Benjasiri Park (Suan Ben) is located next to the Emporium Bangkok Shopping centre near the Phrom Phong BTS skytrain station, between Soi 22 and Soi 24 and it epitomises what a park should really be.
It is a place where people can go and relax take some time out of their day and unwind, whether that be reading a book or doing some exercise.
You can see in the aerial picture that at the top left is the aerobics class with all the people in formation.
You don't have to pay to attend this, just put on your dancing shoes and join in.
It starts around 6:00 pm daily.
At the top right of the map is the 5-aside soccer pitch and to the right of that is where they kick that little rattan ball over the net.
Takraw is a little like tennis really, but with your feet.
This is a real game of skill and you will have some fun watching this.
Centre left is the skateboard park, all sorts of tricks and acrobatic stunts go on here.
This part of the park is just for the young and young at heart.
Further to the left is the large pond and the ornate gardens.
There are two main entrances to Benjasiri Park facing onto Sukhumvit Road.
At either entrance is a small kiosk where you can purchase a loaf of bread and feed it to the fish.
There are some monster catfish in this pond, and I am not surprised seeing how much bread they are fed.
Literally loaves and loaves of bread go into that pond each day to feed the turtles and fish.
There are public swimming pools all over Bangkok, but if you don't know where to look then they can be difficult to find.
At the rear of Benjasiri Park is a members only swimming pool.
To join you need:
After you have been provided with your membership card you can swim in the pool for 15 baht during one of the following sessions.
The 6-lane pool is 12.5m x 25 m and there are unconfirmed reports that it is necessary to wear Speedos!
In case you want to find your way around, then towards the rear of the park, near to the swimming pool entrance you will find a Benjasiri Park Map mounted on a small pedestal.
Benjasiri Park is located in the heart of Sukhumvit and adjacent to the Emporium Shopping centre.
It is a lovely small park that is well used by the locals and in the evening there is a musical fountain show alongside Sukhumvit Road, although the official park website indicate three shows per day.
Musical Fountain Show
Next time you are in the vicinity stop by and relax.
If you like to listen to Buddhist teachings, then every second Sunday from 06:30 am - 08:30 am you can come and make merit and listen to a sermon.
Sessions are located at the rear of Benjasiri Park.
The original construction of the park began in 1990, on land which originally housed the Bangkok Meteorological Department until its relocation to Bang Na.
The whole park is centred around an ornamental lake, it contains 12 pieces of contemporary sculpture by Thai artists and is often used for open-air events.
This is a park about the arts and so scattered around the park are some 18 sculptures and a gold plaque from the Queen.
If you are not sure how to get to this park or the Phrom Phong BTS station (E5) then have a look at the BTS map of the Bangkok Skytrain to get your bearings.
If you liked Benjasiri Park then you might also like Rama IX Park.
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