Koh Kret or Kret Island is a small island in Chao Praya River. It is located in Nonthaburi Province. Unlike other islands in Thailand, This island has no beach and not near the sea, but there are many things to see, shop, and eat, and it is worth for a day trip from Bangkok.
My friends and I went there by getting off the skytrain (BTS) at Saphan Taksin station and taking Chao Phraya Express Boat (Orange Flag) to Nonthaburi Pier (N30). Then, we bought a day trip to Koh Kret (actually it was a three hour trip). The trip included a visit to Koh Kret, Yai Sawang Arom Temple, and Dessert Canal.
From Nonthaburi Pier, we went to Koh Kret by a long tail boat. It was a thrill ride all the way, but do not expect to stay dry. We used the umbrella to protect us from water and also sunshine.
Finally we saw the white leaning stupa which meant we already arrived Koh Kret because this stupa was the landmark of Koh Kret. We arrived the island around noon and we had only one hour and a half to explore it.
There was a big map telling us things to see and do around the island, but we did not use a map; just followed other people.
The first thing we bought was Tod Mun Nor Gala, deep-fried fish cake with local vegetable. It was like a must-eat food when one visits Koh Kret.
As you can expect, there were several temples along the way, but we did not go inside any temples. We kept walking and saw many food stalls. And I wanted to eat them all!
There were many riverside restaurants. We finally decided to have Khanom chin for lunch.
Then, we continued walking on the streets. Along the way, there were also many vendors selling Thai desserts. And if you never tried any Thai desserts before or you have tried them and thought they were too sweet, I recommend you to try them once again at this island. Even if I am not that into Thai desserts, I really like them and want to eat them again.
We decided to have lunch again. Believe me there are many things to eat at this island! This time was Khao Chae (left photo) which was rice in scented water and crushed ice served with sweetened meat. Kao Chae is one of the famous Thai dishes, but I do not like it much. And we ordered flower salad too (right photo).
Another thing that we saw along the way was pottery shops. Koh Kret is famous for Mon (Burmese) pottery. There was also a demonstration to mold the pottery which I recommend you to see it. This time we did not see the demonstration because we did not have enough time.
Before getting on board again, we bought Thai drinks: Thai Iced Coffee and Thai Iced Milk Tea. We paid a little more in order to get them in cute pottery which we can take them home.
Our long tail boat took us to Yai Sawang Arom Temple. We had half an hour there. There was a big market and a temple. We did not do anything much there.
Then, we went to Khlong Khanom Wan or Dessert Canal. The boat stopped at a big house that sold Thai desserts and snack. You can also see how to make Thai desserts there.
All in all, I really enjoyed walking in Koh Kret because there were many things to do, but did not enjoy much for the rest of the trip. One hour and a half was not enough for me to explore Koh Kret; I prefer to spend more time there.
Update: August, 2014
Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand
Opening Hours: Everyday from 9.00 to 17.30. I recommend you to go on weekends or public holidays because some shops close on weekdays.
How to get there:From Bangkok, you have to go to either Nonthaburi Pier or Pak Kret Pier
1) From Nonthaburi Pier,
– You can either buy a day trip (like I did) which cost 100 baht per person or rent a long tail boat which cost a lot more.
– take taxi or bus to Pak Kret Pier
2) From Pak Kret Pier (the pier is located behind Wat Sanam Neua), take the ferry to Koh Kret (only 2 baht).
To go to Nonthaburi Pier, you can get off the skytrain (BTS) at Saphan Taksin station and taking Chao Phraya Express Boat (Orange Flag) like I did. Actually, there are boats go further to Pak Kret Pier, but they are available only on weekdays in the morning and in the evening.
It might be a little difficult to go to Koh Kret especially if you do not know Thai. And if you travel along, I do not recommend you to rent a long tail boat from Nonthaburi Pier because it would cost a lot. The cheapest and easiest way to go is to go to Nonthaburi Pier, take taxi to Pak Kret Pier, and take ferry across the river to Koh Kret.
Have you ever been to Koh Kret or Kret Island? Do you like it there? Share your experiences with me in the comments!