Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arguably the BEST Park in Bangkok: Suan Luang Rama IX Park

Over the years, I have read many lists pointing people to the best parks in Bangkok and more often than not, they will involve usual suspects like Lumpini Park, Chatuchak Park, Benjasiri Park or Queen Sirikit Park. With no offence towards all these parks or the owners of those lists, why is it that the clear Mother of all Parks in Bangkok is usually not on the lists most of the time? Maybe the name of the list should be changed to "The most accessible parks in Bangkok" instead.

My Daddy's recommendations are always the best

So here's the Stranger in Bangkok putting my reputation on the line to recommend to all my readers arguably the BEST Park in Bangkok, the Mother of all Parks, Suan Luang Rama IX Park. It is also known as King Rama IX Park, or even more commonly as Suan Luang or King Park.

Built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol's 60th birthday, King Rama IX Park is the largest green space in Bangkok (approximately 200 acres), with lakes, ponds, bridges and many different gardens built in reference to many countries in the world like UK, China and Japan. Go during the cool winter where temperatures drop to around 20degC, you will see a lavish annual floral display that coincides with the King's Birthday on December 5th.

Reminds me of our time at Jim Thompson Farm

And our time in the Netherlands and UK

The only thing it lacks is probably a huge plot of sunflowers
We also took family portraits there

Suan Luang Rama IX Park is not very accessible via public transport. Even though it has 2 entrances situated very far apart, both will require a taxi ride of around 20-30 minutes from their nearest BTS stations.

The first entrance is near Srinakarin Road, behind Seacon Square and Paradise Park. There's a huge weekend market on Saturday and it's accessible to the park's playgrounds, so if you are looking for a family day out, that will be the entrance to go to. Go early in the morning to enjoy the weekend market and park before spending the rest of the day chilling the the excellent malls mentioned above.

If, like me, you prefer more peace and quiet, you can head to the other entrance along Suan Luang R.9 Road, opposite Big C Suan Luang, which will bring you closer to the lake, King's museum, pedalos and themed gardens. Finding a bite afterwards is not complicated at all, as there are a handful of restaurants around the Big C Supermarket right opposite.

There are many interesting parts to explore
And fresh things to touch and feel

Just an excellent place to spend quality time with family and friends

So if you are wondering where to bring your family to breathe some fresh air in this crowded metropolis, think no further. Discard all the lists you can find and come here, it's definitely worth the trip.

Oh yeah!

1 comment:

  1. Very nice pictures take. I am surprised that you really know about this park because not many foreigners know it. Your son should be very glad to have a smart dad like you ����


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