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. 

people paddling in Benjakitti Park

Ratchadapisek Road (Asoke), Sukhumvit

+66 (0)2 254 1263

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. 

a heartshaped bush at Lumphini Park Bangkok

139/4 Witthayu (Wireless) Road, Silom/Bang Rak

+66 (0)90 248 9874

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. 

Pavilion at Rama IX Park

Dok Mai, Prawet, Eastern Bangkok

+66 (0)92 438 2849

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. 

a bird in Suan Rot Fai

Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak, Northern Bangkok

+66 (0)2 537 9221

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. 

Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan

Bang Krachao, Phra Pradaeng, Southern Bangkok

+66 (0)91 174 7656

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