Nonthaburi Travel Guide :
| Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, Nonthaburi Province is an ancient region. This province is 56 kilometers away from Bangkok and is a part of greater Bangkok Metropolitan Area. There are numerous Buddhist temples built during the Ayutthaya Period. Prominent among them is the Wat Pho Bang O. This magnificent temple is known for its beautiful sculptures and woodcarvings with Chinese patterns. More...
Kanchanaphisek Park is located just beyond Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat. It is spread over an area of 40 acres and it was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession of the throne by King Bhumibol. The park was built by the Treasury Department.
The park has beautiful collection of water plants, garden plants and marine animals. There is a royal landing area near the reception pavilion, which is walk-through pavilion having a four-corned tiered roof. The reception pavilion is surrounded by three traditional wooden pavilions which are carved. These pavilions are made from teak and are decorated with real gold leaves and colorful glass. Near the pavilions, you can see Thai houses built from teak in noble Thai style of architecture. More...
Ko Kret, popular known as Kret Island, is situated in the Chao Phraya River. It was formed, rather created, by the digging of a canal around a cape of the river. During the reign of King Thaisa, in 1722, the island was called Khlong Lat Kret Noi, which means a shortcut to Kret canal. Later, the canal was made bigger due to the current and the cape ended up becoming an island.
Since the Ayutthaya period, the island has always prospered as is evident from the numerous temple that are present from that period. There is, however, some evidence that Ko Kret might have been deserted after the Burmese army ransacked Ayutthaya. However, when King Taksin reclaimed Ayutthaya, he relocated Mon people to the island, which once again got populated.
If you are visiting the island to see its attractions, make sure you use a bicycle as it is the best transportation to get around the island. When you visit Ko Kret, you will see Wat Poramai Yikawat, also known as Wat Pak Ao. This used to house a Mon coffin of the former abbot of the temple. The convocation hall of the temple is fascinating with its decorations and items imported from Italy. The Buddha image in the temple is in Man Wichai posture and it was made by Prince Pradisathanworakan, who also made the Siam Thewathirat Buddha image. The face of the Buddha image seems alive. The temple has a Mon-style pagoda which is a replica of Phra That Chedi Mutai present in Hongsawadi. More...