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    Koh Kret

    Decided to visit Koh Kret which is located in Nonthaburi Province. Basically this is the closest island to Bangkok. However, don't expect any sand as this island is in the middle of the Chao Phraya River.



    You take a short 2-3 minute ferry ride from the Sanam Nua pier. Be prepared to pay up to 1-2 baht for the ride.

    Koh Kret is home to ethnic Mons whose ancestors set up ‘Kwarn Ar-marn’ (pottery village) on the Island after their capital was attacked by the Burmese. They make a blood-red, Mon-style pottery called ‘Hai’.

    This guy is making 100 ashtrays for a customer.


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    He would throw a lump of clay on the wheel and in less than a couple of minutes would have the rough shape already done.



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    was there last weekend. lovely spot!

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    Clay pottery everywhere.



    A look at their massive kiln.



    Luckily, it wasn't fired up.


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    The island is also know for it's Thai sweets or khanom.



    Chickens were everywhere, as you can see by the monk's living room.



    Well worth a visit. If you are in BKK the journey to the island should take less than an hour.

    BTW, look out for the motorcye taxis on the island. Not because of the fares, but because of the narrow sidewalk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Thai sweets or khanom
    my gf wanted to try these...dunno what they were and tasted very strange

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    I went there with Sandra about a month ago to shoot 'filler' scenes for my clients bike ride sequence which was part of the Ko Van Kessle bike tour which sets off from China town.

    The scenery was similar and I got some great footage of dogs, potters, a woman washing at the riverside, kids jumping into klongwater.

    A nice little respite from the usual Bangkok err.. stuff.

    So are you local then Hillbilly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp View Post
    So are you local then Hillbilly?
    As a hillbilly I have been called local. Sorry, Ozark humor.

    And yea I am a local with my main home here in BKK.

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    Always a good place for a days outing...more info and piccies here...

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    Went yesterday.

    Charming for a day out and cruise around Ko Kret and khlong Bang Bua tong. Also suitable for a Gentleman Scamp bohemian pied- a-terre of the creative MungTong thani-type.

    However, no decent international schools, and a generally hapless 'look where we've ended up' bucolic atmosphere.

    Moonshine, pre-cancerous, premature-death, sort of place for farangs.

    Pretty though.

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    I have been there too two weeks ago. I will put up some pictures later.

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    I've been there too, a few months ago methinks.

    I like this coffee guy and his lil coffee shop is so cool.


    This Thai sweet.... ahhhhhh.... (but can't eat much, you will get fat real quick!)
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    I think Hillbilly showed this already, the sign of Koh Kred though it could not be explained to me why it turns to the side.


    We took a boat tour around the island with a few stops, not the least convenient way to see all the important sights though we missed the landscape out which I heard should be nice too.

    After a later lunch at some empty restaurant, next stop was the muslim village. This mosque is on the opposite side of the river though.


    A lazy dog.


    Some festivity at the temple


    The pottery




    I got a picture of the famous sweets shop too but only with my ugly mug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ghost_Of_The_Moog
    However, no decent international schools, and a generally hapless 'look where we've ended up' bucolic atmosphere.
    Nichada Thani is not that far down the road...

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    I made the visit to Ko Kret 2 years or so ago and enjoyed it tremendously. One can walk around the island on the narrow sidewalks or there are bicycle rentals to enjoy. Good photo opportunities. Good food. Very interesting.

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    Koh Kred is a good place to take friends who come to visit LOS from OS'
    A good way to get there is via the regular river ferries to Nonthaburi then get a minivan from there.
    Lots of little food places along the trail, so my recommendation is to nibble a bit from each different place rather than sitting down to a meal.

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    Ok, Now I have got it!

    The pub I found on Koh Kret. Beers 55 baht...

    The owner likes his guitar and play a few tunes


    The Owner

    His Dog!





    Tonights Show

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