Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bangkok’s Most Popular Parks

Bangkok has several lush, beautiful parks available for the use of residents and tourists alike that want to experience the natural beauty and splendor of this fine city.  Many of these parks have excellent facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, picnic areas, and more.  Whatever outdoor activities your family likes to do, there will be a Bangkok park that would accommodate them.

The best-known park in Bangkok is Lumpini Park, a tranquil place that is the oldest of the city’s many parks.  It covers more than half a million square meters (57.6-hectare (142-acre)) and was established in the 1920s as a craft and flower market.  This never came to be; Lumpini Park instead developed into a go-to spot for various outdoor activities.

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park, located next to the market of the same name, is within downtown Bangkok and contains a beautiful Thai Literature and Herb Garden that visitors absolutely must experience for themselves.  Visitors can take a row boat onto the pond or watch the fish swim and eat; they can also visit nearby soccer fields and tennis courts to take in a little more intense activity. 

This place can be really crowded in the weekend as tourists flock to the Chatuchak Market. This park is open from 04:30 until 21:00 every day.  Visit the Youth Traffic Garden and Train Museum while in the area.

Queen Sirikit Park

Queen Sirikit Park was established as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on her 50th birthday in August of 1992.  Visit the tree garden, where the trees of Thailand’s provinces are arranged to represent the shape of Thailand itself!  Don’t forget to check out the nearby Children’s Discovery Museum and take in the park’s Lotus and Water Lily Yard, botanical gardens, and gorgeous pond.  This park is open from 5:00 until 18:00 every day.

King Rama IX Park

King Rama IX Park was built to commemorate His Majesty the King’s 50th birthday in 1987, and was commissioned by Suan Luang Rama XI.  There are several zones within this park, each with different attractions: ‘Sanam Rat’, which contains areas for sports and festivals; Rommanee Garden, which is an imitation of the various landscapes of Thailand; ‘The Garden of the Great King’, with its Ratchapreuk trees, whose yellow colouring represents the King.  The park has several other attractions that must be experienced, including a Lotus Garden and Rock Wall Garden.  This park is open from 5:00 until 18:00 each day.

Santichaiprakarn Park

Santichaiprakarn Park is unique in construction as it is centered around one of the city’s old fortifications – few of which still exist, making this park a very special place.  This place is popular with street performers and artists.  Bars and restaurants are very close to this park, as is the Khao San Road, which makes Santichaiprakarn a very popular destination; it’s right in the middle of all the action!

The next time you visit Bangkok, take in one of its beautiful parks and escape city life for a day. Bring a blanket, some snack and a book and you’re all set to enjoy the sun. 

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