Benjakiti Park in Bangkok is on the site of a former tobacco factory next to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The park is next to an MRT station and a 10-minute walk from Sukhumvit road and the Asoke intersection. The park has many flower gardens that blossom with different plants all year-long.
At the center of the park is Lake Rajada where you can hire swan pedal boats while the surrounding park has both cycling, jogging and walking paths which completely circle the park and are very popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Bicycles can be hired for 50 baht an hour at a booth next to the swan boat rental.
At the back outer edge of the park is a forest area with trees from all over Thailand. There is also an aerobic exercise area with a variety of machines which are free to use, a skateboard ramp and a kids’ playground. There is also a Buddhist shrine, fountains, an amphitheater and many sculptures dotted around the park.
The park is quiet in the daytime and is best visited in the late afternoon and is a great place to watch the sun go down set against the surrounding downtown skyline. The Retro Cafe is a bar/restaurant in the Queen Sirikit Center and has a terrace overlooking the park with live music in the evenings.
Location: Ratchadaphisek Road.
Opening Hours: 05.00-20.00 daily.
Getting There: MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center Station (exit 3).