I recently spent the weekend at the Bangkok Tree House which is unlike anything I have experienced before. It is in an area close to Bangkok but surrounded by lush green vegetation. Here are some of the places that I visited while staying at the tree house.
It is not that easy to reach Bangkok Tree House (A). You certainly cannot just hail a taxi. That is because it is in the middle of a jungle that is only accessible by raised paths. Ideal for walking and cycling, but certainly not big enough for cars. The area around the Tree House is often called the Green Lungs of Bangkok. If you study a satellite image, you will see that all of this area is indeed green, which is in stark contrast to the concrete of Bangkok on the other side of the river. I parked my car at nearby Wat Bang Nampheung Nok. From this temple it is only a 300 meter walk to the tree house. If you don’t have your own transport, you can catch a river ferry from Wat Bang Na Nok to this temple. The green hotel has only recently been finished, and so it is more green in the way it is run, then the way it looks. But, within a few months, most of those bamboo poles will be covered in green plants. Some of which you can eat if you feel so inclined. Visit their Facebook and website for more information.
The eco-friendly Tree House is a great place to come and relax. It was very tempting just to stay there all day and enjoy the nature or watch the rice barges pass by in front of me. But, if you are feeling a bit energetic, you can also borrow one of their bicycles to go off exploring. Nearby is the popular Bang Nampheung Floating Market (B). It is open only at the weekend from early morning until about mid-afternoon. If you are a foodie then you have a real treat in store. They have such a wide selection of meals and snacks that I could easily have eaten here all day. There are also locally made handicraft at the market. Next, you could set off exploring the area on raised pathways (C). There are many of these which you won’t find on any map. Some are dead ends but most connect small communities. I was cycling around for most of the day and I hardly rode on the main road. To the south of here is the Mon Cultural Museum (D). It is beneath the mega bridges which are called Bhumipol 1 and Bhumipol 2. The museum tells the story and culture of the local Mon people. There is also a display on the building of the bridges. The museum is open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to enter and the displays are in English and Thai.
To the north of this area is Bang Kachao sub-district. Here you will find Si Nakhon Khuen Khan Park (E). From the Treehouse it only took me about 35 minutes to ride here along the elevated pathways (see map of my route). This is like an oasis within an area that is already very green. Popular with birdwatchers and kids who want to play on rented boats. Quite a few of the bicycle tour companies in Bangkok bring their foreign guests through this park. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nearby is the Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery (F). It is only open at the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to look at the fish and walk around the grounds. But don’t go expecting to actually see a fight! Near here there is a pier (G) which brings people across the river from Khlong Toei. Boat costs 5 Baht. At the pier on this side you can rent bicycles for 50 Baht for one hour or 100 Baht for all day. Make sure that you check the tyres and brakes before you rent.
A Bangkok Tree House @13.680496,100.584839
B Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market @13.680458,100.575859
C Elevated Pathways @13.679431,100.580939
D Mon Cultural Museum @13.665666,100.537117
E Si Nakhon Khuen Khan Park @13.697104,100.564674
F Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery @13.699908,100.562561
G Pier @13.704140957019,100.56278833862