Day 2 morning. 7-day Thailand Challenge.
As tourists around the world flock to Bangkok, traffic starts to get heavier and heavier everyday. This is why many tourists even locals agree that pollution in Bangkok has dramatically increased in decades. The moment that you arrive in Bangkok busy areas, you will really notice so many numbers of vehicles on the street resulting to traffic and badly contributing to air pollution.
One tourist in VirtualTourist forum said:“The one major thing that bothered me about Bangkok was the air pollution. Its hot, humid and dirty. I felt quite overwhelmed by it and like I needed to open a window… except of course opening a window would not alleviate the problem. All I can say is make good use of the air conditioning and take some decent facial wipes with you.”-clueless83
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Well, air conditioning is an option but not really too good for your health as it causes minor to major health problems according to researches. In fact cosmetologist and skin specialist, Dr Rajan T D, said in The Times of India that air conditioners pull out moisture from the skin as well and leave it feeling dry and stretched. If your skin is not sufficiently protected to combat it, constant dryness will affect the inner layer of the skin. When skin becomes dry and stretched, it feels itchy. Those who have a dry skin will notice that their skin becomes flaky.
Luckily, Bangkok has so many to offer and one of them is the so many parks in the middle of the busy city. Though almost of the parks offer nice view and area for killing time and photographs, not all parks can offer peace of mind, fresh air and great relaxation. And this is what I am going to share you with this article!
THE KING RAMA IX PUBLIC PARK- BANGKOK
After our fantastic Ayutthaya tour, we have decided to go to a park that I am really fond of going to. A place where I discover myself getting back my energy, positive vibes, and peace of mind- the King Rama IX Public Park.
Located just behind 3 giant malls (Seacon Square, 55 Mall, and Paradise Park Mall) of Srinaghrindra (Shi.na.kha.rin) road, lies the largest public green space in Bangkok, with a beautiful botanical garden, mini forests, large lake and gardens inspired by countries around the world. Built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th Birthday, a visit to this large park on the outskirts of Bangkok is a great break from the city and, despite all the interesting things to see, remains surprisingly free of tourists and offers a genuine experience of how locals spend their afternoons off (www.bangkok.com).
Taxi. The easiest way to get there is thru taxi. From BTS UDUMSUK STATION, you can just directly tell the driver King Rama IX park, Shrinakharin. It will take you less than 10 minutes to be there and might cost you less than 100 baht.
Song Tew. (the 2 long seater thai jeep) From BTS UDUMSUK STATION, go on exit 1 or 2, go down the station and ask thai people about Song Tew. Song tews are waiting for passenger about 50 meters from Udumsuk BTS. Ride on the Red song tew that has “BTS” sign in front. These song tews stop very near to Seacon square mall. Fare: 8-10 baht) From there, cross the highway via overpass and pass the road between 55 Mall and Paradise park. You can walk about 150 meters and you will be directly heading the entrance of the park. Or you can ride another song tew from there, going straight.
Motorcycle. Thailand’s hair raiser. From BTS Udumsuk, look for the motorcycle’s waiting area, tell the driver directly that you’re going to King Rama IX park. The driver will send you very quick, like very very fast, hahaha, you must prepare your adrenaline! fare 60 baht.
Bus. If you are near, buses are good option too, just make sure that the bus is passing shrinakarin road. Go down at Paradise Park Mall, look for the road in between Paradise park mall and 55 mall, then walk about 150 meters and you will be directly heading the entrance of the park. Or you can ride another song tew from there, going straight.
This park is open everyday from from 05:00 until 18:00, with the admission fee of 10 baht for all visitors, you can already enjoy the place. Most of the people come here to exercise during early mornings and afternoons. Many young people, couple, families visit here spend time relaxing on their laid mats. During December, the park holds world class annual flower festival. However, since the park has fantastic view of its carefully thought landscapes, there are many to keep you going.
It took us couple of hours just to roam around and feel the freshness of nature of this 200 acres park. Divided into different areas, the center of the park is situated on the edge of the lake where you can rent duck, swan padelos for 40 baht per hour. The lake is so peaceful and clean. We have spotted so many iguanas swimming, turtles and other fishes. A gallery of the King’s life was specially created in a well designed building in the lake. Inside, photos, paintings, and information about the royal projects are displayed. Although most of the writings are in Thai, it is really worth a visit.
The gardens inside this park show themes based on different countries including Japan and England.Other gardens are Italian garden, American garden, French garden. A huge botanic garden will surely fulfill your hunger if you are plant lover. It has variety of Thai plants, trees and other botanical elements.
Overall, this park is superb! With the incredible nature brought to this vast area, you can almost forget that you are in Bangkok. Because it is so peaceful, you can find many areas to take a rest even sleep. As of usual parks, outdoor gym, children playground, food stalls are placed. There are also aerobics sessions, biking, fish and bird feeding activities.
If you want to escape hectic Bangkok busy life without even going out from Bangkok, this is the place for you.
What we love the most: Very peaceful environment, very near to malls, accessible, fresh air, refreshing ambiance, amazing landscapes, touch of different cultures around the world, just enough people maintaining the area’s calmness.
Do you have experience with this park or planning to visit? Talk to us! If you want us to feature your places and trips, email us! Pinoy the explorer will be happy to expose your adventures!