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Alongside the traffic-congested Phahonyothin Road, Chatuchak Park offers Bangkok residents quiet respite from the manic pace of urban living. With the BTS (skytrain) and MRT (underground) directly in front of the park, it’s a doddle to get there and attracts large crowds on the weekend who come to take a brief rest from their bartering bonanza in nearby Chatuchak Market.If you’re looking for a quiet place to read that second-hand book from Dasa Book cafe, Chatuchak Park has plenty of shaded areas where you can escape from the sun and watch the world go by. The park’s central feature is its artificial lake, which stretches along the entire length of the park and makes for a great place to feed fish or even the occasional turtle. Peddle boats can be rented for a small price and offer the perfect opportunity to take your sweetheart on the lake and confess your undying love (puke).

The park is frequented by an eclectic crowd and you will see Thai families sitting in the shade eating Som Tum Mamuang (spicy mango salad), while farangs try their best to look farang, and lay semi-naked in the baking sun trying to catch a sun burn. Health fanatics don their headbands and looks of steely determination, as they try to postpone the inevitable by keeping fit on the parks tarmac tracks while weightlifters congregate at the bench press to compare each others pecs.

 


A children’s playground is located near to the south entrance of the park and is great for keeping the little ones entertained while you do boring grown-up things, like read news papers or talk about last year’s vacation in Kuala Lumpur.

If you’re feeling peckish while at the park, Kampaeng Phet Road 3 is lined with noodle stalls, where you can sit down on wee plastic chairs and eat with chopsticks in the open air. Ice cream vendors occasionally walk through the park selling ice cream with rice in it. Yes, I said rice. Actually, the ice cream rice is rather delicious. Failing all that, run to the BTS and grab a bag of Iced Bismarcks from Dunkin’ Donuts.

The north of the park is where you will find the beautiful flower gardens and is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy lakeside area. The numerous bridges spanning the lake offer great vantage points for watching fish or taking that “here-I-am-in-Chatuchak-Park” pic to show off to your “friends” on Facebook.

Chatuchak Park is a great place to stop off and unwind from a frenetic day in the labyrinth that is Chatuchak Market, take time to acquaint yourself with all the souvenirs you recently had forced upon you, watch the Bangkok sun drop behind the skyline of concrete tower blocks and breathe the smog-filled air. Ahh, Bangkok . . what a perfect way to spend the day.

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Sunset at Chatuchak Park

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Boats at chatuchak park

 

 

  


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Queen Sirikit Park


 

Queen sirikit Park is a botanical garden in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, Thailand Covering an area of 0.22 km², it is part of the larger Chatuchak park complex. It was built in 1992 and named after Queen Sirikit to celebrate her 60th birthday. It contains many fountains and pools where lotus flowers bloom.

This park used to be a golf course so you get the idea of what it looks like. Surprisingly, it’s just opposite Chatuchak Park and was built to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen. There’s a huge pool in the centre of the park containing fountains and Thai and foreign flora. If you are into playing football, this is the place to be Saturday and Sunday morning. Hundreds of youths gather to make up impromptu teams and if you are lucky enough, you could even get a game!

Details: The park is open daily from 05:00 to 20:00 and admission is free.

How to get there: Getting to Queen Sirikit Park couldn’t be easier – just get to Chattuchak MRT or Mochit BTS station. Walk across Chattuchak Park and you will come to Queen Sirikit Park.

The park can be reached easily from the Mo Chit Station on Sukhumvit of the line BTS Skytrain, or the Chatuchak Park Station on MRT Bangkok Metro Blue Line.

Railway Park or Vachirabenjatat Park (Suan Rod Fai)

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Rod Fai Park (Railway Park) is located in Chatuchak area in Bangkok, next to Chaktuchak park. Rodfai Park has an area of 148 acre, which used to be golf course of Railway club. The park is open everyday, however, some parts are close on Monday for maintainance. In the car park area there are bicycle rental services which bicycle can be rented from 20 Baht for all day long.

Rodfai Park is an ideal place for picnic. Visitors can enjoy their picnic anywhere in the park, bringing foods and drinks from the outside the park. However, Alcohol drinks are not permited to be brought into the park. Moreover, there is arround 2 acre picnic location which has desk and bench provided for visitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  


Bangkok Butterfly Garden also in Rod Fai Park located on the east side of the park. Visitors can enjoy walk with colorful free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Dome. many species of butterflies can be found in Bangkok Butterfly Garden.

White Road Park, where kids can enjoy learning traffic sign and regulations. Kids can also enjoy ride a bike in mock up traffic. (close on Monday).Moreover, there is playgrounds for kids to enjoy.
 


Bangkok Sport Center, Basketball fields, Tennis courts, Fitness center, and Swimming pool can be found in the park.

 

Admission Fee : Free
Car Parking Fee : 10 Baht

Nearby Tourist Attractions : Chatuchak Market, Chatuchak Park

Type : Park, Place for Kids 

Activities :Sports, Play grounds, Ride bicycles, Butterfly watching.

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 The Thailand Railway Hall of Fame

 

 is a privately run railway museum displaying old locomotives and carriages that preserve the history and development of the railway in Thailand since the late 1800s. 


Situated at the northern edge of Chatuchak Park, the Railway Hall of Fame is housed in a huge hangar on land that’s owned by the State Railway of Thailand. 

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The museum building 

The railway museum was established by Sanpasiri Viryasiri in 1990, his son Chulsiri Viryasiri is managing the museum now. The museum is run on the condition that there are no entrance fees and income-generating activities. It survives solely on donations. 

This is making upkeep of the museum extremely difficult. However this does not detract from the historical value of the relics on display. The exhibits are reminders of a significant development in Thailand when public transport took a quantum leap forward with the introduction of rail travel. 
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