Exploring the Mon Island Community of Koh Kret
Khiri Travel’s General Manager, Peter Weibel, was surprised to see the little island community near Bangkok advertised as a ‘new must-see hidden gem’ recently. Surprised, because Khiri Travel discovered Koh Kret long ago and already shares the experience with many of its clients.
Our Khiri Travel signature trip to Koh Kret starts with pick up at your hotel and a drive to the provincial Nonthaburi pier, just north of Bangkok. A long-tail boat then takes you up the Chao Phraya River to Koh Kret, a small man-made island in the middle of the river.
The isle is home to seven rural villages. Its inhabitants are mainly Mon – an ethnic group that once dominated central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries – and they have retained a distinct Buddhist cultural identity. They are also skilled pottery makers, and visitors can discover many examples of their beautiful work on the island.
Our guide will take clients on a biking tour around the island with visits to temples, the Tha-it Mosque, kilns and pottery shops. Of course, there’s time for a short stop for refreshments along the way.
The island is also well known for its variety of special Thai desserts and snacks, and the rural landscape makes for a picturesque upcountry-style experience. After a tasty local Thai lunch, it is time to leave this unique island and return to downtown Bangkok.