Khung Bang Kachao
Anyone who has witnessed Bangkok from a bird’s eye view will have spotted a gigantic green swathe among the chaotic traffic, high rise buildings and industrial sites. This green area, encircled by the Chao Phraya River, is known as Khung Bang Krachao (or Bang Krachao River Bend), and it covers an area of 11,000 rai (17.6 sq.km). Here visitors can experience a totally different and altogether more tranquil vibe, so much so that they won’t believe they are less than an hour from downtown Bangkok.
There are communities with familiar names on this side of the river bend including Bang Krachao, Bang Nam Phueng and Bang Ko Bua. Upon arrival, travelers can take in the peaceful surroundings, bike along the designated routes to local communities, shop at markets and visit local cafes.
Situated in Khung Bang Kachao, “Si Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden” is a great place for travellers to learn about native plants and observe all kinds of exotic birds atop the bird watching tower. They can also find home stay accommodation in the Bang Nam Phueng community and enjoy watching fireflies flickering in the night sky in the mangrove forest on the city’s outskirts. A trip to Khung Bang Krachao will also help visitors understand and appreciate how the community’s preservation of the traditional way of life and the nature that surrounds it has created a sustainability and a harmonious coexistence between villagers and their environment, despite its close location to a big, rapidly developing city.
- Bike down to local communities or kayak to Bang Nam Phueng Market without causing a trace of pollution.
- Enjoy Si Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and observe exotic birds on the bird observation tower.
- Experience cozy homestay accommodation in Bang Nam Phueng community and catch the breathtaking fireflies in a mangrove forest at night.
Best Time to Visit
- All year round
- Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden5 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bird Watching Tower, Sri Nakhon KhueanKhan Park (Map)
6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bangkok Tree House (Map)
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ban Ma Kham Cafe, Bang Kachao (Map)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
Pob Rak Na Bang Nam Phueng (Map)
weekdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Homemade Coffee (Map)
7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)