Exploring Bang Krachao Island in Bangkok
Bang Krachao Island is an oasis right in the heart of Bangkok. It is visible from the rooftop of many inner-city buildings, yet little known to so many travelers.
Bang Krachao is actually a man-made island in the Chao Praya River. It is commonly called the Lungs of Bangkok due to the number of trees which eat up the city’s pollution.
In a rapidly developing city, this is one place which manages to withstand change.
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 ferry piers for about 70 THB per day.
If Bangkok’s heat is overwhelming then you can get around with a wing motosai motorbike taxi. Ask the guys in the orange vest and number on the back. A standard rate to almost any destination on Bang Krachao is 20 THB 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 Krachao Floating Market, officially the Bang Nam Peung Floating Market.
Unlike the Damnoen Saduak or the Amphawa Floating Markets 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.
The Bang Krachao Floating Market is a great place to buy local handcrafts 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.
Continue further along to discover a beautiful teak wood house called 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 Krachao Floating Market is open on weekends from morning until about 3pm.
Be sure to visit the Bang Krachao Floating Market early 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.
Get around Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park by bicycle. Cycling routes are well paved with small wooden bridges crossing 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 you don’t want to cycle, then just chill out in this traffic free escape. Vehicles are not allowed in the park so it is the quietest spot you can find in the city.
3. Soi Petchhueng 57 to Bua Beung Phatthana
Above Image Source: Lost at E Minor
Wander through the small streets from Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park back to Bang Nam Peung Pier.
Along the way, you will come across local farms, weekend fisherman and small coffee shops where you can enjoy the relaxing vibe on Bang Krachao.
Heading further along the east coast and you will come across a unique resort called the Bangkok Treehouse. This eco-friendly resort is referred to as called “Bangkok’s Greenest Hotel.”
It is a perfect overnight escape from the city.
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.
Bang Krachao How to Get There
Bang Krachao is reached by a short ferry ride across the Chao Praya River. Piers on the Bangkok mainland are located at Chong Nongsi, Bang Na, and Klong Toei. Personally, I use the option at Bang Na.
Take the BTS Skytrain to Bang Na Station. Walk back up Sukhumvit Road towards Udom Suk station but turn left at Sanphawut and continue straight until you reach the river.
The ferry crossing the Chao Praya River departs every 15 minutes or so. A one-way ticket costs just 10 cents!
For more things to do on Bang Krachao head over to viaBangkok, an article written by another great Bangkok based travel blogger.
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