Name: Koh Kred
Address: Koh Kred, Nonthaburi. Near Pak Kred/Pak Kret town and market.
BTS/MRT: Not located near a BTS or MRT.
Getting there: A taxi from On Nut will cost aprox 250 baht to Pak Kred market and take about 40 minutes. From here you need to proceed to the river. You can get a boat from the pier for 10 baht per person which will take you to the island. The boat trip takes about 5 minutes. Alternatively you can get a boat from Saphan Taksin pier which will take 1 hour but is extremely picturesque.
Koh Kred is the perfect place to get away from the hussle and bussle of Bangkok. It is a small man made island located on the Chao Phraya river just 20km North of Bangkok. The island has made a name for itself mainly due to its production of Mon pottery.
Getting to the island is an adventure in itself. You can either take the boat from Saphan Taksin or a taxi/bus to Pak Kret before getting a small boat. The main attraction is that once on the island there are no cars. Your only travel options are walking the 6 km island by foot or hiring one of the inexpensive bikes. Should you be feeling a little lazier, some motorbike taxis are also available.
A narrow, concrete walkway runs the circumference of the island, weaving between greenery, palm trees, houses, markets, pottery and coffee shops. The walk around the island will take approximately 1.5 hours.
The same rich soil that allows for the palms and greenery, is also used for the production of the famous pottery. Around the walk you will encounter several shops selling pottery as well as work shops, kilns and work houses to take a peek in.
Near the river there are many chedis and temples, as well as, restaurants, cafes and bars to stop in for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. A busy market can also be found in this area selling everything from souvenirs, pottery, food and drinks to clothes, bags and accessories. This market is particularly worth visiting at the weekend.
Koh kred is a fantastic location for a day trip away from Bangkok, and the unusual journey makes it that little bit more exciting.