Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok without going very far? This is the place for you.
In a bend on the Chao Phraya river, this not-quite-an-island is known as an urban oasis, the green lung of Bangkok etc.
Its an almost unspoilt, and the last, semi-rural part of Bangkok which is just a 5 minute river crossing from the madness of the big city.
It’s technically in Samut Prakarn province but is just a hop away from the Big Mango.
There are dozens of trails and pathways criss crossing the jungle of Bang Krachao, and cycling is one of the best ways of getting around. It’s lots of fun!
Bikes (bicycles) can be hired at the riverside piers and a few other places.
Please be careful as some of the bike tracks are narrow and if you fall off the track you might end up in a ditch or canal!
You’ll really enjoy exploring the hidden delights of Bang Krachao, including these places:
Bang Nam Peung Market
Despite being fairly new (2004), this canal side market feels a bit more genuine than some other ‘floating’ markets in and around Bangkok.
Only locals are allowed to sell their goods, and prices of most products are fairly cheap.
You can find fresh vegetables, meat, and other locally grown food, and a selection of other goods here.
You will get a truely authentic Thai experience at this market.
It’s a good place to enjoy some tasty and freshly cooked Thai dishes too!
Open early morning until about 2pm, Saturdays and Sundays only.
The market is at Soi Phetchahung 33, Bang Krachao, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakarn province.
Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park
This is quite a big park in Bang Krachao with some interesting botanical gardens, popular with bird watchers as many different species of bird can be seen here.
There are also some formal gardens and water features which makes it a relaxing spot for a picnic! It’s open daily between 9am-7pm.
Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery
The only Siamese Fighting Fish gallery in the world is hidden away in Bang Krachao.
It displays almost every type of Siamese fighting fish and explains their life cycles. Each fish is kept in separate tanks and no fish fights take place. Other local fish are on display too.
The gallery compound has a zone where you can rent a tent to stay overnight, a cafe, a pretty walkway by the majestic Chao Phraya River, and shrines dedicated to ancient Kings of Siam.
You can find it at Punntara Bontanic Home, Soi Rak Rangsan 16, Bang Krachao.
Getting to Bang Krachao:
Take the BTS Sukhumvit line to Bang Na station. Then it’s a short taxi ride to Bang Na pier where you’ll see the cross river ferry.