Bangkok Parks

  • Posted onFebruary 10th, 2013

The Parks of Bangkok

benjakiti-park-bangkokModern day Bangkok is infamous for its bustling streets, choc-a-bloc traffic, outrageous nightlife, and jam packed mega malls, all of which draw people from far and wide. While it’s temples and museums offer some brief escape from the manic mayhem outside, many can still be found swarming with tourists and local worshipers. Not to threat, Bangkok actually has several fantastic parks, not just offering large lush green havens of peace and tranquility, but also dedicated cycling and running tracks, sports courts, swimming pools, boating lakes, activity and workout zones, playgrounds, museums, monuments, sculptures, and landscaped gardens.

Proving to be a contemporary metropolis, city dwellers are encourage to engage in sports and exercise with almost every park in Bangkok seeming to have an array sports facilities and running tracks. While some tennis courts and pools may charge a small fee, many parks have free meditation and fitness areas. For those who simply want to escape the chaos without the need to exercise, you’ll find lots of beautiful gardens, pathways, ponds and lakes to explore, as well as boating lakes and children’s play areas.

Lumpini Park

Lumpini-Park-BangkokPerhaps the most famous park in Bangkok, Lumpini is a huge green city haven covering more than 500,000 square kilometers (360 rai/142 acres), home to a number of beautiful gardens. Lumpini Park has been around since the 1920s, originally designed as large botanical garden and exhibition center. Though it no longer fulfills either ambition, it’s is instead now known to be downtown Bangkok’s go-to spot for peace, tranquility, and a number of outdoor activities.

Lumpini Park was named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, and contains a wealth of trees, playgrounds, and an artificial lake where you can rent a variety of boats. The park also has around 2.5 KM of pathway to explore, very popular with joggers after sunset. Cycling is also permitted between 10am and 3pm.

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak-ParkBest known for its huge weekend market, there’s another reason for tourists and nature lovers to head to Chatuchak. Chatuchak Park is the haven of northern downtown Bangkok, offering over 300 square meters of green land and attractions. Much more than just a large patch of grass and gardens, Chatuchak Park has a little something for everyone, from the football fields to the museums, you can literally make a day trip out of visiting this interesting park.

As well as tennis courts and other sports fields Chatuchak Park offers a green line jogging track and boating park to help keep you active, as well as several playgrounds for the younger ones. For those looking for nature and greenery the parks beautiful Thai Literature and Herb Garden is definitely worth a visit, while bridges leading your way there take you over a number of fish filled ponds. For a touch of culture the park is home to both the National Train Museum and Youth Traffic Garden, attracting over 200,000 visitors per day.

Benjakiti Park 

benjakiti-parkOffering a green city getaway to a stunning backdrop of the Sukhumvit skyline, Benjakitti Pak covers a little of 200 square meters of land and is located close to the Asoke intersection and BTS stations, opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The park itself is set entirely around a huge lake (Lake Ratchada) with a 2 KM oval pathway running around it, and a dedicated cycling track on the outside. The centerpiece of the lake is a large fountain with lights and sound, used to celebrate major festivals such as Loy Krathong and New Years.

Popular with joggers and cyclists, you can rent push bikes at the park for 40 Baht per hour, leaving you little excuse not to join in. Alternatively, the park offers paddle and row boats for those wishing to take to the water. Benjakitti also has a kid’s playground, skating ramps, fitness area, and a large platform used for group aerobics, making it one of the healthiest parks in the city!

Benjasiri Park

benjasiri-parkA fairly young park, built in 1992 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Queen Sirikit’s, Benjasiri Park (also known as Queen’s Park), is set right on Sukhumvit Road, close to the Phrom Phong BTS Station and the large, posh, Emporium Mall. The park itself has great aesthetic beauty, housing a number of beautiful sculptures, many of which are fine examples of Thai art at its best. The centerpiece of the park is a large fountain set in the central lake, which was designed and created by one of Thailand’s best known artists, Mesium Yipinsoy, featuring a light and sound ‘water dance’ show which takes places daily at 6am, midday, and 6pm.

Despite being fairly small compared to some of the other parks in the city, Benjasiri still has a lots of public pathway and offers a number of sports facilities which are quite unique to Thailand, including a basketball court, skating rink (roller skates, not ice), tennis courts, outdoor pool, and areas dedicated for group aerobics and meditation.

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