"Day Trip to Koh Kred from BKK" Nonthaburi by ECYM
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Having visited BKK umpteen times this past year and each time I would try to visit a new place. This time round, together with my travel buddy who has not been to Bangkok, we decided to venture out of BKK for a day trip on our own during our four days stay in BKK.
Before we set off, we have gathered much information on how to arrive Ko Kred from Bangkok. Having read up tips from fellow VTers, we more or less are pretty confident how to get to Ko Kred :P
Instead of the faster and more comfortable way to travel to Ko Kred, we have decided to take a longer route, i.e. by boat via Chao Praya River.
So on this particular Saturday morning, we started by taking the BTS to Central Pier at 7am and managed to catch the 8am boat. There are 4 major lines that ply the Chao Praya River from BKK to Nonthaburi, three are express lines that operate either on weekdays or on Sunday. As we have chosen a Saturday, there was no option, only the LOCAL line in operation :P Coming from a country where boat rides are not popular, it was very exciting as we stepped onto the boat...and it's only costs us 13B each.
We started out at Central Pier (which is Pier 3) and ends at Pier 30!!! It took us about 1.5 hrs to reach Nonthaburi Pier. Along the way, we past by Wat Arun, Wat Pra Keow and some other interesting monuments built along the River.
An outdated infomation that I have sourced out from the internet suggested that I can take a green flag boat fron nonthaburi pier to ko kred. well in the end, the pier personnel recommended me to charter a long tail boat to Ko Kred at a cost of 600B a trip!!! Thinking the price quoted was ridiculous and the boatman is not able communicate in English, we decided to ask around for alternative route to Ko Kred. We tried to ask cab drivers to bring us to Pak Kred district, but either they could not understand our way of saying Pak Kred or they really don't know the way.
At my wit's end and almost given up, we approached a 7-11 shop and try to get as much information from the counter staff. They aren't good in english too but at least they understand where we wanted to go.... One of them suggested taking privately-run van to Pak Kred and each pax is only 10B. So we approached this driver standing outside the nonthaburi pier and asked him if he can bring us to Pak Kred. He thought for a moment and nodded his head. Not sure if he really understood, we stepped into his van half-heartedly. :P
We waited till the van was 80% filled and then it drove away from the pier. Along the way, we strained our neck and looked for road signs that would indicated we are on the right path.... so far so good, we were moving towards the direction of Ko Kred phew!!!
About half hour ride later, the kind driver dropped us right at the front of Wat Sanam Nue pier and from there we just take a boat ride across the river to Ko Kred.
Touring around the whole of Ko Kred can easily lasts you 4-5 hours but it was extremely hot around noon, so we only managed to see three temples on the island.
After which,we took the ferry back and asked for directions (AGAIN?! :P ) to get to the bus terminal. We boarded bus number 166 (blue) back to BKK. The whole ride only takes 30-40 mins and we were back at BKK's victory monument...
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