The Top 10 Biggest Public Parks in Bangkok
10 สวนสาธารณะที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในกรุงเทพฯ

by Richard Barrow

It is sometimes hard to believe, but Bangkok does have some large parks. The biggest of which is King Rama IX Park (Suan Luang) at 197 acres. According to the latest count, there are also 32 parks spread across Bangkok. What is good news is that not only new parks are being created, but also present parks are being extended. Take Benjakitti Park as an example which you can see in the above photo. The Tobacco Monopoly of Thailand are gradually turning over their land as a green extension to Benjakitti Park. On this page I will reveal the Top 10 Biggest Public Parks in Bangkok. Follow me on Twitter for the latest travel news and photos from Thailand.

TOP 10 BIGGEST PUBLIC PARKS IN BANGKOK:

No. PUBLIC PARK ACRES สวนสาธารณะ GPS
(1) King Rama IX Park 197.6 สวนหลวง ร.9 13.687582 100.660522
(2) Wachirabenchatat Park 148.2 สวนวชิรเบญจทัศ 13.813220 100.552960
(3) Lumpini Park 142.3 สวนลุมพินี 13.730002 100.541286
(4) Seri Thai Park 138.3 สวนเสรีไทย 13.787055 100.674479
(5) Queen Sirikit Park 77.4 สวนสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ 13.806537 100.549574
(6) Chatuchak Park 61.2 สวนจตุจักร 13.808542 100.556117
(7) Benjakitti Park 51.3 สวนเบญจกิติ 13.725893 100.558567
(8) Wareepirom Park 48.2 สวนวารีภิรมย์ 13.848190 100.775447
(9) Nawamin Phirom Park 30.0 สวนนวมินทร์ภิรมย์ 13.777161 100.652960
(10) Thonburirom Park 24.9 สวนธนบุรีรมย์ 13.652074 100.491341

(1) King Rama IX Park (สวนหลวง ร.9)

Address: Soi Suan Luang Ro 9, Prawet, Khet Prawet, Bangkok,10250
Opening hours: 5:00am-7:00pm

The largest public park in Bangkok is King Rama IX Park (Suan Luang Rama 9). It is out in the Eastern suburbs in Prawet district. It covers an area of 197.6 acres (79.9 hectares). This includes a large lake. The park is popular with joggers as the track is an incredible 5km long. Pedal boats are available for hire. The famous Suan Luang Rama IX Flower Festival takes place in early December around the time of King Rama IX’s birthday. The iconic image in the park is the Ratchamangkhala Pavilion which houses an exhibition about the late king. As well as a botanical garden, there are also international gardens worth exploring.

(2) Wachirabenchatat Park (สวนวชิรเบญจทัศ)

Address: Chatuchak, Bangkok, 10900
Opening hours: 4:30am-9:00pm

Wachirabenchatat Park is commonly called Suan Rot Fai as it was originally owned by the State Railway of Thailand. At 148.2 acres (59.9 hectares) it is the second largest public park in Bangkok. However, if you take into account the three interconnected parks that also includes Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit, the total area would be 286.8 acres (116 hectares), making it by far the largest park in Bangkok. In fact, many joggers treat this as one big park by doing the “three park” run. The track in this one park alone is 2.7km. Suan Rot Fai is ideal for families who want to rent bicycles for the day as there is a dedicated cycle path. Rental is from as little as 30 Baht depending on the size and number of gears. There is also a free butterfly garden here. There is easy access to this and neigbouring parks via MRT Chatuchak and BTS Mo Chit.

(3) Lumpini Park (สวนลุมพินี)

Address: Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Opening hours: 4:30am-9:00pm

Probably the most famous park in Bangkok among tourists and expats is Lumpini Park. It is close to many hotels and is served by both the subway and skytrain. Many people come here early in the morning before work to jog or to take part in group exercises such as aerobics and tai chi. Quite a few foreign ambassadors also do their daily workout here. One complete circuit of the running track is 2.5km but you can mix it up by taking different tracks.  Between 10am and 3pm the cyclists take over. You can also hire boats for 30 Baht/30 minutes. There are plenty of quiet spots and shade in this park as well as organized activities such as fun runs. During the winter season, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra put on free performances on one of the lawns. If you exit out of the Northeast corner, and cross the road on the pedestrian bridge, you will find an elevated walkway that takes you straight to Benjakitti Park. Some people take this off road shortcut as part of their “two park” run.

