A vacationing destination with sun-kissed beaches may fascinate many. Taking languid strolls in spongy sands, with the foamy waters ceaselessly caressing your feet, the charm indeed is unbeatable - until you discover Bangkok. Imagine, visiting its exquisite monasteries and attractive malls during the day, followed by a rejuvenating spa experience or an ambling in any of its manicured park or garden in the evening. Once your tethered nerves feel invigorated, you are ready to start your explorations afresh and merge in its city nightlife. Bangkok is, in fact, a revelation for tourists who are looking forward to an ideal holidaying delight.
If the city hullabaloo will excite you, then solitude will not elude
you either. Even though Bangkok has relatively few open areas, it has
not failed to preserve some very well tended gardens and parks amidst
its concrete extravaganza. These grassy lands are perfect retreat for
those looking for tranquility and natural beauty. So, whether you go
disco bopping, pub skulking or prefer a shopping frenzy, make sure to
take out time to visit a few of Bangkok's gardens and parks. This
article will help you get an idea of some of the best parks and gardens
located in the Bangkok city of Thailand.
Parks & Gardens in Bangkok
Shaded amidst high-ceilinged edifices on Sukhumvit Road, Benchasiri Park
is a small, but well-maintained recreational area of Bangkok. The park
poses a rather distinctive charm, mainly due to its unique positioning
in the midst of urban clamor.
Chatuchak Park is the biggest of all parks in North Bangkok and is
popular for being the venue of the weekend Chatuchak Market. Set amidst
lush surroundings, the park has lots of open spaces and also a boating
lake. This makes it an ideal den for joggers and solitude-seekers.
Moreover, its close proximity to the Central Plaza makes it a gamboling
legroom for shoppers visiting the mall.
Luang, in front of the Grand Palace, was the former site of the weekend
Chatuchak Market of Bangkok. Today, the grassy field of Sanam Luang is
the perfect venue for conducting picnics, playing soccer and takraw
games, flying kites or simply relaxing. Besides, Sanam Luang is used for
royal cremation ceremonies and for celebrating birthdays of the King and
the Queen. It also forms the annual setting for holding the Royal
Ploughing Ceremony of Bangkok.
One of the oldest and most popular parks in Bangkok, Lumpini Park is
situated at the intersection of Rama IV and Silom Road. It borrows its
name from Buddha's birthplace in Nepal. With a sprawling area of 57
hectares, it attracts a lot of early morning joggers, nature-lovers and
Tai Chi practitioners. Lumpini Park also has two beautiful lakes, with
paddle boating facilities, that make the park a perfect getaway from the
King Rama IX
This 200-acre park situated on Si Nakharin Road is the most striking of
all parks in Bangkok. Characterized by manicured lawns and blossoming
botanical gardens, it commemorates King Rama IX's 60th birthday, in
1987. There is also a beautiful Oriental style building within its
premises, which exhibits the works and life of King Rama IX. A
restaurant set aside the sparkling lake of the garden provides the ideal
ambience for enjoying its beauty.
Mother Memorial Park
Located in the Khlong San District, this beautiful memorial park
commemorates Her Royal Highness, Princess Sri Nagarindra, King Rama IX's
mother. Built in 1993, it houses a full-scale model of the home of the
Princess Mother. There are two exhibition halls located within its
confines, which display the Princess Mother's life story and also
provides a glimpse into the history of the nearby Wat Anongkharam
Queen Sirikit Park
Built in 1991, to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of HM Queen
Sirikit, this lavish public park of Bangkok is just a stone throw away
from the bustling areas of the Chatuchak weekend market. The park is a
storehouse of a variety of recreational facilities that include a
botanical garden, a rock park, a lotus field, three fountains and a
Children Discovery Museum. For those who are interested in exotic
varieties of plants or are looking for a place to spend a languorous
evening, the Queen Sirikit Park is a must-visit.
The cityscape of Bangkok is known for its concrete wealth that juts out
in the form of many titanic monuments, palaces and buildings. However,
in the midst of this stony jungle in Thailand rests some utterly
tranquil and green stretches such as the Santiphap Park.