Bangkok is more than just a big city filled with shopping malls, bars and restaurants. Although many people do not realise when they first arrive here, there are actually a large number of parks scattered around Bangkok, which are perfect for picnics or a long walk.
Overlooking downtown Bangkok’s most spectacular views, Benjakitti Park spans more than 210,000sqms, and sits just across the way from the Queen Sirikit National Centre. Swathed in lush greenery and home to the vast Lake Ratchada, with dedicated jogging and bicycle paths, this is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. In the middle of the lake, Travelup adds, there is a magnificent fountain, along with a large stage which is used for light performances at New Year’s Eve. If you don’t feel like taking a stroll or going for a cycle around the park, you can always rent a paddle or a row boat and enjoy the views of the rest of the park from the lake.
Another park, which is relatively new in comparison to Bangkok’s other green spaces, is Benjasiri. Travelup reviews of this park say that its one of the best places in the city for those with an interest in art and sculpture, as some of Thailand’s most impressive pieces can be found here. The park’s centrepiece is a fountain, created by Mesium Yipinsoy, the master sculptor, which features a beautiful water display three times each day. Whilst you cannot take paddle boat out on the water here, Travelup explains, there are plenty of other activities which you can entertain yourself with; you can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, go rollerblading in the rink, or join in a game of tennis on the court.
For those who prefer a more peaceful park environment, there’s nowhere better than Chatuchak Park, located in the northern part of downtown Bangkok. You can simply relax and soak up the beauty of the gardens here, or take a refreshing walk along the tree-lined paths. Just recently, the old golf course which sits next to the park was added as an extension to Chatuchak, and is now home to both soccer fields and tennis courts. With its abundance of benches which are shaded by trees, Travelup says, this is the ideal spot if you want to cool down on a hot day in the city.