (von den Teilnehmern zubereitet)
Bitte informieren Sie uns, falls Sie an Allergien leiden oder besondere Diätvorschriften einhalten müssen.