Ko Kret is a small island located right outside of Bangkok – only a short 20km away. This isn’t your typical white sand beach island you may think of when you think of Thai islands. It is located on the Chao Phraya River, and is a perfect getaway that both Thai locals and foreigners can enjoy to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. The island is best known for the Mon tribes that reside here, along with their beautiful pottery. Although, on any given weekend it can at times feel like you are in any normal (and crowded) Bangkok market. There are no cars on the island, so if the crowds get to be too much, it is easy to go off the beaten path and find peace and solitude. The island is a nice break from Bangkok, being able to enjoy both the beautiful nature and the riverside views.
Getting there: The fastest way to reach Ko Kret from Bangkok is by taking bus 166 from energetic Victory Monument. It is direct, and costs only 18 baht one way. Once you are dropped off at your destination, you can either walk (approximately 500m) or take a motorbike to the pier, which is located behind Wat Sanam Neva, and take the 2 baht ferry ride across to the island.
If you have more time (and a larger budget) then perhaps a more scenic and enjoyable way to get to the island is by taking one of the many boat tours from the Central Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin) in Bangkok – these range in prices, but will take you to multiple destinations along the Chao Phraya River, including Ko Kret.
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Katie Davos, on-site intern