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
TRAVEL DATE: 5 February 2017
DESTINATION: Nonthaburi Province
Every year, a free boat trip is organized to visit nine temples and shrines in Nonthaburi province. This is mainly of interest to Thai Buddhists as a way to make merit. Nine is an auspicious number and it is fashionable these days togo on trips to worship at nine different temples in a row. The starting point for this trip is in front of the Museum of Nonthaburi. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 12 June 2016
Not many people realize that Bangkok has its own coastline. However, its not white sandy beaches as there are only mangroves and shrimp farms. But, it is an area worth exploring which is exactly what I did on Sunday. I drove down there taking my bicycle and drone. I also did two boat trips. The highlights were the mangrove forest walks and the restaurant on stilts above the sea. During the trip I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. You can see these live tweets here. There is a lot more to discover and so I will be back soon to do some more exploring.
TRAVEL DATE: 5 September 2015
DESTINATION: Chachoengsao Province
At the weekend, I took the British and Canadian ambassadors and their families on a day trip to Chachoengsao. This province is to the East of Bangkok and is easily reached by train and bus. But, if you want to visit some of the more out of the way places like us, it is easier if you can arrange your own transport. Many taxi drivers will allow you to hire them for the day. I did a similar trip last year (see here) but I think the timing and variety of attractions on this trip was much better. Less exhausting at least. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 15 August 2015
DESTINATION: Samut Prakan Province
On Saturday, I went on a Bangkok day trip to Samut Prakan with my friends Chin from Chili Paste Tours and David Luekens from Travelfish. As this was my backyard, I was the tour guide this time round. Highlights of the tour were Phra Samut Chedi, Phra Chulachomklao Fortress, Ban Sakhla and Wat Khun Samut Chin. Our starting point was Paknam Market where you can catch a boat across the river to Phra Samut Chedi. You can travel to the other destinations by songtaew from the pier, but it is much easier if you have your own car like we did. During the trip I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see the embedded tweets from the trip.
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.
TRAVEL DATE: 24 August 2014
DESTINATION: Nakhon Pathom Province
On Sunday I went on a daytrip with a group of friends to the nearby Nakhon Pathom province. The plan was to visit four attractions which included two floating markets. But, in the end we only visited two places as we stayed longer than we had planned. Plus we ate a lot of food at Don Wai which is a foodies paradise. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 3 August 2014
DESTINATION: Chachoengsao Province
On Sunday I took a group of friends on a day trip to Chachoengsao Province to the East of Bangkok. It was a full day as we arrived at our first destination at 9 a.m. for breakfast and we didn’t get home until sunset. Like most trips of this nature, it is difficult if not impossible to do with public transport. You either need your own car or rent a taxi for the day. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.