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Koh Kret Pottery Community

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Koh Kret Pottery Community

Koh Kret is a tiny island in the Chao Phraya River, accessible by boat from Pak Kret’s Wat Sanam Neua Pier. Koh Kret is renowned above all as a center for kwan aman, a style of Mon pottery, which is fundamentally just baked unglazed red clay carved with intricate patterns. There are some 20 pottery workshops on the island and you will see many kilns as you walk around.

One way to reach Koh Kret is to take the once-weekly Chao Phraya Express, which leaves the Central Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin) every Sunday at 09:00 and visits a number of attractions before returning at 15:30. The cost of the cruise and guided tour is 300 baht (no lunch). Many other companies also offer similar tours, often just as a stop on a longer upriver trip to Ayutthaya.

Independent travel to Koh Kret can be a little more challenging. The easiest option is to take public bus 166 from Victory Monument (at the footbridge’s end) or bus 505 from Central World to the end of the line in the Pak Kret market. From there, you have to walk about 500 metres towards the river to the ferry pier, which is located behind Wat Sanam Neua. Longer boat trips to the island is also possible.

Koh Kret Pottery Community

Koh Kret Pottery Community

If you’re willing to get up at the crack of dawn, the Chao Phraya “green flag” express boat offers a direct service from BTS Saphan Taksin to Pak Kret (pier N33), but during peak hours only. Boats operate every 15-20 min in both directions from 06:15 to 08:00 in the morning, and again from 15:30 to 18:00 in the evening, with no service on Sundays. The trip costs 20 baht and takes just over an hour.

Koh Kret is another world compared to Bangkok and much of it retains the air of a rustic village, with wooden shacks propped against palm trees and the occasional dilapidated temple slowly crumbling. Hence the main attraction is just walking around, browsing the merchandise in the many pottery shops.

Koh Kret is renowned above all as a centre for kwan aman, a style of Mon pottery, which is unglazed terraocotta carved with intricate patterns. Prices for the simplest and smallest pots start from as low as 5 baht a piece, but can go up to hundreds or even thousands of baht for large ornate pieces. Particularly popular among visitors are candle and incense holders with ornate patterns of holes to let the smoke or light out, averaging around 200 baht. There are some 20 pottery workshops on the island.

Koh Kret Accommodation

There are only a few simple places to stay on the island. Most visitors visit the island as a day trip from Bangkok.

Khoket Guesthouse (Koh Kred homestay), Moo 6 Ko Kret (Praket Nonthburi), Tel +66 81 832 0637. checkin: 06:00; checkout: 15;00. Guest house in a real Thai-style bamboo hut. Double 500 baht with breakfast.

Buddy Oriental Riverside Pakkred Thai Castle Riverside Hotel, 17/56 Moo 7 Sukhaprachasan 2 Bangpood Pakkred Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand, Tel +66 0 2 584 2222, fax: +66 0 2 584 3888). A magnificent place creates a rich heaven of arts, culture and history reflecting back to the Royal Thai Kingdom. Buddy Oriental Riverside Pakkred is perfectly located by Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi Province, a principally historical area in Thailand.

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