Wachira Benjathat, Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit Park Complex is a vast area of park land, beautifully maintained, and a great area to enjoy Thailand's nature right in the middle of downtown Bangkok. The park complex is located just to the north of the Chatchuchak Weekend Market and easily accessible through either the Subway (at the Chatuchak Station) or the Skytrain (at the Mo Chit Station). The park complex offers many kilometers of running/walking/biking trails to allow the city dwellers to get their exercise and enjoy the beauty of the parks. Each of the park areas has a particular feel as described below.
Wachira Benjathat Park (Rot Fai Park)
Queen Sirikit Park
The park complex offers a lot to do for anyone with a lust for the outdoors after living and working in the metropolitan area of Bangkok.
The metropolitan area of Bangkok has many city parks for everyone to enjoy the fresh air and get exercise. Here are nine that I have visited and have documented with photos, there are others, but these are the biggest and most scenic. There is a Google Map showing the locations of each of these parks at the end of this post.
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park is a jungle park just outside Bangkok. In fact, the park is just opposite Bangkok's major industrial area along the Chao Phraya River but when you are in the park you feel like you are deep into heavy tropical jungle. When in the park you can experience a large variety of jungle life including large monitor lizards, colorful butterflies and a huge variety of colorful birds.
The area outside the park is also mostly lush jungle but the municipality as graciously provided biking trails throughout the area. I will put a Google maps link below to help you get there but the trip should take less than an hour from center city Bangkok.
The Dusit Zoo is located in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Wat Ben. The zoo was originally built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as his private garden called "Khao Din Park" adjacent to the royal palace. After the King Rama Vs death the garden was left unattended for years. In 1938, King Rama VIII gave the park to Bangkok City Municipality to be open as a public zoo and he also donated deer and a number of other animals from the palace for public exhibition.
Dusit Zoo is a total area of 188, 800 square meters, and has approximately 2.5 million visitors annually. Dusit Zoo is home to a wide variety of the worlds animals, ranging from monkeys, alligators, kangaroos, and zebras, to penguins, elephants, camels, and giraffes. There are several rides and amusement facilities to entertain children throughout the day. There is also small boats for rent to pedal around the sizable lake in the center of the zoo. My favorite exhibit was the large aviary located on Bird Island, where many birds are allowed to roam freely in a large fenced in area that visitors allowed to enter.
Wat Yannawa is an older Bangkok Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period. The temple is located along the Chao Phraya River in the Sathon district of Bangkok on Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand. The Temple is located very close to the Saphan Taksin Bridge, making it easily accessible from the Bangkok Commuter Trains. The temple has a unique boat shaped temple which surrounds the temple's chedi. The boat is the shape of a Chinese junk, which was disappearing from use at the time of construction, during the reign of King Rama III. King Rama III wanted save the Chinese Junk style for posterity.
Klong Sansab is a canal that runs through the heart of Bangkok (Klong is the Thai word for canal). The canal is used for a taxi boat service which runs between Bangkok's old town area and Bang Kapi districts in Bangkok. Getting on the boat taxi is not easy for the newby to the water taxis, for they have plastic sheet on the sides to protect the riders from getting splashed by the klong (canal) water and the boat is of course moving in the water. Once on the boat, you often have to stand as it can be quite full. Also, be aware that the entire roof of the boat can lower without warning to allow the boat to fit under the fast approaching bridge. This happens only at high tide. Getting off the boat seems a bit easier because I had a chance to watch some of the practiced riders disembark on previous stops. I suggest you do the same.
Wat Khun Chan is located across Klong Dan from Wat Paknam in the Chanburi side of Bangkok. The main features of the Temple are large statues of Buddha along with images from the Ramakien. Wat Khun Chan is also one of the temples frequented by long tail boat tours of the river and klongs of Bangkok.
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