Despite what most people imagine when they think of Thailand, there aren’t that many green spaces in Bangkok for people to relax in and just enjoy nature. If you really want to get away from the noise and heat of city, the best place to go is Rama IX Park, the largest park in Bangkok.
Rama IX Park has a stunning botanical garden, lake and several smaller gardens inspired by different countries within to feast the senses. Located 15km away from the soaring city skyscrapers, shopping arcades and Serviced Apartments of Bangkok city, the easiest way to get there is by taxi or train. If you’re staying at one of the city’s leading hotels or serviced apartments, like the Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok, then avoid public transport altogether and just ask the hotel to organise a car for you.
The park is open from 5am until 6pm every day, with admission costing10 baht. Covering 200 acres, it will take you at least a couple of hours to explore the different sections of the park and don’t forget to visit the gallery dedicated to the king of Thailand. Located beside the lake, inside an old with a golden spire that can be seen throughout the park, the gallery includes photos, paintings and information about the royal projects. Not much is in English, but it’s still fascinating and the air-conditioning is a welcome break from the humidity.
Apart from the gardens, you can also get out on the lake on the slightly worn out looking duck and swan pedals that line the jetty. The best time to visit is in December, when the annual flower festival is held, but even out of season, there’s plenty to see and do. There are numerous small stalls selling snacks and drinks inside the park but if you want something a little more substantial to eat, visit before lunch, when vendors gather near the entrance selling satay, noodles and fruits. A visit to the park is a great break from the city and shouldn’t’ be missed.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+