Chiang Mai’s only downtown park
Published/Last edited or updated: 30th July, 2017
Suan Buak Hat is downtown Chiang Mai’s one and only park. Fortunately it's a cute one, and a fine spot to wander around or while away an hour or so in.
Until relatively recently Chiang Mai was a small and green city with plenty of open spaces but in their rush for expansion the local government apparently didn't see any need to create public green spaces. Greater Chiang Mai weighs in these days with a million or so inhabitants, and it has most of the attributes a modern city aspires to have, except for decent parks.
There are pleasant parklands and green spaces out in the suburbs, but they belong to the zoo, university or city arboretum—Huay Tung Tao Lake for example is army owned. And yes, the excellent and lush Doi Pui/Doi Suthep National Park is a mere 20-minute drive from the centre of Chiang Mai, but the city itself lacks a proper municipal park in its downtown area.
Suan Buak Hat, located in the southwest corner of the old town at the corner of Bumrung Buri and Bunreuang moat roads, isthe only offering Chiang Mai municipality has seen fit to make to its public.
There’s a series of small ponds and bridges interspersed with lawns, a basic playground for kids at one end and the usual snack and drinks stalls, but even if you walked really slowly you could still explore the entire park in less than 10 minutes; Lumpini Park this is not!
It’s a pleasant place to hang out. You can feed the pigeons, feed the catfish, have a drink by the pond and sit under a tree and read a book. If you sit on the far side of the park you can almost not hear the traffic though be warned, at weekends it can get pretty full and noisy with picnicking locals.
Address: Southwest corner of the Old City (corner of Bumrung Buri and Bunreuang moat roads)
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º58'45.89" E, 18º46'55.62" N
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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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