Saranrom Royal Garden

Bangkok's secret garden

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What we say: 3 stars

Often overlooked by tourists despite its location directly east of Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, Saranrom Garden was established in 1866 by King Rama IV as a reception area for royal family gatherings.

King Rama V added a pond, three teakwood guesthouses, elegant high-roofed gazebos and a glass-roofed villa that hosted an exclusive Bangkok club until the mid 20th century. In those days, the gardens would have only been accessible to royalty and hi-so guests. A marble stupa was also built to memorialise one of Rama V's wives and daughters, Queen Sunanda and Princess Kannabhorn, who died in a tragic 1880 boating accident. The memorial was built here because Saranrom was apparently their favourite place to spend time.

Though the gardens were turned into a public park during the 1960s, they still burst with lush flower bushes and banyan trees, making it easy to see why the queen and princess adored this place so much.

Today, the small park also features pond-side benches, foot bridges and paths winding under the trees. While perhaps not quite big enough for a decent jog, it's the perfect place for a mid-afternoon reading session, a romantic stroll, a picnic or a respite from sightseeing.

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Sanam Chai Road, near the Grand Palace
Opening Hours: Daily sunrise to sundown
How to get there: The garden is located across Sanam Chai Road from the southeastern corner of the Grand Palace compound and the northeastern side of Wat Pho. From Tha Tien express boat pier, walk straight out of the pier and head east on Thai Wang Road (you'll pass Wat Pho on your right), cross the street at the roundabout, continue straight east, and the main park entrance is on the left.
Last updated: 21st September, 2013
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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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