Maenam koh = River island
After a lazy weekend of eating overpriced Ben and Jerry's and watching terrible TV it was time for me to get off of the couch and finally check out an urban island located in my province about 20 km away. Last week I met up with a fellow blogger who moved to Thailand recently and we decided to check out this island, Koh Kret. To get here, just tell your taxi driver Pak Kret or Koh Kret. Then you can take a short (like 1 minute and costs 2 baht literally) boat ride to the island in the middle of the Chao Phraya river.
A great way to spend a day off in Bangkok, walking around looking at all the goods for sale, trying some unique foods and taking in the nature! You can rent bikes but we ended up walking the 6km around the island and enjoying all the greenery. The island is full of residents living in houses on stilts, Thai families outside trying to stay out of the sun and very few foreign tourists.
Like everywhere in Thailand, there were coffee shops serving up cheap coffee and Thai teas but Koh Kret adds their own special touch. For 30 baht (1 USD) you can get your drink AND they give it to you in a pot of your choice. It has a rope to hold it while you walk around and enjoy your cold beverage. I don't think I have ever enjoyed my chai manao (Thai tea with lime) so much!
|I wish I lived here|
|The island is known for its Mon pottery, this is an old urn in one of the pottery villages.|
Living in the city can get old sometimes, its always nice to have a peaceful place you can escape the crowds and concrete. It's even better when you have new friends to explore with and I hope to be seeing a lot more of this city in the coming months as long as it doesn't flood!