(4) Seri Thai Park (สวนเสรีไทย)

Address: Seri Thai Road, Bung Kum District Khwaeng Khlong Kum, Khet Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Opening hours: 5:00am-9:00pm

Although Seri Thai Park is listed as the fourth largest in Bangkok, it doesn’t feel that way. This is because it is really a 9km long reservoir with lawns and trees only in one section. The park was formerly known as BuengKum Water Park but was changed to Seri Thai in 1997 in honour of the Thai freedom fighters who fought alongside the Allies in the second world war. There are no water sport activities here, though there is some exercise equipment. During my visit I noted that most of the bridges were under repair and the one at the far end was a bit rickety.

(5) Queen Sirikit Park (สวนสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์)

Address: Bangkok 10900
Opening hours: 5:00am-7:00pm

There are three large public parks near Chatuchak Weekend Market. The hidden gem among them is Queen Sirikit Park. Here you will find botanical gardens which include more than 2,000 species of plants. Of particular interest are the lotus ponds that bloom when in season. There is no dedicated running track here but people do use the various lanes as part of the “three park” run that also includes neighbouring Wachirabenchatat and Chatuchak parks. Cycling is not allowed in this park.

(6) Chatuchak Park (สวนจตุจักร)

Address: Bangkok10900
Opening hours: 4:30am-9:00pm

One of the busiest parks in Bangkok is Chatuchak Park near the weekend market of the same name. The Southern end near MRT Chatuchak Park and BTS Mo Chit stations is particularly crowded at weekends with people lounging on the lawns or out on the paddle boats. In contrast, the Northern end towards Central Ladprao is almost deserted. The only people seen here are the joggers taking advantage of the 3km track around the park. Cycling is not allowed in this park.

(7) Benjakitti Park (สวนเบญจกิติ)

Address: Bangkok, 10110
Opening hours: 4:30am-9:00pm

The seventh biggest park in Bangkok is Benjakitti Park. Although you can get here easily on the subway by getting off at MRT Queen Sirikit, it is never really that busy. But there is still plenty to do and see. The main attraction is the 1.8km running track around the lake. It is not as shaded as Lumpini Park and so it is best to avoid the heat of the day. At the northern end of the park, there is access to an elevated shortcut to Lumpini park for those who want to extend their workout. This park is also popular with cyclists as there is a dedicated track around the lake. You can hire bicycles for 40 Baht/hour and paddle boats for 40 Baht/30 minutes. Like many parks, there are also free exercise equipment.

(8) Wareepirom Park (สวนวารีภิรมย์)

Address: Sai Kong Din Tai, Khlong Sam Wa, Bangkok 10510
Opening hours: 6:00am-6:00pm

One of the least known parks on this list is surely Wareepirom Park. This is probably because it is far out in the Eastern suburbs. It took me an hour to drive out there. This is actually a bike park with a 4km track. This starts near the bridge that looks like the iconic Giant Swing. The track then takes you out into the countryside where you pass rice fields and buffaloes. There is a shortcut to come back or you can continue for the full 4km. You can hire bicycles for 30 Baht/hour though there are none with really big frames. I had to be careful not to hit my knees on the handlebars.

(9) Nawamin Phirom Park (สวนนวมินทร์ภิรมย์)

Address: Khlong Kum, Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Opening hours: 5:00am-9:00pm

Another park out in the Eastern suburbs is Nawamin Phirom Park. Like the nearby Seri Thai Park, there is no on-site parking and so you have to use the side roads. This is basically a long lake with a 2km track around it. Popular with joggers outside the heat of the day. There is also a basketball court and a play area for children. Not worth a special journey, but good for people living nearby.

(10) Thonburirom Park (สวนธนบุรีรมย์)

Address: Mu 2, Pracha-uthit Road, Tung Kru District Khwaeng Bang Mot, Khet Thung Khru, Bangkok 10140
Opening hours: 5:00am-8:00pm

The last park on this list is Thonburirom Park known to locals as Suan Thon. There are large play areas for children as well as various fitness equipment that includes weights. There is a dedicated 1km running track around the outside though you can extend your run by using some of the inner tracks too.