Bangkok may be a busy, crazy concrete jungle but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax in some outdoor space. Bangkok has plenty of open green spaces for lounging on the grass, having a picnic, taking a nap, or watching the world go by. There are some special spots in Bangkok where you can relax under the trees away from the hectic cityscape. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor spaces in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Park/ Image via Paul Trafford/ Flickr
Chatuchak, Rot Fai and Queen Sirikit parks are all collectively grouped together under the name Chatuchak Park or Chatuchak Discovery Garden. This land that was originally owned by the State Railway of Thailand was once a golf course but now is an important place for everyone to come and relax in the open air. There is plenty to do in this collection of parks. You’ll find botanical gardens to look around, lotus ponds, places to rent bikes and rowboats, football fields, a golf driving range, weightlifting equipment, a children’s museum, a butterfly garden, basketball courts, nature trails, and even a meditation center. This is an excellent place to spend an afternoon, whatever the weather. Find the park close to Mo Chit BTS or Chatuchak MRT.
This park in the heart of Bangkok off the Sukhumvit Road is a pretty place with fountains, flower beds, and lakes. You will also find a meditation park, different playgrounds, yoga classes in the evenings, fitness equipment, plus jogging and bike tracks.
Located to the east of the Grand Palace, Saranrom was previously the royal garden where the kings entertained. Today you will find elaborate pavilions and gazebos, monuments, pagodas, and flower gardens. The tranquil atmosphere is enhanced by the banyan trees and the teakwood villas.
This is a wide, grassy space that fronts onto the Grand Palace. Often this is the location for functions and festivities but when these are not taking place it is a good site for sitting to watch the sunset, enjoying a picnic, or simply relaxing a little.
Reach this mini island via a ferry from Bangkok. Bang Kachao is a preserved natural area that is home to coconut plantations, canals, forest, and bike paths that take you around past small homes and some lovely urban “countryside”. This is a convenient way to get a little taste of rural life so close to the center of the city.
Suan Luang Rama IX (Rama IX Garden)
In the Eastern part of Bangkok, the 80 hectares of green space on offer in this park is more than enough for your relaxation needs. The park includes a lake with pedal boats, playgrounds, a Japanese Zen garden, pavilions, lotus ponds and botanical gardens with some rare blooms. This is a nice place to wander around on a weekday.
Lumpini Park/ Image via Prachanart Viriyaraks/ Flickr
This space has long been Bangkok’s favorite park. If you come to Bangkok you’ll want to visit Lumpini for the open space, the greenness, and the views. You’ll find sculptures, pavilions, lakes, an indoor fitness center, swan boats, fish, thousands of trees, and a variety of activities on offer from tai chi to yoga, dance classes to basketball. Come here for the day and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying a little peace in the heart of the city.
Benchasiri is a small park located next to the Sukhumvit Road. There are children’s playgrounds, nice spaces of grass, basketball courts, and Thai pavilions to make an impact on the skyline.
Located close to the Victory Monument area, Santi Phap is a small and this area of green space located next to Bangkok’s tallest building. At sunset there is always a wide variety of things going on, from aerobics sessions to jogging. Two small ponds provide some pretty backdrop to the park.
Also known as Phra Arthit Park, this is a riverside space that has a Thai-style wood sala and a small amount of grass. A tiny place to relax but you get good views of the river.
If you want a place to work out and get fit, this is the place for you. There are a variety of fitness facilities on offer including football fields, jogging tracks, an Olympic-size swimming pool, weightlifting equipment, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and more. There may not be any trees or grass but it’s the place to be for sports.
Bangkok fits in small sections of open space wherever it can, including below the Saphan Taksin bridge on the Chao Phraya River. Inside this small park, which is also known as Saphan Taksin Park, are children’s playgrounds, badminton courts, basketball courts, jogging tracks, and training facilities.
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