Seen from above, this area really does looks like a giant green lung and it is literally the city’s largest green space, a wonderful breath of fresh air escape from the Bangkok traffic, noise, heat, and congestion. Located just a five minute boat ride across the Chao Phraya River, Bang Krachao actually belongs to neighboring Samut Sakhon district, and strict building codes have stopped major development here, with no factories nor high rise buildings allowed. What remains is a jungle filled traditional living area, where residents live surrounded by traffic free raised embankments off the water, and visitors here can rent bicycles and go exploring.
A couple of quaint cafes and even a boutique tree house hotels have arrived here recently, but it’s still very quiet and charming, and really is one of Bangkok’s best off the beaten path attractions. While here, make sure to also visit the massive 100 acre Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park, a giant oasis of trees, lakes, and shaded pavilions located just a kilometer down from the ferry pier. You can rent a kayak here and go paddling, also rent bicycles, or just relax on the shaded lawns and park space. Also worth a visit if you are here on weekends is the Talat Nam Peung floating market, a traditional Thai market famed for its food and traditional Thai desserts, held only on Saturday and Sunday.