Koh Kret, Nonthaburi
Have a leisure walk through Koh Kret’s Mon community.
Pay a visit to Koh Kret in the middle of the Chao Phraya River and get to know the Mon lifestyle and culture. Koh Kret is considered a unique cultural attraction near Bangkok. The area enclosed by the Chao Phraya River is situated in the province of Nonthaburi. It is the home for Thai-Mons whose ancestors immigrated into Thailand during theThonburi and early Rattana Kosin eras. The Mon have conservatively followed the same lifestyle and culture until the present day.
Highlights of Koh Kret include Wat Poramai Yikawat, the main temple on the island. Within the monastery sits a Mon style pagoda built according to the model in the capital city of Hongsawadee. Take a leisure walk around the island to experience unique Mon lifestyle and tradition. You can enjoy the art of pottery and Koh Kret’s signature earthenware. A demonstration showing the making of the elaborate pottery can be seen at Kwan Arman, the Mon cultural center that displays ancient earthenware and other utensils. Visitors can admire the molding and pottering skills of most households as their main livelihood.
Great local dishes
Koh Kret has plenty of Mon dishes waiting for you to try. Since you are in a region overflowing with Mon culture, try one of the strongly recommended recipes; fish cakes with Kala shoots. Kala shoot is a kind of herb from the same family as ginger and is a native of Koh Kret. Many food stalls offer this dish.
To get to Koh Kret, you can catch a ferry from either of two piers. One is Wat Sanam Neua pier, which is not far from Pak Kret, and the other is called Wat Klang Kret pier. The ferry services operate every day from 5.00 AM to 9.30 PM.