Suan Rot Fai

Suan Rot Fai

An unexpected patch of green

More on Bangkok

You know a place is something special when you stumble upon it by accident, realise how great it is, and subsequently cancel the rest of the day’s plans in order to stay and enjoy. This is what happened to me at Suan Rot Fai, a large park in Bangkok’s northern reaches. We had no idea that our Sunday would involve walking through grassy fields, riding bikes around a lake, or hitting golf balls at a driving range.

Travelfish says:

Officially named Wachirabenchathat Park, the area is more commonly known as Suan Rot Fai or Railway Park, which joins with the Children's Discovery Museum and the neighbouring Queen Sirikit and Chatuchak parks to collectively form the "Chatuchak Discovery Garden." Once belonging to the State Railway of Thailand, the grounds were eventually turned into a golf course (which makes sense when you take in the landscape), and then a public park.

This is Bangkok, I swear.

Set on a few acres of gentle hills and towering trees, the park is abuzz with nature, a real treat in the midst of this sweaty city with a million other things to do. Birds galore, lounging monitor lizards and turtles, picturesque lakes and tons of shade, the park has enough natural beauty to make even a random wander interesting.

A Jane Austen novel would complete the afternoon.

The park also offers sporting activities. A winding three km track is filled with joggers and bike riders and the north side of the lake has a small stand where you can rent kayaks and paddle boats for 40 baht. Bicycling around the park can be done easily by renting bikes near the north entrance, from 20 baht. Places to stop include playgrounds, a butterfly garden, a small cafe and even a mini-Bangkok featuring tiny versions of the city’s most famous sites. Alongside the park is a small driving range where you can rent a club and 50 golf balls for 80 baht.

Transport information

Suan Rot Fai is located on Kampheng Phet Road 3 about a 20-minute walk from Chatuchak Market. While taxi is the most direct route, the park can also be reached by taking the BTS to Mo Chit or the MRT to Chatuchak Park. From there walk through Chatuchak Park (also pleasant!) and Suan Rot Fai will be on your left.

Contact details for Suan Rot Fai

Address: Kampheng Phet Road 3, Bangkok
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º33'15.01" E, 13º48'44.98" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Admission: Free

Reviewed by

Tours in Thailand


These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.


Our top 10 other sights and activities in and around Bangkok

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Erawan Museum

Entrancing

Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang
Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang

Great for art lovers and kids

Wat Pho
Wat Pho

The city's top attraction

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Yoga in Bangkok

Go on, it's good for you

Wat Suthat
Wat Suthat

Atmospheric with a rich history

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Home to Thailand's most sacred Buddha image

Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion

The world’s largest teak mansion

Pak Khlong Talad
Pak Khlong Talad

So many blossoms

Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit

Five tonnes of gold