TRAVEL DATE: 9 August 2015
DESTINATION: Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province
On Sunday, I went on a Bangkok day trip to Koh Kret, an island on the Chao Phraya River. I went with Chin, my friend from Chili Paste Tours. We drove there, but it is easier enough to catch a bus to Pak Kret, and then take a ferry boat across the river to Koh Kret. It isn’t a real island. It is basically a loop in the river with a short cut canal down the Eastern side. There are no roads or high raised buildings on the island. It is a great place to explore at the weekend and to enjoy a unique culture that hasn’t changed much over the years. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:
Wat Sanam Nuea Pier,วัดสนามเหนือ,13.912918 100.491960
Wat Poramaiyikawas,วัดปรมัยยิกาวาส,13.912847 100.490248
OTOP Village,OTOP,13.913054 100.489189
Wat Phai Lom,วัดไผ่ล้อม,13.912911 100.486021
Pa Tum Pottery,โรงงานเครื่องปั้นดินเผาป้าตุ่ม,13.913383 100.485408
Wat Sao Thong Thong,วัดเสาธงทอง,13.913653 100.483085
Wat Bang Chak,วัดบางจาก,13.916210 100.484994
Rama IV Bridge,สะพานพระราม ๔,13.915039 100.494728
Go on a day trip to Koh Kret in the middle of the Chao Phraya River and get to know the Mon lifestyle and culture. Koh Kret is considered a unique cultural attraction near Bangkok. The area enclosed by the Chao Phraya River is situated in the province of Nonthaburi. It is the home for Thai-Mons whose ancestors migrated to Thailand during the Thonburi and early Rattanakosin periods. The Mon have continued to follow the same lifestyle and culture until the present day.
PHOTO ALBUM: We started our day trip at Wat Sanam Nuea where we caught a ferry boat across the river to Koh Kret for only 2 Baht. As you cross the Chao Phraya River, you will see the learning white pagoda of Wat Poramaiyikawas. This is a good starting point for your tour of the island. At the pier, you can choose to join public tours of the island for only 60 Baht. However, we opted to walk along the Northern stretch of the island. The first part goes through an OTOP Village that has local products for sale. Our first stop was Wat Phai Lom followed by Pa Tum Pottery. We next visited Wat Sao Thong Thong. This is as far as most people go, but if you like, you can rent a bicycle here for only 40 Baht to explore more of the island. However, we jumped on a cross-river ferry here for only 5 Baht to visit the giant Buddha at Wat Bang Chak. Once we had explored that temple, we came back across the river to Wat Sao Thong Thong Pier and then changed to a long tailed boat for the short journey to Rama IV Bridge. This cost only 10 Baht each. Here we had some excellent noodles under the bridge.
GETTING THERE: From Bangkok, you can take the river express boat to Nonthaburi pier and then change to passenger van for the remaining journey to Pak Kret. Alterntively, you can catch a bus or van from Minburi, Mo Chit (Chatuchak) or Victory Monument. There are even buses that pass Lumpini Park that go to Pak Kret. Once there, the simplest way is to catch a ferry boat behind Wat Sanam Nuea to Koh Kret for only 2 Baht. There are also boats from beneath Rama IV Bridge that go to Koh Kret for 10 Baht. When you arrive in Nonthaburi, you will be approached by people who will offer you 90 minute boat tours around Koh Kret for 500 Baht. The island itself is small enough to walk around or you can rent bicycles for 40 Baht. If you take the boat tour, you will be able to visit places you wouldn’t be able to reach on foot.