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Koh Kret

Bangkok's Sleepy Koh Kret Island

You will hardly believe you are on the edge of Bangkok!

Our guide will accompany you upriver by boat or taxi  to the very edge of the city, where you will board a long-tail boat bound for Koh Kret. This wonderful natural haven is filled with small joys waiting to be discovered.

The best way to begin the day is to wander along the elevated walkway which rings the island. You can spend most of the day on a leisurely walk, or rent a bicycle if you like. Beautiful old wooden buildings line both sides of the walkway. Monks in saffron robes stroll in quiet temple courtyards, where animist shrines sit astride soaring trees and Buddhist stupas.

Village compounds are often decorated for upcoming festivals. Small, family-run shops are filled with treats and the colorful clutter of old-timey goods that are fast vanishing from modern urban neighborhoods. One home proudly displays dozens of marathon trophies won by a local sports hero. Eventually the village gives way to emerald swathes of banana and coconut trees. Stroll around the island and soak up this peaceful respite.

Eventually you will come full circle and end up near the pier. Here you will find small stalls selling Thai specialties like fresh fried shrimp cakes, kao chae jasmine scented rice in ice water eaten in combination with delicate savory treats, and lemon grass juice served in ceramic jars that you can take home with you.

Speaking of ceramics, Koh Kret is famous for its earthenware clay pottery. You will see enormous walk-in kilns used for firing the wide variety of designs on sale. Local potters are happy to welcome you to their studios where you can watch artisans at work.

Koh Kret is very quite on weekdays. However, on weekends, Thai people love to visit the island, which becomes a bustling, festive outdoor market. Do not eat a big breakfast if you visit Koh Kret on a weekend. One of the island's great attractions is the huge variety of delicious food, much of which is cooked in outdoor stalls. In particlar the island is famous for a vast array of traditional sweets from every corner of Thailand that have virtually disappeared elsewhere.

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Includes:
private guide. Not included: local transportation, meals or drinks.
Available any day--weekdays are a quiet time and weekends are bustling.

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