Category: Public Parks

Banana Family Park

It is situated at 17/1  Soi Aree 1 , in the compound of  Baan Aree , near  BTS Station Soi Aree, Phaholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok  tel .02 279 7838. It’s a venue for variety activities in the same compound such as Dhamma Library ” Baan Aree”, Yoga, Musical School  together with Spa and Fitness and also provide food shop and coffee corner, also being able to join Dhamma Lecture in the cozy atmosphere at the Prem Pri park. More information please visit www.baanaree.net

In the year 2008, Art Land Project will be launched for exhibits variety pieces of Art works of both old and new generation, organized by Artery, Also there is Art Land for youth and students to perform their imagination and some creative activity.

*** The Art Land Project will have official opening day on March 8, 2008, with the art exhibition ” The Elephant Voice” by Supachet Phumikan. Souvenirs and Hangmade items are also available for colletors. For more details on the Art Land Project, please contact Artery at tel:  0 2630 3006 or  www.arterythailand.com

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Situated in the southeastern area of Vachirabenjatas Park (Railway Park), the garden covers an area of approximately 6 rai. It comprises an activity ground, exhibition area, feed breeding room, embryo breeding room, scenic area, insectariums, butterfly garden and Lamphu tree ground. There is a cage covering an area of 1,100 square metres with a large dome of 15 metres high, built from an open framework for good ventilation. The garden area connects to Chatuchak Park and Queen Sirikit Park. It is a natural study room ideal for learning and being a source of information as well as exchange of knowledge about butterflies and insects, their life cycles and being. The garden is open daily except for Monday during 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

Location: on Phaholyothin Road, near Railway Park, Chatuchak.
Open: Tue – Sun and public holidays
Admission: Free
Tel: 0 2272 4359-60, 0 2272 4680

Benchasiri Park

This compact park on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 24 was built to commemorate the 60th birthday of HM Queen Sirikit in 1992.  It features a huge sculpture of commemorative coin illustrating an image of HM Queen Sirikit and 12 pieces of contemporary sculptures including childrens works.

Open : Daily from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission : Free

Chatuchak Park

This is located at the junction of Phahonyothin and Vibhavadi Rungsit roads. There are nine pieces of ASEAN sculptures that enhance the character of the park.

Open: Daily from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Nearby attractions: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Central Ladprao, BTS Mochit Station

King Rama IX Park

Enhancing the quality of life King Rama IX Park is an expression of gratitude from the people of Bangkok to H.M. King Bumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 1987.

The 200 acre park is Thailand’s first comprehensive botanical garden, providing a relaxing environment. It has six distinct areas, each with its own specific theme.

The Garden of the Great King or Uthayan Maharaj, symbolizes the Sovereign Grace and Majesty is the first and most important area.

Area two is the botanical garden where research is conducted on varies types of flora and the knowledge gained is passed on.

The Reservoir at area three is named Traphang Keo and truly exemplifies His Majestys efforts to mitigate flooding in Bangkok as it adds to the effectiveness of the project he has proposed.

The Rommaniya Garden” in area four is an open garden with miniature reproductions of Thailand’s natural heritage including mountains and other geological features.

Area five is an open field for use for entertainment and festival purposes. It is called Sanam Rasdara which means Royal Ground.

There are mixed jungle and wetlands providing habitats for fish and waterfowl in area six.

In addition to these main areas, there are also seven international miniature gardens that were created with the assistance of experts from each of the countries represented.

How to get there : Bus routes 145, 206, 207
Open : Daily 5 am. to 5 pm.
Admission : 10 Baht
Tel : 0 2328 1395

Lumphini Park

The green zone in the city. This is where businessmen, tourists and Bangkok residents come to jog. Older folks practice their Tai Chi while others just relax in the fresh environment.

Lumphini Park was originally an open field called Sala Field, the private property of King Rama VI. In 1925 he donated it to the nation as the first public park. The name Lumphini comes from the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The park was used as a fair ground and as the site for The Siamrath Phiphithapan Trade Fair held to promote Thai products.Covering an area of 58 hectares, Lumphini Park has so much to offer visitors right in the center of the city. The lush, green lawns are ideal for family picnics, while the two lakes have paddle and rowing boats for rent. Throughout the park there are vendors selling cool drinks and snacks. For the literary minded, there is a public library located within the park. Another way to exercise the brain is to sit at one of the many tables that are used for playing oriental board games such as checkers and Chinese chess.During the cooler months of the year, December and January, there are free concerts titled Sundays in the park. These concerts feature a whole range of musical entertainment from The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra to rock bands, traditional ensembles and Thai country music called Luk Tung. The performances start at 5.00 p.m. and seating is on mats on the grass. The early bird gets the best position.

How to get there : BTS Sky Train to Saladaeng Station, Subway to Lumphini Station. Bus routes 4,13, 22, 45, 47, 141
Open : Daily 5 am. – 8 pm.
Admission : Free

Queen Sirikit Park

Situated between Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road and Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, near Chatuchak Weekend Market, Queen Sirikit Park was established on August 12,1992 to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of HM the Queen.

The Park covers an area of 200 rai (120,000sq m), and was intended as a plantation following the concept of the diversity of plants in a forest. The park is also designated as one of Thailand’s ideal botanical gardens, where more than 2,000 species of local and foreign plants are preserved.

This “Little Forest in a Big City” is nothing short of an oasis of ponds, pavilions, fresh breezes, and gentle birdsong.  It is a perfect escape from Bangkok’s never-ending bustle, a place for leisurely strolls and photos with friends and loved ones.  It is also right next to Chatuchak Park (Suan Chatuchak) and Rotfai Park (Suan Rotfai).

