Bangkok Parks and Gardens
Bangkok may be a modern metropolis, but it is home to a good selection of local parks and green spaces. Each of the parks in Bangkok are quite unique and have something rather individual to offer, with some being home to museums, restaurants, sports facilities, playground areas and seasonal ceremonies.
Each May, crowds gather at Sanam Luang Park to watch the famous Royal Ploughing Ceremony, while for others, the year-round botanical interest within the vast King Rama IX Royal Park is especially appealing.
Address: Sukhumvit Road, Klongtan, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 262 0810
Benjasiri Park is a great place to escape Bangkok life and is full of interest, with something for everyone. The park is home to a selection of sports facilities, which include areas set aside for both badminton and basketball, while art aficionados will appreciate the numerous sculptures. Those simply looking for a quiet spot will find shaded seating, food stalls and plenty of seasonal interest. Benjasiri Park is especially close to the Emporium shopping centre.
Open hours: daily - 05:00 to 20:00
Address: Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand, TH
Lumpini Park is amongst the oldest and largest parks in the whole of Bangkok, being located within the Bangrak area. This is an important public space close to both Siliom Road and Rama IV, and many major office buildings. Various city events take place within the Lumpini Park, including a range of fitness activities. For holiday makers, the two lakes offer stunning views and paddleboats, while other highlights include a red and gold Chinese-style gazebo, ancient banyan trees, jogging trails, a clock tower and a number of restaurants.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to 21:00
King Rama IX Royal Park
Address: Sri Nakharin Road, Bangkok, 10210, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 328 1857
Lying within the suburbs of Bangkok and full of flowers, the King Rama IX Royal Park covers a vast area of some 200 acres / 80 hectares. Those with an interest in horticulture should be sure to visit these beautiful botanical gardens, where children will enjoy the play area and dramatic waterfall.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to 18:00
Suan Pakkad Palace Gardens
Address: 352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 245 0568
Home to a collection of traditional Thai plants and landscaping, the Suan Pakkad Palace Gardens feature a strong oriental theme. The true highlights are the park's collection of historic timber buildings, which feature ornate interiors and many Thai antiquities. Contrasting modern office buildings nearby remind you that you are actually within a modern city.
Open hours: daily, seasonal variations
Sanam Luang Park (Royal Fields)
Address: Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand, TH
Most famous for hosting the popular Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Sanam Luang Park is an important green area within the Phra Nakorn area of Bangkok. Each year in the middle of May, the ceremony celebrates the arrival of the rice planting season, with buffaloes leading old-fashioned ploughs in front of large crowds. Sanam Luang Park is also a prominent hub for a number of local bus lines.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Princess Mother Memorial Park
Address: Soi 3, Somdet Chao Phraya Road, Khlong San, Bangkok, 10600, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 437 7799
Located next to the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River and dating back to 1993, the Princess Mother Memorial Park is full of tropical foliage and colour. Many people visit the park for its exhibition halls, which celebrate the life of Thailand's much-loved Princess Mother, Srinagarindra, who died in 1995.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 16:00
Rama IX Park
Address: Rama III Road, Bangklolaem, Bangkok, 10120, Thailand, TH
Sited beneath the Rama IX Bridge and surrounded by an established business district and many office buildings, Rama IX Park becomes particularly busy at midday, when locals come here to eat their lunch. With riverfront views and many tranquil spots suitable for a quick picnic, the park is a relatively new addition to Bangkok's greenery, being established at the end of the 20th century.
Open hours: daily - 05:00 to 21:00