Don’t have your own set of wheels? Don’t worry, you can rent out bikes for around 50 baht per hour. There’s also cute swan peddle boats for rent – great for the kids or a romantic date as the sun sets over the water. Other city-distractions include some playgrounds, skate ramps, a central pavilion with fountains, and an impressive half-circle courtyard that makes an ideal spot for picnics and people watching.
Compared to Lumpini Park (Bangkok’s most popular park), things here are a lot quieter; there’s no dance instructors gyrating in front of the crowds to pumping music in the evening, but nor is there as much space to explore, thanks to the central lake making up most of the area. Emphasis here is more on the outdoor exercise (the asphalt cycle track is particularly great to ride on). That said, it’s still worth a visit for a leisurely stroll if you’re not in the mood to work up a sweat. It’s also a stone’s throw away from the excellent Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and is overlooked by one of our favourite rooftop bars in Bangkok, Long Table.
Spread across 130 rai (21 hectacres), the park was opened in 2004 to honour the 72nd birthday of Queen Sirikit. The development was part of a government scheme to improve the overall ‘livability’ of the city by creating more green spaces, and sits on flattened-out land once owned by the Tobacco Monopoly.
Benjakiti Park is located at Asok, an area often described as the centre of Bangkok (it’s where the Sukhumvit and Rachadapisek roads meet, and BTS and MRT cross paths). Find it by walking two minutes south down Rachadpisek Road from Asok BTS or north up the road from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station.