Exploring the Ancient Man-made Island of Koh Kret
During this adventure, you’ll journey from central Bangkok to Wat Sanam Nua in the town of Pak Kret, and cross the Chao Phraya River on a little boat to Koh Kret, a small island in the middle of the river.
The island is actually man-made; created 300 years ago when a channel was cut through a sharp U-bend in the Chao Phraya River, thus shortening the distance one had to travel up and down the river from Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand.
Koh Kret’s inhabitants are mainly Mon (originally, an ethnic group that dominated central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries) and they have retained a distinct identity in this Buddhist community which specializes in pottery making.
You and your guide will explore the island by bicycle (if you prefer walking, no problem!), with visits to temples, kilns and pottery shops – including a short drink stop along the way. The island is also well known for various traditional Thai desserts and snacks. On weekends there is a busy market near the pier that is mainly visited by Thai tourists.
Regardless of whether you visit the island on a weekday or weekend, it’s a great opportunity to observe local village life, not far from central Bangkok.
After returning to Pak Kret by local transport, clients can enjoy a local lunch, before hopping on a Chao Phraya River Express boat and heading back to central Bangkok.
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