Benjakiti Park

Flowers and bicycles

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Arguably Bangkok's prettiest green space, Benjakiti was established in 2004 on 130 rai (21 hectares) once occupied by grungy warehouses of the Tobacco Monopoly.

Today the land features two-kilometre bicycle and jogging lanes, playgrounds, a meditation area, exercise equipment, some spectacular fountains and a large human-made lake (at least for Bangkok) rimmed on all sides by vibrant flowers bushes. Swan peddle boats can be rented for a romantic cruise on the lake, and bicycles are available for 40 baht per hour to be used on the separated bicycle lane -- perhaps the only option in Bangkok for largely unobstructed cycling.

Yet most come to Benjakiti for the quiet atmosphere that's free of aerboics classes working it out to thumping techno. Two huge fountains -- one with Japanese pagoda style entranceways and another with a sweeping 'humanmade waterfall' look as though they were plucked out of a serious memorial.

Some great photos can also be taken of the flowers and surrounding skyscrapers as they reflect on the surface of the lake.

More details
Ratchadaphisek Rd, between Rama IV and Sukhumvit Rds, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00-20:00
How to get there: The main entrance is a 10-minute walk south of Asok BTS station (you’ll want to take exit 4 out of the station), or you can arrive through the back entrance, which is a two-minute stroll from Queen Sirikit MRT station.
Last updated: 13th July, 2013

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