Nonthaburi is home to both the maximum security men's and women's prisons for Bangkok. Quite a few foreign prisoners are inmates of the Nonthaburi Prison, many of whom are serving life sentences for narcotics offences and many of whom would appreciate a visit and a fresh conversation to take them away from the atrocious conditions for a couple of hours. The maximum security prison is located ... Read more about Khlong Prem Prison .
It is well worth taking a trip to Nonthaburi to explore the authentic and very colorful central market. Well spaced and not nearly as chaotic as some of the larger markets in downtown Bangkok, Nonthaburi market has a wide range of fresh produce and is certainly worth visiting in if you want to see a traditional Thai market. At least an hour can be spent wandering and taking in the sights, colours ... Read more about Nonthaburi Central Market .
Quite a mouthful, so the locals call it Wat Chaloem. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The area was once home to a fortress known as Pom Thamthim which was built by King Narai in 1665. The fort was mostly demolished in order for the wat, which was ordered by King Rama III in honour of his mother and grandparents, to be built. The wat is certainly worth visiting as the setting is ... Read more about Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Worawihan .
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 ... Read more about Ko Kret .
This old monastery on Ko Kret was built by Mon immigrants over 200 years ago and was originally known as Wat Pak Aom. Over time the wat was allowed to deteriorate until King Rama V stepped in, had it restored and dedicated to his grandmother and in 1884 King Chulalongkorn visited and deposited a holy relic. Although the wat is best known for its reclining Buddha and its Mon style architecture, ... Read more about Wat Paramaiyikaat .