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Proposal to Develop Tourism Sites on Ko Kret Submitted to Mobile Cabinet Meeting

July 25, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Tourism sites on Ko Kret, a small island located in Chao Phraya River, off Pak Kret district in Nonthaburi province, are receiving a major boost.They will be developed further to attract more visitors.

The project for the development of Ko Kret as part of cultural tourism available along the Chao Phraya River has been submitted to the Cabinet, during its mobile meeting in Ayutthaya province on 19 July 2013.

Culture Minister Sontaya Kunplome, who paid an inspection tour to Ko Kret on 18 July 2013, said that historical sites around Ko Kret would be renovated, while the landscape of the island would be improved. At the same time, more facilities would be provided, so that the island would be able to accommodate more tourist arrivals.

The project, to be carried out from 2013 to 2014, involves the development of five tourism sites, namely Wat Saeng Siri Tham, Wat Bang Chak, Wat Sao Thong Thong, Wat Chimphli, and Wat Klang Kret.

The Culture Minister said that the development of cultural tourism on Ko Kret would generate more income for the local community, which has unique features reflecting traditional water-based culture.

This picturesque island is close to Bangkok and local people travel mainly by boat. It is only some two kilometers long and one kilometer wide. There are seven villages, and the largest and most populous one is the Mon community. The surroundings of Ko Kret offer a chance to explore the culture of this ethnic group, which has been part of Thailand’s history for hundreds of years. Most of the Mon descendants are orchard growers and potters.

Ko Kret is famous for its handcrafted pottery. The main attraction for visitors is that it is an enjoyable place for simply walking around, browsing the merchandise in the many pottery shops. Apart from the five temples to be developed as tourism sites by the Ministry of Culture, the most important attraction is Wat Poramai Yikawat. There is a small castle with a five-tiered roof in the temple area. It used to house a Mon coffin of a former abbot. Another Mon characteristic here is the Mon-style pagoda. The chapel enshrines a reclining Buddha of the late Ayutthaya period.

Ko Kret is also well-known for authentic Mon cuisine. A popular dish is khao chae, a seasonal and enticing summer dish which comprises rice in iced jasmine scented water and various elaborately prepared side dishes. Other popular Mon dishes are fish cakes with kala shoots, a kind of herb from the same family as ginger.

Visitors can admire the molding and pottering skills of many families there. A day tour of Ko Kret is one of the best choices. Boat rides around the island are available and will bring pleasure to all visitors.

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