Koh Kret is a small island located in Chao Phraya River in the province of Nonthaburi, and is some 2 km long and 1 km wide. It has seven main villages, the largest and most populous being Ban Mon. Of special interest are the riverside houses of a type which has changed little in a hundred years, the river based life style of the people, the traditional earthenware pottery, and several old Mon style temples, in particular Wat Paramai Yikawat with its adjoining museum.
Jump onto one of Chao Praya River’s many water taxis that dart up and down the length of Bangkok. It’s an adventure in itself: purchasing a one-day unlimited ticket for less than the price of breakfast, watching the city go by and jumping on and off for small adventures.
There is one slightly longer ride you will want to try, however, so sit back for 40 minutes and enjoy the river view as you journey to the outskirts of the city to Pakkred.
Pakkred, the final stop, will lead you to the secret destination of Koh Kret. Every tourist paradoxically dreams of a beautiful and untouched authentic place with the bare minimum of other tourists. And Koh Kret certainly provides it: an island, a village, a temple and monastery as well as a museum. It’s a tranquil green oasis spotted with lush plant life and steeped in tradition, with unchanged architecture nestled among amazing Buddha statues.
This is an all-morning or all-afternoon exploration and as you wander through the narrow side streets, you’ll bump into friendly locals and have a chance to sample real Thai cuisine made by locals for Thais and you of course.
This bizarre island village encapsulates all that is contrasting in the Big City: in one moment a sky bar, a city surrounded temple and in another a small river boat, a quiet confident beauty that is wholly reminiscent of Northern Thailand. It’s truly a place for those who want to breather in some meditative air.
Koh Kret Island opens 24 hours a day, while the temple and museum open daily from 9 am to 4 pm