This large island sits to the north of Nonthaburi and is famed both for its inhabitents and their handicrafts.
The island is almost uniformally inhabited by the Mon ethnic group. Their ancestors either fled or were forcibly taken as slaves from what is modern day Burma during the Ayutthaya period some 200 years ago and have lived on Ko Kret ever since. They are best known for their Mon style pottery which is known as Kwan Aman, all of which is made from clay from Pathum Thani province. Although the pottery side of the island does have a tourist feel to it, some of the wares are particularly nice and so cheap it's not funny. Even if you don't plan on buying, its still worth visiting as many of the potters workshops are open to the laneways and it's interesting to see the pottery being made.
What is also good on Ko Kret is the lack of traffic-other than the occasional motorbike, nearly everyone else is on bicycle. If you happen to be staying at a homestay on Ko Kret, be sure to get your hands on a couple of bicycles as they are the best way to explore the island.
How to get there
To reach Ko Kret, take buses 32, 51 or 104 from Nonthaburi (or directly to/from Bangkok). The trip takes about 30-40 minutes. Once you get to Pak Kret, hop on a motorbike to get to the pier or walk about 10 minutes, then take a cross river boat for 2B to get to the island.
Last updated on 9th April, 2005.