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  • Koh Kret Island Day Trip.

    To the Leaning Stupa of Bangkok.


    A nice rustic and traditional Mon island in the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok.


    Google Maps.

    Drive to the end of Chaeng Wattana, and go left instead of going over the bridge.





    Don't point at Buddha, it's rude.



    The island has a narrow, raised concrete path going around the it's coast.



    That's our ferry.


    We went to the wrong pier just to get that photo.

    Honest.



    They do like statues round these parts.



    Don't pay the ferryman, til he gets you to the other side.


    3 baht each.



    Looking up river, that's the metal pier on the right if you want to photo your ferry first.



    The Health & Safety department hasn't made it to the gangplank factory yet.

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    You can rent out bicycles for 40thb, or 200b for a motosai taxi to go all the way around the island for 2 hrs or so. You can also get a longtail speedboat or slow chug-a-lug boat around it. Both are nice.

    The island is famous for it's pottery, and lately, Chit Craft Beer.

    Unfortunately only open at the weekends.

    This time we just went for a stroll up to the infamous Leaning Chedi of Bangkok.




    No, not that one.


    The place is full of old temples and chedis etc etc.





    And little canals that humpback bridges go over.



    And very old people, very young people, and animals.



    and greenery.





    Can stop off for a shower if you're feeling a bit toasty.





    We all need sustenance.

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      The main road.

      And secondary road.

      Actually, the only road.





      Land of smiles.





      This lady had nice watermelons and a nice bottom.



      I've seen enough episodes of The Wire to know a corner hand-over when I see one.



      Recycling done right.



      Recycling done wrong.



      The odd little critter will jump out and scare the bejaysus out of you.

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        The place is colourful, in fairness.



        Can slip 20 baht, or an old receipt into a donation box and get some fish and pigeon food.





        Dirty pigeons. Loved a bit of it.



        Not the nicest looking fish in the World.



        Your only way home, so don't go mooning them.

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        • #5
          Finally the highlight.

          The infamous Leaning Stupa of Bangkok, at the most northern point.



          Yup, definitely a bit slanty.



          Photo bomb opportunity missed.







          Made friends with some local kids, whose main hobbies appeared to be hitting everything with sticks as hard as they can, and throwing stones at people's heads.



          We kept our main organs behind various pillars while in the vicinity.



          The little one armed and ready to attack.

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            Luckily HMS Somchai didn't do a Titanic



            Captain cool gave it full beans

            And we got back on dry land for some sustenance.





            The Chao Phraya is nice and clear and ready for to drain away the rainy season floods.




            Danger. Danger. Toy Stall has been located.

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            • #7
              Koh Kret thread appreciated Khun Jose

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                • #9
                  Another nice picture thread. Thanks for taking g the time to share.

                  When I went with Gop (aka wifey ) a few years back they had a small tour boat that would take you right around the island. It also crossed the river and went a few hundred yards down a canal on the west bank to a small market on the bank selling local made knoms before returning to Log Kret.

                  Your nipper is lucky to have a dad take her to all these places.I reckon she would like Wat Niwet Thamprawat, the European style temple on an island in the Chaophraya. You have to take a short cable car swing over to it which she would probably enjoy.
                  Last edited by Bonglek; 05-05-2018, 12:06 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jose View Post
                    A nice place to go for a day if based in Bkk.
                    Worth a trip. Maybe two. It's one of very few places around Bangkok that are, which makes it a boring place to live. Surprisingly I never saw any westerners living on kret. There must be some you'd think, among all the Mon.

                    Just imagine how much more pleasant and interesting Bangkok would be if it were surrounded by real islands, like Hong Kong. I'll be there in October and will do a pic thread. Will try to do a Penang and Malaysia thread sometime this weekend, where I spent half of the past few months.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Exexpat View Post
                      Hong Kong. I'll be there in October and will do a pic thread. Will try to do a Penang and Malaysia thread sometime this weekend, where I spent half of the past few months.
                      Great stuff. Looking forward to them.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bonglek View Post
                        I reckon she would like Wat Niwet Thamprawat, the European style temple on an island in the Chaophraya. You have to take a short cable car swing over to it which she would probably enjoy.
                        Cheers. We go up to Ayuthaya quite often, but usually don't stop at Bang Pa-In. Will take a look at that cable car swing.

                        Thanks.

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                        • #13
                          Don't pay the ferryman, til he gets you to the other side
                          Hope the ferryman's name isn't Charon.
                          Brilliant pics. Thanks.
                          Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Norton View Post
                            Hope the ferryman's name isn't Charon.
                            Chris De Burgh, I think.


                            Cheers.

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                            • #15
                              Never heard of the place, looks interesting and a nice trip out for the little one.
                              I like the stupas in Thailand.. been to many of the historical towns in Thailand to see many. The Chinese graveyard in Kanchanaburi has graves with stupas.

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