Ko Kret island is filled with local vibe and lifestyle where the old Mon community and their way of life are still preserved. Visiting Ko Kret is a great day trip getaway from the city to see a different part of Bangkok.
This half-day itinerary is exactly the same like we completed when visiting Ko Kret from Bangkok. We were using exclusively local transportation along the way. It wasn’t the easiest and fastest but definitely the most enjoyable way to visit Ko Kret.
09.10 Chatuchak Park Bus Stop to Pak Kret
We started our journey by going to BTS SkyTrain Mo Chit Station for taking the bus No. 52 from Chatuchak Park bus stop to Pak Kret. As it was a weekend, it took some time to wait for the bus. We took a bus from Chatuchak Park to Pak Kret. The fare is 9 baht each way.
09.55 Pak Kret - Wat Sanam Nuea
We reached the last bus stop of Pak Kret which is located near Pak Kret Pier. From there we walked on Soi Chaeng Watthana-Pak Kret 4 road to Wat Sanam Nuea temple for taking the ferry to Ko Kret. The distance from the bus stop to the temple is about 500 meters. If you don’t like walking, you can take a motorbike, the price is 15-20 baht.
10.04 Wat Sanam Nuea – Ko Kret
We arrived at Wat Sanam Nuea and walked to the back of the temple. There is a ferry to Ko Kret. We got on the boat and it took only few minutes to cross the river. The fare is 2 baht each way and needs to be paid at Ko Kret side.
10.13 Ko Kret - Traditional temples, Museum and Pottery Village
There is a market along the path way, so you can try some traditional snacks that can’t be found in other places (we can confirmed that).
11.30 Riverside Restaurant and Local Cafe
We took a break for lunch at the riverside restaurant where we had a Mon-style lunch and tried Khao Chae. After that, we visited a local cafe where we have tried a local dessert Khanom Thuai.
More ideas about the food you can try at Ko Kret can be found here: What to Eat at Ko Kret.
12.16 Traditional Thai-Mon performances
We stopped by to watch traditional Thai-Mon performances. The performances take place every weekend after 11 AM. On the day of our visit, they had more than 10 performances to show for visitors.
After watching several shows, we did some shopping for local souvenirs from Ko Kret at OTOP Market and Dessert Canal before crossing the Chao Phraya River from Wat Poramaiyikawas to Wat Sanam Nuea.
13.00 Back to Bangkok
We walked from Wat Sanam Nuea to the bus stop where we could get the air-con bus No. 166 to Victory Monument. We took a different bus back to Bangkok because it was a much faster option as this bus runs to Victory Monument on the express way and costs 18 baht.