Bejakitti Park

This beautiful park sits on the bank of Lake Ratchada where across the way you are treated to a stunning view of the downtown Bangkok skyline. The lake’s smooth surface is like clear glass, offering reflections of Bangkok in eye-popping clarity. Once an area of factories and warehouses, Bejakitti Park is a quiet place to sit and read, jog, or ride a bike.

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

This park is conveniently located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is the largest market in Thailand. It spans 35 acres with over 15,000 stalls and shops. It is a popular destination for those looking for great deals on clothing, trinkets, collectibles, food, and even live animals. The park itself offers jogging tracks along with tennis courts and soccer fields. You can rent a row boat on the man-made lake in the park and pass under several bridges that cross over it. For the train enthusiast, the train museum is a must-see.

Sanam Luang (The Royal Field)

This sprawling park is a popular location for festivals and ceremonies due to its pristine landscape and view of many of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. It is located on Rattanakosin Island and has been around since 1782. From the park you can see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, the National Museum, and other notable and prominent attractions.

Santichaiprakarn Park

Situated on the Chao Phraya River, this park is home to Phra Sumen Fort, one of only two built during the reign of King Rama I that still exist. It is also home to the only surviving Lamphu tree in Bangkok. The park is a hub of activity where people engage in such activities as skateboarding, juggling, and martial arts. It is also a place where you can catch a theater production or concert.

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

This wonderful sanctuary is home to many species of butterflies amid sumptuously landscaped gardens, ponds, and mazes. For those who want to escape into a world where they can get lost in a utopia of greenery and butterflies, this is the perfect place to have a picnic, take a quiet stroll, or ride a bicycle. This is the ultimate retreat from the stresses of the city.

Lumpini Park

Take a paddle boat on one of the two lakes in Lumpini Park or stretch out under a banyan tree in this serene yet active park. There is even a library located in the park, a nice way to get out of the sun for a while and enjoy some easy reading. If you like to stay in shape, you can take a jog or do some weightlifting. Watch or take part in a chess game at one of the many chess tables set up throughout the park.

For those living and working in or around Bangkok, getting away from the city doesn’t mean having to travel far for some relaxing down time. The parks around Bangkok offer a surprising and pleasant escape where you can relax and recharge. They truly are the hidden treasures of Bangkok.

[box color=”white” icon=”accept”]Bio – Ross is a freelance writer who travel blogs on blog.netflights.com and loves writing about Bangkok[/box]