Exploring Bang Krachao Island in Bangkok
Nestled in the heart of Bangkok and surrounded by the mighty Chao Praya River is a little slice of nature. Bang Krachao otherwise known as the Lungs of Bangkok is a place which withstands Bangkok’s rapid development.
Visible from the top floor of many new condominiums in Bangkok, Bang Krachao is just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the city.
Bang Krachao Island is accessible by crossing the Chao Praya River on a very short ferry ride. A one way ticket costs just 4 THB ($0.10). Ferry launching points for Bang Krachao are from Bangna, Klong Toei and Chong Nongsi.
Getting Around Bang Krachao
The best way of getting around Bang Krachao is by bicycle. Be ready to challenge the heat and humidity that Bangkok offers all year round. Bicycles are available for rent at the ferry landing points and cost roughly 70thb per day.
If Bangkok’s tropical climate is overwhelming then it’s also possible to get around with a wing motosai motorbike taxi. Call out to the guys with an orange vest and number on the back. A standard rate to almost any destination on Bang Krachao is 20thb per person.
What to do on Bang Krachao
1. Bang Krachao Floating Market (Bang Nam Peung)
The most popular destination on Bang Krachao is the Bang Nam Peung Floating Market. Unlike the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Samut Songkhram this market isn’t directly on the water but is built along the canals. Follow the market as you wander deeper into Bang Krachao Island.
Bang Nam Peung is a great place to buy local hand crafts and some tasty Thai foods.
For lunch try a hot bowl of gui tiaw lua rice noodles in pig’s blood soup or tom yum kuung sen lek large prawns with rice noodles in a spicy tom yum soup.
After venture further along to discover teak wood house Reuan Fresh Milk (เรือนนมสด). Try the classic thai desert meing kum a herbal leaf wrapped around diced mango and lime with a drizzling of sweet fish sauce.
Bang Nam Peung Floating Market is open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and almost completely closes down by 3pm on these days. Be sure to put Bang Nam Peung Floating Market first on the list of destinations for the day in Bang Kracahao, or you might just miss it!
For another great market near Bangkok read: Maeklong Railway Market
2. Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Gardens
Sri Nakhon Khuen Khan Park is the most beautiful garden oasis in Bangkok. The huge wetland covers an extensive area of 111,000 square meters. This makes Sri Nakhon Khuen Khan Park one of the largest in the city.
The best way to get around Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park is by bicycle. Cycling routes are well paved with small wooden bridges crisscrossing over the lake. Venture out the park of the park to find a kilometer long unpaved dirt trail where you can test the durability of the rather cheap hire bicycles.
If cycling or running isn’t your thing then just chill out in the traffic free haven. Motorcycles are not allowed within the park boundaries so it’s likely to be one of the quietest spots you’ll find in the big city.
3. Soi Petchhueng 57 to Bua Beung Phatthana
Above Image Source: Lost at E Minor
Wind through the villages from Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park back to Bang Nam Peung Pier. Here you will get a personal experience with the island community. Slowly cruise with your bicycle along the 5km route and come across local farms, weekend fisherman and small coffee shops where you can sit back and relax.
Heading further along the east coast and you will come across a unique resort called the Bangkok Treehouse.
This eco-friendly resort, sometimes dubbed Bangkok’s Greenest Hotel is a perfect overnight city escape. Whether you stay a night or not you should definitely check out the design of this trendy little hotel along the banks of the Chao Praya River.
4. Other Attractions on Bang Krachao
There are plenty more attractions on Bang Krachao Island such as the Siamese fighting fish show. There’s also the entire south of the island heading down towards Prapadeng District.
For more things to do on Bang Krachao head over to viaBangkok. An article written by another great Bangkok based travel blogger.
Have you been to Bang Krachao recently? What were your favorite attractions on the island any why? Drop me a comment int the box below and I’ll make sure to check your suggestions out the next time I visit!