Known locally as the ‘Queen’s Park’, Benjasiri Park was opened on the 12th August 1992 to mark the 60th Birthday of Queen Sirikit. Located between Soi 22 and Soi 24 on the Sukhumvit Road, next door to the Emporium Shopping Centre, this park is one of the few green spaces in this built up area. The nearest BTS stop is Phrom Phong. Opening hours are 5am to 9pm daily.The park covers a total of 47,000 sqm and is well kept with lots of activities. This is a great place to come for a picnic, a walk, or simply to let the kids run around and burn off some energy.
The centre point of the park is the lake with a fountain. The lake is full of fish and turtles, and food to feed them is on sale by the lake. In addition to the grassed area and the lake there are number of activities available which will appeal to children:
- Recently refurbished children’s play area with climbing frame and slide
- Dedicated cycle paths with bikes available for rent
- Skate park
- Tennis court
- Basketball court
- Volleyball court
- Outdoor swimming pool
Refreshments are available at kiosks within the park. For something more substantial you could create your own picnic at the nearby Villa Market.
Adults will appreciate the 18 statues created by Thai artists. The park contains one of the best collections of Thai sculpture in Bangkok.
For adults a lot of fitness classes, from Tai Chi to aerobics, are held daily. Simply turn up and join in. There are also lots of events held in the park throughout the year. Keep an eye on the local press for fairs and music events.
They also run a Loy Krathong event here every year. Loy Krathong is a bit like Thai Christmas with small boats with candles being floated on a lake or river or the sea to pay respect to the water spirits. The festival coincides with full moon in the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar (28th November 2012 and 17th November 2013).