Benchasiri Park

A square of green in the concrete jungle

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What we say: 3 stars

This veritable oasis in the midst of Sukhumvit's relentless noise and pollution was originally the site of the Meteorology Department.

Luckily, it was converted to a park to commemorate the 60th birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1992. Less luckily, an array of huge old trees were cut down as they didn't fit with the landscapers plans.

Today the park is quite lush in a landscaped kind of way and is popular with office workers on lunch breaks and the masses of aerobics fans who stream in for the free early morning and afternoon classes. 

There are lots of grassy areas to take a nap and a large pond in the middle that provides some nice photographic opportunities. The best time to come is during the late afternoon and early evening. Make sure to check out the teams playing the incredibly acrobatic game of takraw, a kind of cross between volleyball and football.

More details
Sukhumvit Rd, between Soi 22 and 24
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00-20:00
How to get there: The park entrance is right beside Phrom Phong BTS and the Emporium shopping complex.
Last updated: 16th February, 2012

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  • Go @ Night!

    11th January, 2012

    For being located smack-dab in the middle of the city, off the Phrom Phong BTS, this park is ideally situated for travelers (and city dwellers) on the east side of Sukumvit.

    The best time to go is from 5:30 pm to close (or, maybe 10). When the sun goes down and darkness fades in, Thais love to go to the parks. At 6:00 pm almost every night, in the back of the park, a mob of usually 50-75 people do aerobics to loud, fast-paced dance music.

    Near the front entrance, you'll find food and a quieter atmosphere, where people get together and do Tai Che.

    Benchasiri Park reviewed by n8sand (2)
    Written on 11th January, 2012, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in November, 1999

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