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Bangkok’s Best Parks

April 17, 2017
Parklife: Great Green Escapes
In celebration of the unveiling of Bangkok’s new CU Centenary Park, we look at how to best enjoy the city’s 'rare' green spaces. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to escape the hustle and bustle!

Marking 100 years of Chulalongkorn Uni in Samyan district, box-fresh Centenary Park offers appealing water features, verdant chill-out spots and airy alfresco seats, backed by blossoming trees. Designed by architects Landprocess, this eco retreat is on a tilt to collect and drain rainwater.

Slap in the centre of the urban sprawl, Lumpini Park is the Big Mango’s most famous green getaway. Jog through at dawn to spy locals practising tai chi or exercising in outdoor gyms, or wander its expanses later in the day to rent a swan pedalo or join pre-sunset yoga or ballroom dancing sessions. From picnics to live concerts, all sorts of buzz can be found here.

With pretty views of downtown, once-industrial Benjakiti Park sports a flower-fringed lake, easy on the eye if you’re jogging or cycling along the six-mile running track skirting the oasis.

Relax before or after visiting the popular weekend Chatuchak Market at nearby Chatuchak Park’s perky patch, with a lake, fountain and playground, flanked by food stalls.

Just six miles from Silom’s downtown bizz district, Bang Krachao is Bang’s Green Lung, a lush, tropical park on an artificial island reached only by boat (no cars!). Hire a bike there and tour the bush-fringed trails and elevated walkways past languid villages, Buddhist temples and a weekend floating market... And breathe!

Photos © Tam Patra, Take Photo, Kanchana P, imangwon, Teerasak Khunrach