About an hour and thirty minutes outside of Bangkok you will find Otzki Wake Camp, the ultimate water arena to put your wakeboarding skills to the test. All skill levels are welcome. While wakeboarding can be thrilling, Otzki Wake Camp combines both the excitement of being on the water with peaceful, lakeside bungalows for those who wish to stay at its resort. Bungalows start at ฿1,000 per night. There are also day packages available for ฿2,000, which includes 30 minutes on the water and an organic lunch.
Otzki Wake Camp, +66 (0) 86 994 6883
Just a few hours outside of Bangkok is the historical city of Kanchanaburi. There is no shortage of things to see and do in Kanchanaburi; some of the top attractions include Erawan National Park, Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, Death Railway Museum, the bridge over the River Kwai, and much more. You will struggle most with choosing which one of these attractions you want to visit during your day.
If you are looking to escape the city in hopes of getting some fresh air, Bang Krachao is the island to visit. This artificial island is alluring to tourists looking to cycle, which is almost an impossible endeavor in the busy city of Bangkok. Local bike tours have sprung up throughout the island, and tourists can also rent a bike for about $1 for the entire day to explore it via raised wooden paths that weave throughout. You will find Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park here. You can rent paddle boats and kayaks to explore its lakes. There is also a floating market on this island on the weekend, which is less tourist-infested than some of the more popular markets in and around Bangkok.
Ko Kret is about 15 kilometers north of central Bangkok. It is here you will find one of Thailand’s oldest settlements of Mon people. Between the 6th and 10th centuries AD, they were a dominant tribe of central Thailand. You will also find many handmade terracotta pots, which are sold all over the artificial island. Like Bang Krachao, it also has a great weekend market, which is less touristy and offers visitors a wide array of fresh flowers, unique food, and souvenirs to browse. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to visit Ko Kret’s largest temple, Wat Poramaiyikawas, as well. The lack of cars on the island makes it easy to explore on bicycle.