Established on 12th August 1992, to honor the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Sirikit Park is probably one of the most attractive botanical gardens in Bangkok. Not only does it serve as an ideal picnic spot for locals as well as tourists, but, with its wealth of floral species, it is also a great learning centre for understanding the flora of Thailand. This 200-rai paradise adjoins the Chatuchak Weekend Market and stands between Kamphaeng Phet 2 and Kamphaeng Phet 3 Roads.
With its huge area of 200 rai (120,000sq m), and its diverse collection
of over 2,000 species of local and foreign plants, Queen Sirikit park
acts as an idyllic sanctuary to enjoy breezy evenings and chiming
birdsongs. Its vast expanse of grassy stretches and unperturbed
surrounds also offers wonderful opportunities for taking leisurely
evening strolls. Besides its natural treats, the park also shelters many
man-made attractions within its realms.
There is a sparkling pool inside the park, garlanded with different
varieties of flowers and three beautiful fountains that dance to the
sound of music. The Botanical Gardens inside the park, such as 'The
Lotus Garden', 'The Banana Garden', 'The Hibiscus Yard' and 'The
Frangipani Yard', present equally delightful attractions, with their
floral treasures. Especially, the Lotus Garden is a rare sight, with
geometrically shaped pools and a diverse assortment of colorful lotuses.
The park also decks in landscaped flowerbeds that girdle its numerous
walkways. There are benches shaded by climbers, laid out in different
corners of the park. Another key draw is the expertly laid out
'Provincial Tree Garden'. Fashioned as the map of Thailand, this garden
marks each province with a tree that is local to that area. Thus, this
tree garden not only adds on to the distinctiveness of the park, but
also presents the plant life of Thailand in an entirely new light.
However, the most remarkable nature of Queen Sirikit Park is that it is
the first garden in Thailand that caters to the needs of the visually
impaired. Its beauty is open to the blind in the form of Braille
information signs. In addition, the park is also equipped with automatic
speakers that provide requisite information whenever anyone passes by.
Queen Sirikit Park is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, from 9
am to 5 pm. During weekends and public holidays, its operating hours are
from 10 am to 6 pm. It remains closed on Mondays.