Bang Krachao (บางกระเจ้า) is a great place to visit to find all of your nature feels. Located in Phra Pradaeng district, the “green lung of Bangkok”, it is definitely the place you will want to visit, especially if you’re an expat living in the heart of the city, to take a break from city air and inhale some fresh air. Bang Krachao is an artificial island shaped by a curve in the Chao Phraya river and a canal at its western end.
To get there, you can a taxi to Wat Khlong Toei Nok (วัดคลองเตยนอก), located in Khlong Toey, approximately five minutes from Asoke BTS station. If you walk through the temple entrance, you will eventually reach the Chao Phraya river pier. There, you just inform the money collector that you’d like to go to Bang Krachao, pay your 10 baht, and then wait for the next boat to take you across.
Once you reach the Bang Krachao dock, you will see an assortment of bicycles, which you can rent for 50 baht per hour or 100 baht per day. The bikes come with ice cold water and maps of the island, which make it easy to navigate around the island under the hot Thai sun.
Bang Krachao is perfect for a day tour biking around the city, or for an overnight getaway.
Here are a few main sights you will want to mark on your bike trail on a day trip:
This park and botanical garden is a perfect first stop to explore by bike (or on foot) and learn about the island, its nature, and the various royal projects that have been implemented her to preserve the land and support its people. The signs around the garden are all in English, so it’s easy to gain knowledge along way…amid listening to nature’s sounds and taking pictures of the beautiful flowers. There are lots of bike trails to explore and some beautiful lookout points.
(Note: Only open on weekends!)
This is a fun place to explore and try out different Thai ‘kanom’ or sweet treats. You can buy banana-coconut desserts (or pretty much any coconut-infused dessert), a variety of herbal drinks, and Thai traditional ice cream. You can also find noodles, sticky rice and grilled pork, and other savory treats. There are also some Thai traditional products and handicrafts for sale by the smiley sellers.
Enjoy a cool refreshment and lunch served in a traditional three-tiered Thai “pinto’ (lunchbox). After all of the bike-riding, you will want to restore your energy with some delicious food! Sit upstairs and enjoy being surrounded by actual nature and the nature-inspired design of the treehouse. If you’d like to know more about the treehouse or Bang Krachao itself, the owner speaks great English and she’s happy to chat about the development and life on the island. This is also a great place to stay if you are extending your stay at Bang Krachao.
4. The backroads
Explore the elevated pathways, or “backroads”, of the area. You will feel like you’re on a real adventure, trying to keep your balance on these narrow paths, particularly when you meet up with a motorcycle taxi moving in the opposite direction, and admiring the traditional teak houses on stilts and natural décor hidden in the lush forest.
This temple features a large Buddha and a simple yet beautiful Thai traditional temple. It’s located along the river and highlights some of the main concepts of Buddhism.
Enjoy your adventure in Bangkok’s green oasis!