Koh Kret is a hidden gem. Actually an island located in the Chao Phraya River just north of Bangkok in Nonthaburi, it is noted for its pottery, made by the ethnic Mons, who are the original inhabitants of the islet. On weekends, lots of Bangkok Thais come here to check out the ceramics, as well as enjoy the homemade Thai sweets and desserts for which the isle is also noted for. However, if you come here during the week, you’ll have the place to yourself.
Browsing the ceramic shops and food markets aside, there is plenty more to enjoy here. Best of all, the island is automobile free, and as it is only seven kilometers around, one can walk or rent bicycles to meander around the small paths that ring the island. Other points of interest here include a lopsided sunken looking chedi that sits over the river and is Koh Kret’s most iconic symbol, a Thai microbrewery sitting along the riverbank, and plenty of artsy cafes to wander into while meandering around the island.