Bang Krachao Day Trip from Bangkok (All Highlights)

Last updated: June 8th, 2024 | in Bang Krachao | Bangkok | Central Thailand | Islands | Samut Prakan | Traveling

Bang Krachao Map

Yesterday on Valentine’s Day my girlfriend and I wanted to go somewhere for a day trip, and since we didn’t want to do our usual Old-Town-Khaosan tour and see something new, we decided to check out Bang Krachao which is known (or marketed) as the “Green Lung of Bangkok“. And it’s actually an island!

Bang Krachao StreetBang Krachao is very close to Bangkok, just on the other side of the Chao Phraya River in the southern part of town, but actually located not in Bangkok but in the next province called Samut Prakan. As I said we wanted to go there for a day trip, but we liked it so much that we spontaneously decided to spend the night there.

As I’m writing this post right now I can’t believe that it took me more than 4 years living in Bangkok to discover this idillic, calm and fun little island that you can get quicker to from downtown Bangkok than to Khaosan Road!

We drove from our apartment in Ratchada by motorbike to Wat Khlong Toei Nai in southern Bangkok. There we parked the bike and walked to Khlong Toei Pier which is right around the corner.

  • You can also take the MRT to Khlong Toei Station and from there take a taxi to Wat Khlong Toei Nok for 50-60 Baht (by meter). From there walk to Khlong Toei Pier which is just 3 minutes away – see the map at the end of the guide.

The boat ride to Pae Jeab Pier on Bang Krachao costs 10 Baht. Here is the view to Bangkok from the other side:

Bang Krachao View

Once you arrive there, you will immediately be greeted by an older Thai couple that has bicycles for rental. They charge 80 Baht for a full day – if you rent them in the center of Bang Krachao it’s just 50 Baht, but it’s a bit far to walk there.

They also provide you with a free water and map.

Bang Krachao Day Trip

Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery

We started riding our bicycles to the interior of Bang Krachao.

The first highlight we saw was the Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery, which unfortunately is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bang Krachao Fish Museum

Botanical Garden

We soon reached the botanical garden, or to call it with its full name: Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park And Botanical Garden. It was really fun driving around with the bicycle – so calm, so few people, so refreshing (nice breeze) and so beautiful.

Bang Krachao Botanical Garden

One of the attractions in the botanical garden is the Bird Watching Tower. Great views of the forest from above:

Bang Krachao Bird Watching Tower

We continued our trip to Bang Nam Phueng, which is technically a separate district and not Bang Krachao anymore – but still the whole island is referred to as Bang Krachao.

Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

Our first stop there was the Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market:

Bang Krachao Floating Market

Unfortunately, that one was closed too. It only takes place on the weekend.

Bang Krachao Floating Market 2

That doesn’t mean that you should visit Bang Krachao only on the weekend – there are many more people on Saturdays and Sundays, and the Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery and the Floating Market were the only two attractions that were closed. Everything else was open.

Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nai

Right next to the floating market is the most beautiful temple in Bang Krachao: Wat Bang Nam Phueng Nai.

Bang Krachao Temple

Green Road & Flower Road

From there we rode our bikes to the “Green Road”, which is one of the most beautiful biking tracks along a canal.

Bang Krachao Bicycle

And right next to the Green Road is the so called Flower Road, pretty nice to cruise along as well:

Bang Krachao Flower Street

Kayak Rentals

By the way, if you have enough from riding the bicycle you can also rent a kayak (80 Baht for 1 hour). Just make sure you do it in the late afternoon when it’s not so hot anymore.

You can find all the mentioned highlights of Bang Krachao on the overview map at the end of the guide.

Bang Krachao Kayaks

Lunch and Drinks at Bangkok Tree House

One of the big highlights of our trip was lunch at the atmospheric Bangkok Tree House. The views all around are fantastic and their food is delicious.

Bang Krachao Food

You can also sleep there but it’s quite expensive – their room rates start at 3,900 Baht per night (3,600 Baht if you come with a Thai).

We instead decided to stay in the Bang Nam Phueng Homestay, which was 800 Baht a night. Not the worst place to spend the night on Valentine’s Day.

Bang Krachao Homestay

Overview Map of Bang Krachao Highlights

Video of Bang Krachao Highlights