Sirikit Park offers many attractions:

The Winding Pool – This beautiful pool winds through the Park, its shape a combination of an ‘s’ with the Thai letter ‘sah seua’, the first letter in the Queen’s name.  The pool is
decorated with flowers and three fountains, which entertain visitors three times a day, at
7am, 12pm and 5pm. Come enjoy a relaxing atmosphere together with the movement and the splashing sound of dancing fountains accompanied by light music.

Botanical Gardens – Along the trail, visitors will see various kinds of plants grouped according to their botanical families, such as:

The Banana Garden – Over 70 species are on display.

The Lotus Garden – Geometrically shaped pools are filled with colourful lotuses of many types, both local and foreign.  The pools themselves are arranged as petals around a central circular pool.  Various kinds of lotuses are planted in ancient jars which rest on granite platforms encircling the garden. The best time to enjoy the lotus garden is in the morning,
from 6am to 8am when the lotuses are in bloom.

Visitors will be amazed by the beautiful flowers on display, including the Siam Ruby Lotus – both pink and white varieties – and the Victoria Waterlily, which changes colour according to its life cycle from white, when it is young, to purple at maturity.  The landscaped beds along the walkway to the lotus garden are presented in European garden style.

The Hibiscus Yard – Brightly coloured hibiscus are presented.

The Asok Tree Yard – Each kind has different young / newborn branches which look like bunches of blossoms.

The Frangipani Yard – A large yard is filled with different kinds of charming frangipani, located along a canal near a fountain.  In late afternoon, the flowers send sweet scent to permeate the garden air.

Along the Trails – Benches are placed under trellis roofs covered by climbing vines, creating deliciously shady spots for relaxation. The most special vine is the rare Yan Da-o or ‘Golden Leaf Vine’.  It has butterfly-shaped leaves, which are light green when young, and turn  deep velvety red-brown when mature.  These gorgeous leaves reflect the sunlight in
shimmers of gold, giving the plant its name. This plant was found in 1970 by HM the Queen at Bayo Waterfall in a national park in the southern province of Narathiwat.  It was brought to the park in 1996.  Three years later it first gave golden leaves in Bangkok.

Another special favorite is Yan Lipao, a vine with little light green leaves.  The Queen found this plant in a mangrove in Narathiwat.  Her insightful projects have encouraged the revival of traditional skills as a means of increasing rural income.  For instance, she encourages craftsmanship such as the making of distinctive handbags from Yan Lipao vines.

The Provincial Tree Garden – This garden is in the shape of a map of Thailand.  Each province is represented by a tree local to that province.

Building Commemorating HM the Queen’s 72 birthday – There are displays of HM the Queen’s work and projects concerning the conservation of our natural environment.  Names and pictures of interesting plants in the garden are included.  Currently the information is only in Thai, but park staffs are working to update it in English.

The building is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 – 17:00, weekends and public holidays from 10:00 – 18:00. It is closed on Monday.

Three Buildings for Thai plants – Central and West; South and East; North and Northeast.
Trails inside each building are designated for local plants from each region.  Lush greenery is scattered with colorful orchids and flowers.

Garden for The Blind – This is the first garden for the sight-impaired in Thailand. Visitors will enjoy nature and acquaint themselves with various species of aromatic plants by sense of touch and smell.  The garden is equipped with Braille information signs, iron bars leading visitors along the trails, as well as speakers which automatically give information when visitors pass by.

Other attractions in the Park include Garden of Aromatic Plants and Plants from Thai Literature and Garden of Plants Concerned with the Thai Monarchy.

Queen Sirikit Park is a perfect venue for recreation as well as a learning centre about the flora of Thailand aw well as foreign lands.

Getting There:

By Taxi:
Visitors are suggested to mention the Thai name of the Park as ‘Suan Satharana Sirikit’, as well as describe to taxi drivers that it is located near Chatuchak Park and Rotfai Park. Otherwise, the drivers might think of Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre instead.

By Car:
Enter the park via the main entrance on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd. Parking is provided.

By Train:
The park is easy to reach from the Mo Chit BTS station or the Chatuchak Park MRT station. From either of these stations, walk along Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd. to one of the park entrances.

By Bus:
Bus numbers 77, 122, 136, 145 and Air-con 145 stop at the park entrance on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road.

Rommaninat Park

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This is a public park built on the old prison grounds on Mahachai Road near Wat Suthat. The Corrections Museum inside the park displays instruments of punishment and evolution of punishment in Thailand.Open : Park – Daily from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Museum – Thu. – Sat from 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Admission : Free

Sanam Luang

A vast open ground situated near the northern wall of the Grand Palace and the eastern wall of the former Viceroy Palace or Wang Na. At the time when Bangkok was first established, the ground was a rice field and was sometimes used as a location for a royal crematorium, Phra Men in Thai. The ground was, thus, otherwise called as Thung Phra Men which means the crematorium ground. In considering that the name was inauspicious, King Rama IV had the ground renamed as Thong Sanam Luang, or the Royal Ground, and the rice farming there cancelled. Later, King Rama V had the Wang Nas eastern wall demolished and the area of Sanam Luang enlarged to cover a total of 78 rai as it does nowadays. The place has been used as the crematorium ground for kings, members of the royal family and nobility, in addition, to being a royal sporting ground. The king also had 365 tamarind trees planted around it.

Open : Daily
Admission : Free

Santi Chai Prakan Pavilion and Public Park

It was constructed near Phra Sumen Fort under the cooperation between the Royal Thai Government and the general public to mark the auspicious occasion of the sixth cycle birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King on 5 December, 1999. The spacious area provides a pleasant atmosphere as well as a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River and the Rama VIII
Bridge. It is popular among both Thais and foreigners, especially from the nearby Bang Lamphu community.

Open : Daily
Admission : Free