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Converted from parts of The Tobacco Monopoly property, this 130-rai public greenery makes an excellent bike and jogging spot in downtown Bangkok. The skyscraper backdrop behind the artificial lake also makes a spectacular photo op.
Opened on 12 August 1992 to honor the Queen Sirikit’s 60th Birthday, this green space sits right next to a luxury shopping mall The Emporium. On top of jogging and strolling, aesthetes will enjoy scavenging for 12 sculpture pieces scattered throughout the park.
One of Bangkok’s most accessible park thanks to its location right by BTS Mochit and MRT Chatuchak Park stations, this green space boasts a leafy jogging route, a manmade lake, and a handsome clock tower. It makes a perfect evening stroll after exhausting bargaining at the nearby Chatuchak Market
Designed by architectural studio Landprocess, the 30-rai Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park, created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thailand’s oldest university, is at the heart of an initiative to give new life to the Samyan neighborhood and to transform it into a livable space for all generations. “Our concept was to look at future of Bangkok and the world in the next 100 years—and the challenges we will confront, such as climate change—and then reassess the role Chulalongkorn will play in this future,” Landprocess founder Kotchakorn Voraakon explains. “Bangkok has grown so fast—too fast. The problem is, we have never treated our city like we were supposed to. For example, we turn canal systems and waterway networks into roads, so the city isn’t capable of collecting and draining rainwater.” Landprocess designed the park as a water treatment showcase for city dwellers. “When you look at the park, it is tilted on one side so that it can work as a giant rain garden that delivers falling water to a connecting zero-discharge area, where we have constructed a wetland to clean the water and a tank to store it for future use. The park is designed to collect and clean wastewater from nearby buildings, too.” There will be an exhibition room and parking area underneath the park.
Sitting 15 minutes away from BTS Udom Suk Station, this green space in the outskirt of Bangkok is the city’s largest park. The highlights include a flowery botanical garden and seven gardens drawing the designs from different countries.
Guarded by the wall of an old prison, Rommaneenat Park also boasts a basketball court and an old-school rustic gym. Don’t forget to check out The Corrections Museum nearby that tells the history of the country’s law enforcement and gruesome punishments.
The Queen Sirikit Park now features a new wooden pedestrian bridge, offering an alternative for park visitors to easily cross over to neighboring Rod Fai Park. Made of timber, the Bird Wave Bridge was designed by award-winning Thai landscape design firm, Shma (projects include green residential and public spaces in Thailand and abroad), and was inspired by the nearby Bird Sanctuary. The name of the bridge marks it as a popular bird viewing spot.
Located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Suan Santi Chaiprakarn Park offers a fun, relaxing vibe and magnificent views of the Rama VIII Bridge. Built around Phra Sumen Fort, a structure dating back to the reign of Rama I, the park features a number of lamphu trees, which inspired the name of the Banglumphu district. Visitors to the park engage in activities like jogging, Chinese martial arts, aerobics, fishing and many more. You can see Thai people of all ages enjoying themselves here, as well as foreigners and tourists straggling in from nearby Khaosan Road.
Once the State Railway of Thailand’s golf course, this giant public park — which is better known by its nickname, Suan Rodfai — is now a heaven for jogging, park cycling and weekend leisure.