Bangkok, Thailand




Nagaraphirom Park
Maha Rat Rd (Tha Tien Pier). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
The park opened in December 2010 and is located right beside the Tha Tien Pier along the Chao Phraya River.
Nagaraphirom Park is quite small but the cool river breeze makes it a nice park for a rest after exploring Rattanakosin. There is not a lot of shade, so better avoid this park when the sun is at its highest. A short concrete promenade gives a stunning view and a good spot for taking photos of Wat Arun across the river, especially during sunrise or sunset.

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Saranrom Park
Saranrom Rd (Tha Tien Pier). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This park was originally a royal garden and part of the Saranrom Palace (built in 1866 by King Rama IV). He wanted to use the palace after stepping down as monarch but died before it was completed. When King Rama V reigned, he gave the palace to his younger brothers and turned the park into a zoo. When he built the Dusit Palace in the early 20th century, he transferred all the animals to Dusit Zoo. The park then became the property of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later turned into a public park in 1960.

The basic layout still resembles the design by King Rama IV. The park features a lush garden created around a lake, home to glasshouses, ancient trees and wooden pagodas. It's a great place to relax and escape the heat and after work, many locals run around the paths for exercise or do aerobics on loud music. At the south end of the park is a marble monument dedicated to Queen Sunantha Kumareerat and Prince Kannaporn Phetcharat, who died in a boating accident during the reign of King Rama V.

Saranrom Pak by Heinrich Damm

Rommaninat Park
Soi Siriphat (Panfa Leelard Pier). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This public park is built on the old prison grounds of the Bangkok Remand Prison near Wat Suthat. Three blocks, a cellblock, a side of the prison wall and two watchtowers were preserved and turned into a museum named the Corrections Museum, located at the southeastern corner of the park. The park features many fountains, some basketball courts, a playground and a weight lifting area.

Sanam Luang
Ratchadamnoen Nai Rd (Tha Chang Pier).
When Rattanakosin was established as Siam's capital, King Rama I designed this vast open field situated between the northern wall of the Grand Palace and the eastern wall of the former Wang Na Palace. At that time, the ground was a rice field sometimes used for royal cremation. King Rama IV renamed the ground "Thong Sanam Luang" or the royal ground and all rice farming here ceased. Later, King Rama V had Wang Na's eastern wall demolished and enlarged Sanam Luang to its current size.

Today, Sanam Luang is Bangkok's equivalent of a "speaker's corner" where people can get together to talk politics. In recent history, the ground has been used for political rallies and demonstrations, such as the yellow and red shirt protests in the late 2000s. On 5th December, Bangkok's residents crowd here to celebrate the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Every night, a flea market is held on the streets surrounding the park.

Sanam Luang by Heinrich Damm

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