Bang Krachao - A Breath of Fresh Air in the Lung, Bangkok’s Largest Green Space
Bang Krachao, also known as Bangkok’s “lung” due to its shape when viewed from above, is the largest open green space in the city and is across the Chao Phraya River and minutes away from downtown. While several bicycle tour companies have added it to their adventure list in recent years, Bang Krachao remains a hidden gem. If you prefer to chart your own course, rent a bicycle for 100 baht at the ferry pier and spend the afternoon getting lost along the jungle bike paths.
Bang Krachao's Geography
Much of Bang Krachao consists of narrow, elevated walkways above the water, built to protect the marshland area from flooding, and these paths pass through mangrove swamps, coconut palms, and small stilt villages where residents grow mangoes and areca nuts. While the skyscrapers and cityscape linger in the distance, you’ll be transported to a magical green world, complete with coconuts, traditional Thai homes, and a welcomed absence of factories, condominiums, and high rises, all of which are not allowed here.
What to do in Bang Krachao
While the city has some amazing bars, a boutique tree house hotel and a gourmet coffee shop with Wi-Fi access have popped up in the last year, making the tranquil spot all the more beckoning should you decide to linger. Another option for nature-seekers is the 100-acre Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan public park here with kayak and bicycle rentals, and there the Talad Nam Pheung (see our review under Shopping) weekend floating market, which is a charming Thai affair.
Travel Tip to Bang Krachao
Travel Tip: The best way to get here is by a ferry from the Klong Toey Nok Temple. Take the MRT to Klong Toey, and a taxi from there to the pier. It is 5 baht to cross the river on a small boat. Once across, bicycles can be rented for 100 baht a day, or walk to the Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park and rent bikes and kayaks for 20 baht an hour. Motorcycle taxis at the pier will take you the six kilometers to the Nam Pheung floating market for 40 baht.