Queen’s Park is a popular spot to go jogging in Central Bangkok.
Parks dot Bangkok, Thailand, offering shady respite from the city’s torrid climate. A few are suitable for jogging. Here’s a quick guide Bangkok’s parks, with a quick overview of what they have to offer.
Popularly known as “Queen’s Park,” Benjasiri Park in Bangkok was built in 1992 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The park is located near the Emporium Shopping Center as well as the Westin Grande Sukhimvit and Sheraton hotels.
Three days a week, the Westin Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok offers guided runs through Benjakitti Park.
Called RunWESTIN, the programme – which is complimentary to hotel guests – is led by a Running Concierge from the hotel’s fitness centre.
Included is a warm up session and training tips as well as round-trip transport by hotel van. It runs from 6.30 to 7.30 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I decided to give it a go, as the Brits would say.
Waiting for me at the break of dawn in the hotel lobby was the running concierge, who who was smartly dressed in cap, T-shirt, shorts, and trainers. He suggested we walk from the hotel to the park rather than taking the van. I agreed that that was a good idea.
Because I don’t care for jogging, I opted for a brisk walk through the leafy park’s scenic grounds, which were already peopled with fitness enthusiasts.
After making two loops around the lake, we headed back to the hotel on foot even though a car – with towelettes and bottled water – was waiting should we have preferred to be driven.
After that, I had a buffet breakfast in Taste, the hotel’s Western style restaurant, before moving on the the hotel’s fitness centre.
“Most runners prefer the outdoors to get their run in but they’re intimidated by an unfamiliar city,” says Andy Hersham, publisher of Runner’s World.
“We’ve developed custom running maps for every Westin hotel and resort that plots three and five mile courses from the hotel.” Benjasiri Park is one of several green oases scattered about Bangkok.
Most have football pitches, swimming pools, and tennis courts set amid landscapped grounds. A quick reference guide to Bangkok’s key parks follows.
Located in Northern Bangkok, Chatuchak Park is popular with both joggers and strollers. The park’s Thai Literature and Herb Garden is popular.
King Rama IX Park
This park was built to commemorate the 50th birthday of His Majesty King Rama IX. It is divided into various sections. Highlights include gardens landscaped in the styles of seven countries: China, England, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States.
Bangkok’s answer to Central Park in New York City, Lumpini Park is the Thai capital’s oldest and larget park. Opening at 6 am, it is full of joggers in the early hours. There are concerts in the cool season, paddle boats, chess tables, and a library.
Queen Sirikit Park
There are a botanical garden and a children’s museum is this park, which was build in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her 50th birthday.
Located near Little India and Chinatown, this park is one of the city’s newest. Built on the site of the old city jail, some of that infamous structure’s original features have been preserved.
Sanam Luang, which is Thai for Royal Field, dates back to the city’s earliest days. It was used as a royal burial ground until the reign of King Rama III. It lies as the centre of some of Bangkok’s key structures such as the Grand Palace the National Museum, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Popular with both locals and tourists, this park was built amid the ruins of the city’s original fortifications.
Located near the Victory Monument, Santiphap Park has lots of music-related activities.