Bangkok is one of the world’s most congested cities — and with the combination effect of the traffic, heat, humidity, noise and pollution — sometimes you need to ditch the city life, find some green space, and clear your mind.
Luckily for us, Bangkok is also the home of an astounding number of beautiful parks and green spaces, giving locals and visitors all the opportunity to ditch the indoors and enjoy the sweet, tranquil outdoors.
For most, it’s easy to get caught up and tethered to screens and technology for long stretches of the day, especially when our phones and laptops are attached to us for most of the day.
Let’s explore some of our favorite green spaces in Bangkok:
Suan Pa Benjakitti (Benjakitti Forest Park)
The picturesque green space and lake next to Queen Sirikit Convention Center welcome scores of runners, bikers and picnickers daily. I usually pay this park a visit to chill and relax .
Benchasiri is located in the heart of chic Phrom Phong and was originally opened in 1992 to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th birthday.
Despite being compact, it offers visitors wide grassy areas, a children’s playground and a multitude of outdoor facilities. Urban explorers will be interested to know that several modern sculptures of nestled within the park! I usually head here for my morning jogs, or for pick-up basketball games in the evening (when it’s cooler of course) .
The Green Lung in Phra Pradaeng
Looking for a great place to hop on the ol’ bicycle and get some fresh air over the weekend? Nicknamed the Green Lung, the Bang Krachao green space is located in the outskirt district of Phra Pradaeng, and is an absolutely fantastic place within the city limits to explore. I’ve been here a few times for bike rides and to explore the food markets on weekends. If you’re looking for a green getaway, check out the Bangkok Tree House .
With its 142 acres of greenery, clear lake and broad pathways in Bangkok’s CBD, it’s easy to see why Lumphini Park is dubbed Bangkok’s Central Park. The first public park in Bangkok is a haven at any time of the day. Join the locals on their morning jog, cycling or tai chi. Then try Thai- or Chinese-style breakfast near the King Rama VI Statue and paddle across the lake on a swan boat. As the sun soars higher, retreat to the shades of the forest park and enjoy birdwatching. In the evening, Lumphini Park turns into an aerobic plaza and, occasionally, a concert venue.