Located in the Chao Phraya river just a few miles north of Bangkok lies Ko Kret, a tiny island in the river’s oxbow bend known for its pottery, desserts and distinct Mon culture. Only a few hundred people live on the island full time but during the weekends the population multiplies as Thais, local expats and tourists alike flock to this oasis in the middle of the urban sprawl for a convenient getaway.
The area around the pier is dominated by Wat Poramaiyikawat, the largest temple on the island, and shops selling various food items, souvenirs and handicrafts. Most shows are only open on Saturday and Sunday and visitors should come early to avoid the crowds.
Getting around on Ko Kret is easy. The island is only around 1 kilometer wide and 2 kilomete3s long and walking along the ring road that goes around the entire island takes approximately an hour and a half. There are also some places that rent out bicycles and all along the river, small taxi boats await to take you on a tour.
There are several ways of getting to Ko Kret. If you decide to go via boat, get up early and take the BTS to Saphan Taksin on the Silom line. Get off at Saphan Taksin and take exit 1 or 2 down to the pier. Get the Express Boat service (the one with the green flag) all the way to Pak Kret pier (THB20), which is numbered N33 and located right next to Wat Sanam Nuea. It will take around one hour and the boat leaves every 15-20 minutes from 6.15 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning and again in the afternoon from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. From Pak Kret pier, take the ferry across the river to Ko Kret.
Another, and faster, option is to take the BTS skytrain to Mo Chit on the Sukhumvit line and get a taxi to Pak Kret pier, then take the ferry across. The taxi ride is around half an hour and will cost around THB150. Leaving Ko Kret you can hire one of the many taxi boats to take you back to the main pier, or cross back over to Wat Sanam Nuea/Pak Kret pier and get a taxi back to Mo Chit BTS station or all the way back to the city center.