Bang Krachao – Sam Phran Wellness Around Bangkok

Bang Krachao – the jungle that lies in an oxbow curve of Bangkok´s Chao Phraya river, barely 2 km. from the central business district of Bangkok. Bang Krachao also has a nickname –´the lung of Bangkok´ — a lush oasis that offers a welcome breath of fresh air in the heart of the city.

A public park in Bang Krachao called Si Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden (also known as Suan Bang Krachao) – a public park like no other because some part of it is like a natural forest, with a unique ecosystem. It was built with an aim to make it a source of pure, clean air and for people to come to exercise. Suggested activites include renting a bike for a biking tour around Bang Krachao, bridwatching, and visiting Ban Thup Samunphrai, Siamese Fighting Fish Museum, and Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market* (*operates only Sat. – Sun.).

Visiting Bang Kobua Community is a must, it is a community with sustainability vision with the purpose of preserving the nature area and generating the incomes for the habitants. Bang Kobua Community creates and promotes community tourism routes base on local intellect, culture and environment. Here you can join many activities arranged by the community such as tie-dyeing with organic colours workshop, local food cooking class such as Crunchy Coconut Soup or Lotus Leaf Wraps, herbal spa foot massage, herbal compress ball workshop, kayaking and cruising along Phae canal.

Proceed quietly and you might see electric-blue kingfishers, racket-tailed drongos and
giant monitor lizards. No less striking is the sight of Bangkok´s skyscrapers,
glimpsed above the swaying palm trees, reminding you just how close the city is,
even as you relish this breath of fresh air.

Getting to Bang Krachao: From BTS Bangna Station, take a taxi or motorcycle to Sapphawut Bangna pier for 3 km. Bicycles and motorcycles can be taken on the ferry. The ferry will go to Wat Bang Namphueng Nok pier, from there, you can also rent a bicycle to explore Bang Krachao area.

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Sam Phran – one of the districts in Nakhon Pathom province, is about 2-hour ride by car from Bangkok city center. The province is situated next to Tha Chin River giving agricultural opportunities for the locals, thus most of the residents earn their living from agriculture, plantations and farms growing food crops as well as fruit orchards. In fact, Nakhon Pathom is well known for pomelos, a fruit much like a grapefruit, and some Thais call Nakhon Pathom ´the sweet pomelo town´.

Let’s check in at… Sukjai Market, an organic market that supports farmers who grow organic products in Sam Phran District in Nakhon Pathom and nearby provinces. This is part of the Sam Phran Model Project, providing organic produce to be sold directly to consumers with friendly prices. The products like organic vegetables and fruits are as fresh as you can get them from the farms. At the market, you can also find traditional sweet and savory food utilized ingredients that are good for your health and your wallet.

Another market that you must not miss if you come to Nakhon Pathom is the Don Wai Floating Market, a floating market along the Tha Chin River. It’s full of shops, selling delicious Thai food, traditional desserts and sweet, handmade products, fresh fruits, and vegetables grown by people in the community.

After that, stop by to pay respects at Wat Rai Khing – a well-known temple and  the center of the hearts and minds of the locals.

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi – The first religious landmark that signified the introduction of Buddhism into Thailand.

If you still want to see more of the province, you should visit Nakhon Pathom city center where you will be witnessing Thailand´s biggest pagoda — `Wat Phra Pathom Chedi´ — the symbol of the city. This Buddhist temple had been established around the year 325 BCE, and the stupa had been built around the year 193 BCE. It is first mentioned in Buddhist texts of the year 675, however archaeological findings date back to the 4th century. Mondern Historians believe that the pagoda was one of the principal pagodas of ancient Nakhon Pathom as the largest settlement of Dvaravati culture.  

During the evening, there will be food strolls in the temple area
where the local likes to have their dinner there!

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