The 5 best parks to go to in Bangkok
1) Benjakitti Park
You’ll forget about chaotic Bangkok at this lovely city centre oasis, crowded at sunset with locals walking, jogging, and riding bicycles. A paved bicycle path is separated from the pedestrian path, and goes 2 kilometres around the oval lake. You can rent both bicycles and rowboats/ paddleboats for the lake.
2) Lumphini Park
This is Bangkok’s largest central green area. Like Benjakitti, it features running, cycling, and boating, although over a more convoluted area. An added plus here: all the great areas for picnicking, and, during the cool season, free concerts on Sunday afternoons by the Bangkok Symphony.
3) King Rama IX Park
This large park in northeastern Bangkok is devoid of tourists and features a lotus lake with an exquisite Thai teak pavilion set in the middle of it. There are also lovely gardens here modelled on various countries around the world, abundant picnic space, and even a sports centre with a pool.
4) Suan Rot Fai
Suan Rot Fai means ‘train park’, a moniker given due to the fact that the Thailand State Railway owns the land here, but the park is anything but industrial, home to 150 acres of greenery, with bicycle loop trails and bike rental, plus a swimming pool, a kids’ play area, and a really fantastic enclosed tropical butterfly garden.
5) Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan
This is the centrepiece of Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s ‘lung’ or open green space just across the Chao Phraya River, filled with shaded pavilions, picnic spaces, a large lake with kayaks and paddle boats for rent, and tranquil bike paths. The area feels miles away from urban Bangkok despite being just a two-minute boat ride across the river.
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