Kho Kret is an island on the Chao Praya river in Nonthaburi, Bangkok's northern suburb. Being a great contrast to Bangkok's hustle and bustle, this island is more like an idyllic, traditional fisherman's village. It's a green spot on the map and an ideal place to take a breath and rest your head.
With its narrow streets, large parts of Koh Kret are not accessible by car. Only motorbikes can be seen around. People usually walk here. Koh Kret's main attraction is its market offering various types of food aswell as handmade craft and pottery. Here, visitors can eat and do some shopping, but keep in mind that it can be crowded on weekends. Also, you can visit the island's numerous temples. A 5.2 km long trail runs around the island through villages including the market, farmland and swamps, allowing visitors to explore the island on foot or on a bycicle.
A good spot to stop by and have a beer is 'Chit Bar'. Here, hou can get various local draft beers, while sitting next to river bank and watching the river traffic.
To most visitors, Koh Kret is a great sightseeing spot, which is not overrun by tourists yet. Moreover, even the boat ride alone is regarded as a great trip itself. You get to see several temples and historical buildings along the Chao Praya river, from the urban downtown area up to the rural northern metropole region.
To reach the island, you can take the "Green Flag boat" (15 THB) from Sathorn Pier and get off at the last pier (Pakkret). It takes about an hour. From there you take a small boat to cross the river to the island (1 minute). However, the Green Flag boat only operates on weekdays.
On a weekend you can only take the orange flag boat (from Sathorn or Tha Tien Pier) to Nonthaburi pier. From there you can take a private longtail boat that costs you between 400 and 800 THB. This option is more expensive but a it's great experience, as you will be cruising at high speed on a traditional boat.
The other option is to take a bus or a taxi from Nonthaburi pier to Pakkret (10 minutes), and then cross the river to the island by a local boat (2 THB).
Location: Nonthaburi District, northern metroplole region of Bangkok
How to get there: Take a boat from Sathorn or Tha Tien Pier "Orange Flag boat" to Nonthaburi Pier (15 THB) and take a bus or taxi to Pakkret Pier. From there you take a boat to cross the river to Koh Kret.
Alternatively (only on weekdays). take the "Green Flag boat" from Sathorn Pier to Pakkret, and take another boat to Koh Kret.