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Return to Ko Kret, Thailand

Return to Ko Kret, Thailand

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Published by M.G. Edwards
Bangkok, Bicycle, Bicycle Ride, Buddhism, Buddhist Shrine, Buddhist Temple, Ceramics, Chao Phraya, Chedi, Coconut Ice Cream, Ferry, Flood, Ganesha, Indie Author, Island, Ko Kret, Koh Kred, Language Barrier, Lotus Flower, Non-Fiction, Nonthaburi, OTOP, Pad Thai, Pak Kret, Pottery, Rainy Season, Rice Paddy, Sticky Rice, Stilt House, Thai Countryside, Thailand, tourism, Travel, Travelogue, Wat Sanamnau, Writing
Bangkok, Bicycle, Bicycle Ride, Buddhism, Buddhist Shrine, Buddhist Temple, Ceramics, Chao Phraya, Chedi, Coconut Ice Cream, Ferry, Flood, Ganesha, Indie Author, Island, Ko Kret, Koh Kred, Language Barrier, Lotus Flower, Non-Fiction, Nonthaburi, OTOP, Pad Thai, Pak Kret, Pottery, Rainy Season, Rice Paddy, Sticky Rice, Stilt House, Thai Countryside, Thailand, tourism, Travel, Travelogue, Wat Sanamnau, Writing

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© 2012 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved.
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By M.G. Edwards
In September 2011, my family and I visited Ko Kret (Koh Kred) Island in the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok, Thailand. Our outing then was cut short when we werestopped by the rising floodwaters that inundated the river. You can read about thatadventure here. Six months later after a long dry spell, we decided to try visiting again, this time onbicycle. A two meter decrease in the water level since late last year made the island muchmore accessible. Here are some photos showing the flooding six months ago and after thewaters receded:
 
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My wife, son and I hauled our bicycles to the ferry dock at Wat Sanamnau Buddhisttemple across from the island and carried them over. Along the way, we ran into placeswe had seen six months earlier that had been flooded during that visit. This time, theywere dry. The ferry ride on the rickety wooden boat overloaded with passengers was an adventurein and of itself, especially with bicycles in tow. The passengers rushed on and off theferry and fought for space, making it a logistical challenge to negotiate passage.We made it across the river safely and stopped for lunch at a roadside food stand thatoffered Thai cuisine. I ate Pad Thai,the national dish of Thailand
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always a “safe” dishto order if you don’t recognize any other dishes on dingy laminated menus with faded
photos and Thai descriptions. My son ate crab fried rice, and my wife a seafood soup thatlooked a bit iffy to me but that she claimed tasted good. 

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