On Sunday, I decided catch a boat across the river to an area in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan nicknamed “The Lungs of Bangkok”. This area, sometimes called Bangkachao, is an artificial island created by a giant loop in the Chao Phraya River and a shortcut irrigation canal. The area is relatively undeveloped as there are restrictions on the height of buildings. Officially they are also no hotels but you will find resorts and homestays. There is a bridge for people to drive there, but many people take a boat to one of the two major piers.
Date of travel: Sunday 26th January 2020
Today the weather is very good and so I’m on my way to Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan to explore the “Green Lungs of Bangkok”. I took my e-scooter to BTS Bang Na and then the cross-river ferry from Wat Bang Na Nok to Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nok. The scooter was free on both the skytrain and the ferry.
If you don’t have an e-scooter, then you can take a motorcycle taxi or a meter taxi from the top of the road near BTS Bang Na to the cross-river pier at Wat Bang Na Nok. It is only a short ride. The boat is only 4 Baht for passengers. You can also cross on this boat with your motorcycle if you have one.
📍Wat Bang Na Nok Pier: https://goo.gl/maps/oxwxneixyQeKS5vu5
Both piers on Bangkachao in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan have bicycle rentals. Cost is 50 Baht per day including free map. I’m at the one by Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nok. You need to give them some ID like a photocopy of your passport. Don’t give the original!
📍 Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nok Pier: https://goo.gl/maps/DBQNd4tRUbM3XffWA
SCOOTA Thailand now has e-scooters for rent at the two main piers on Bangkachao. You can download their app and then pay as you go.
This is the free map that they give you when you rent a bicycle. I also put together a Google Map list of the places that I planned to visit on this trip. I will add more places later.
Really great weather today for a cycle ride, or in my case, scootering. No worries about smog or coronavirus today. I’m on Bangkachao which is an artificial island created by a large loop in the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakan. I highly recommend you come for the day.
Bicycle rental is from only 50 Baht. It’s a great and safe place to cycle as there are many elevated paths like this one. There is basically only one main road on the island and it is easy to avoid. The side roads are less busy and much safer. But be carefel of fellow cyclists! There’s also a very good weekend riverside market called Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market.
On this Google Map you can how a giant loop in the river and the shortcut canal in the narrow part has made it an artificial island. If you have ever flown over Bangkok, this area is very noticeable as the island looks very green in contrast to the concrete jungle on the Bangkok side of the river.
I haven’t been to Bangkachao for a few years and some of the new cycle routes have changed with new cafes and restaurants. I will need to come back and map them all.
This one is Hidden Woods. A very nice location alongside the river. There is also a lookout tower. They mainly have drinks but also a limited food menu.
One of my favorite weekend riverside markets is Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market (ตลาดบางน้ำผึ้ง บางกะเจ้า) in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan. Though I guess I’m biased as I live near here and have been many times.
Whenever I have a visitor at the weekend, I often bring them here. Lots of great food and also local products on sale. It’s now more spread out since its early years and so you cannot really call it a floating market in the traditional sense. It’s more of a market near a river.
One of the things that I like about the e-scooter is that it doesn’t take up much space. It wasn’t really a problem walking with it through the market and even bringing it into the restaurants. The handlebar can fold down too which makes it even smaller. If you come here with a bicycle you would need to leave it outside the market.
Lunch time at Bang Nam Pheung floating Market in Samut Prakan. Spicy Tom Yum noodles with chicken. Only 40 Baht.
One of the popular destinations for cyclists on Bangkachao is the Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery. It is open at the weekends from 10am-5pm. Entry is free.
You are allowed to explore the gardens around the lake. Along the driveway there are some interesting information boards about Samut Prakan province.
This place is called Get Growing Community Farm and is in Bangkachao, Phra Pradaeng District of Samut Prakan. They have workshops and other activities for children. But the highlight is the giant wooden horse that is part of the adventure playground.
Weekend prices for the playground are 250 Baht for children 0-5 years, 450 Baht for children 6-18 years and 100 Baht for supervising adults. Weekday prices are 150B/250B/50B. They also have one day passes that include activities and lunch.
My favorite park in Samut Prakan Province is Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden in Bang Kachao, Phra Pradaeng District. Very popular with cyclists and nature watchers. Busy at the weekends and so best to come during the week if you can.
A giant Ganesha statue in Bangkachao, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan.
That’s a wrap on my afternoon in Bangkachao in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan. I hope you enjoyed my photos and I’ve inspired you to visit. Here is a Google map list of all of the places that I visited. I will be back soon to map it some more.