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|Koh Kred and Game of Takraw|
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Koh Kred is an island in the Chao Phraya river created in 1722 by the creation of a canal to bypass a bend in the river. What is special about the island is that it has been settled by the Mon people in isolation from the rest of Bangkok. The Mon people live traditional lives, and have their own distinct culture, with little or no development having taken place on the island.
Getting around involves walking, bike rental or a boat as there are no roads on the island.
The island is roughly square shaped, 2km long on each side, and a walk around the entire island takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.
The Mon people are known for their pottery and this is the main industry on the Island. There is a pottery museum (Kwan Aman Pottery Museum) open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Wat Poramaiyikawat is the main temple on the island, and is built in a distinctly Mon style. Wat Sao Tong Thong temple dates back to the 1800s and is the oldest temple on the island. Both temples are free to visit.
Wat Poramaiyikawat also has a museum displaying the arts and crafts of the Mon people open from 9am to 5pm daily.
Whilst you are on the island take the opportunity to try the distinctive Mon cuisine, such as the Mon version of tempura served in a banana leaf. There are a number of small restaurants and stalls grouped around the main boat pier.
Address: Chao Phraya River, 20km north of Bangkok (Pak Kred suburb)
By Boat: You can travel direct to Koh Kred via the Chao Phraya Express Boat on Green Flag boats between 6.15 and 8.10 for outward journeys, and between 3.30pm and 6.05pm for the return journey to central Bangkok. Alight at the end of the line (Pak Kred pier). From Pak Kred pier boats ply the short distance to Koh Kred for a 2 Thai Baht charge. The journey takes approximately 1 hour.
You can join the Chao Phraya Express Boat by taking the BTS (sky train) to Saphan Taksin station where you exit the station and walk down the stairs to get to the Sathorn ferry pier.