Now that I am settled into my new life as a resident of Bangkok, I have begun to branch out and explore the areas around Thailand’s largest city and capital. One such area is the island of Ko Kret, which is actually unlike the beautiful beach islands in the south; because it is an island in the middle of the great Chao Phraya River located approximately 10 miles north of Bangkok.

Ko Kret spirit house and buddha

Getting To Ko Kret

As with most destinations in Thailand, there are numerous ways to get to Ko Kret… some quick and expensive, other cheap and slow. I choose the cheap and slow method, which of course ended up being the same cost as the fast and expensive method because I had no idea what I was doing and screwed it up.  However, in theory, it could have been cheap.

  • The fastest way is to take the Chao Phraya express boat on Sunday mornings from the Central Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin). It leaves at 9am and makes a couple short stops along the way. Cost 300 baht or $9.
  • The cheapest way is to take the bus or a minivan from Victory Monument to the Pak Kret market, then jump on the ferry to cross the river onto the island. Cost is about $1.
  • You can hire a cab for about 500 baht or $15 to bring you straight to the ferry as well.
  • If you wake up early you can jump on the green flag boat from the Central Pier and for 20 baht you can be at Ko Kret in an hourish on the weekdays.
  • Jason on a bike in Ko Kret outside Bangkok, Thailand

    After You Get There

    Anyhow, you can figure out how to get there using a combination of the above. I took the bus from Victory Monument, but forgot to get off at the right stop, then had to take a cab back to the market, and on the way back I took a cab to Nonthaburi Pier and hopped on the green flag boat back to Bangkok.

    I really recommend going on a weekday, because many local Bangkokians like to make the trip on the weekend which means crowds… and I hate crowds. If you go during the week, you will be one of the only tourists on the island. You can rent a bike right after you get off the ferry for about 40 baht or $1.25 and zip around the perimeter of the island. I recommend going left or clockwise around the island, because most people go right and, once again, I hate crowds.

    Awesome bike path on Ko Kret

    There are no cars on the island, and the roads are actually more like sidewalks. There are no large skyscrapers to be seen and no buses billowing diesel fumes all over. You will see lots of green and a little patch of farmland here and there. Plus, Ko Kret has an unusually high density of Wats aka temples, which make for wonderful pit stops along the way. More than likely, you will be the only person at them. Gotta love that.

    Many people seem to enjoy the pottery, which while being unique, isn’t totally my thing. I did enjoy stopping at a few of the restaurants along the way for a bite to eat and an ice coffee to cool me down. As you get closer to your point of origin you will bike through an area of small shops and densely clustered kiosks selling food, desserts and souvenirs.

    Children swimming on Ko Kret

    All in all, this is definitely one of my favorite little day trips to take when I need a break from the city. The fact that I can be there in about an hour, and spend a day without dodging a single car is a huge plus in my book! To top it off, you can do the whole thing for $10-$15.

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