The Red Cross manages a snake farm in center city Bangkok only a block away from Lumpini Park. The farm is open to the public and offers a look at Thailand snakes up-close and personal in a zoo-like setting. The snake farm has snake handling shows which present some of the poisonous and non-poisonous snakes found in Thailand in both English and Thai. The show itself is informative about 6 to 8 species of snakes, offering recommendations on how to safely behave when encountering those snakes in the wild. At the end of the show the farm offers an opportunity to touch and hold an very large Burmese python, which was born and raised at the farm and very friendly.
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.
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