A Getaway from the City Are you looking for a quick escape from the busy city, where you can find some peace and quiet in nature? Or are you looking for a weekend discovery tour, just across the Chao Phraya River close to Bangkok?

If yes, then Bang Kachao is the oasis you seek! Bang Kachao (alternatively called Bang Krachao or Bang Kra Jao) is located just outside of the city, and is often described as the “Green Lung of Bangkok”. It is located in Phra Pradaeng district in Samut Prakarn Province, and is composed of six sub-districts – Bang Kachao, Bang Korbua, Bang Nam Phueng, Bang Krasop, Bang Yo and Song Khanong. The area was named “Best Urban Oasis” by TIME Magazine in 2006 and has a lot of natural and scenic beauty to absorb; with numerous parks, orchards, palm trees and fresh air. 

Cycling paths are also available for bicycle tours, offered by a number of tour operators in the area. It is also possible to explore this area on your own by renting a bicycle at one of the piers located along the Chao Phraya River. Walking tours are available for you to enjoy exploring Bang Kachao at your own pace. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, started working in Bang Kachao on biodiversity conservation in 2013. 

Together with the Royal Forest Department (RFD) of Thailand, the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management (APFNet), and various other stakeholders such as community groups and academic institutions, IUCN aims to strengthen the management of urban forestry and biodiversity through landscape and biodiversity surveys, the establishment of demonstration sites, and the promotion of ecotourism activities that benefit the local community.

Since much of Phra Pradaeng is subject to flooding, and even half of the peninsula is marshland most of the time, in order for people that live there to live, some have their homes built on stilts, and the walkways elevated, about 2 meters off the ground.

You do need a little bit of balance to bike down the elevated walkways in Bang Krachao, but it’s so much fun biking down these peaceful lanes, with forest spilling over on either side.

Some activities in Bang Kachao 

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง 
Located in Bang Nam Phueng sub-district, this lively riverside market gives a great taste of local food and culture. 
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 2pm. 
Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market was built in 2004 in Thailand. It was a venture by the local Tambon administration, aimed at resolving an oversupply of agricultural products. A unique characteristic is that sellers are people in the community, with limits on the vendors and products sold there

Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nok: 
Located near the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this is one of the numerous old temples located in Bang Kachao. Its old chapel and ordination hall are definitely worth a visit! 

Suan Sri Nakhon Khuen Khan Park: 
This large green expanse offers plenty of space for those who like cycling, jogging, strolling along the park’s trails, bird watching, boat rides, or simply some peace and quiet. The park has several large ponds, as well as beautiful landscaped gardens and pathways. Open daily from 6am to 8pm. 

Bang Krasop Cork Tree Forest Park: 
This forest park was set up several years ago with the main goal to plant cork trees (“lamphu”; a mangrove species) in order to conserve fireflies. The cork tree forest park is also a learning site for different tree species and an important growing area for Nipa palms. Fireflysighting is a unique pastime here. Located on Soi Petchahueng 20; it can easily be reached by bike. 

Herbal Joss Stick Home: 
Visitors can see how incense sticks are produced and learn interesting facts about local food and desserts. Located in Soi Petchahueng 52, contact number 0-2815-0729. 

Integrated Agriculture Farm: 
The Integrated Agriculture Farm is based on the principles of the ‘Sufficiency Economy’, a philosophy developed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Located in Soi Petchahueng 57. 

Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery

Sri Nakhon Keun Kan Park


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Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan, Thailand
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