Bang Kachao, Bangkok, Thailand. Credit James Antrobus on flickr
Bangkok has been working hard on increasing green spaces and sustainable tourism. A few weeks ago we reported on Bangkok Forest Park which is due to open in 2022 and now plans have been announced for Bang Kachao, dubbed the green lung of Bangkok.
Gp Capt Athikun Kongmee, director of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta), will put proposals to the Thai cabinet later in the year for Bang Kachao to be designated as a special area for sustainable tourism.
The area is popular with Bangkok residents due to its tranquil setting within easy access of central Bangkok with its path and cycleways especially popular.
Visitors to the area for the first time find it hard to believe that they are not deep in the Thai countryside with traditional temples, rustic wooden houses and villages set within a forest landscape. Another highlight in the area is Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Gardens and Bang Nam Pheung floating market.
Bang Kachao is an artificial island formed by a bend in the Chao Phraya River and a canal at its western end. It covers 16 square kilometres (6.2 sq mi). In 2006, Bang Kachao was named “best urban oasis” by Time in its “Best of Asia” series.
Getting there is easy as well. Jump on a longtail boat near to Wat Khlong Toey Nok temple to cross the Chao Phraya and once on Bang Kachao you can hire a pushbike to help explore the area.
The sustainable tourism aim will be achieved by adopting the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) issued by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
Source Bangkok Post
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