This is our favorite park in Bangkok! It is a great place to connect with nature, spend a relaxing and educational few hours, and to regain inner-peace that life in a large city can sap away. Covering an area of 500 rai (198 acres), Suan Luang is Bangkok’s largest green space. It was built in 1987 to commemorate the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX.
Rama IX Park is open 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. An admission fee of 10 baht per person and 10 baht for parking is charged between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. I have seen parking listed on various online sites at both 30 and 40 baht, but the current price listed on the parking receipt, and what we have been charged when entering Dao Rueang Gate Entrance, is 10 baht.
(12/7/2015 Update: Today we entered through the Montharop Gate Entrance for the flower festival. The parking fee today was 50 baht.)
Before heading into the park, make sure you check out the map. It is very easy to get lost!
Rajamangkala Hall contains a nine room exhibition of the King’s royal projects and royal artifacts. Trapangkaew Reservoir covers 40 rai (16 acres) and was built to minimize the impact of flooding in Bangkok’s eastern suburbs.
The botanical garden area is 150 rai (59 acres) and houses a massive and spectacular collection of plant species. Located in this area are the Botanical Building, Ferns and Orchid Houses, Geodesic Dome, Lotus and Water Lilly Garden, Medicinal Plant Garden, and Indoor Plant House.
The Rommani Garden is a 50 rai (20 acre) garden representing various regions of Thailand. Rocks, plants and flowers were taken from different parts of the country and arranged to imitate natural scenes.
The water garden is a 40 rai (16 acre) area that was created to form a natural swamp habitat for aquatic fowl and other aquatic wildlife.
The park also includes an International Garden, a Japanese Garden, and a Chinese Garden.
Sanamraj is a large 70 rai (28 acres) grassy field, great for sporting events and other recreational activities. The building is Sangkhit Pavilion and it is used as an outdoor stage for performances. Looks like a perfect kite-flying field to me!
Rama IX Park also has a large workout area with lots of equipment. I would love to live within easy biking distance and be able to use it on a daily basis! Remember, it is free in the morning before 9:00 AM.
Finally, the maze, one of my favorites in the park, is super fun! Find your way through to the other side.
If you get hungry or thirsty while exploring, there are snack vendors and drink stands located in the park. If you want a full meal, there is an S&P restaurant located on the Montharop Gate side of Trapangkaew Reservoir.
This is just a sampling of what this wonderful park contains. There is much, much more for you to explore!
The best two options are to drive or to take a taxi.
If you have a car or motorcycle, choose the entrance that is most convenient to you (we like the Dao Rueang Gate Entrance coming from Minburi).
When taking a taxi, we have found that it is best to tell/show the driver where you want to go and to defer to their knowledge of Bangkok’s traffic and roads! Let your driver choose the best entrance. If you have access to the BTS, take it to Udom Suk and then it will be a 15 minute taxi ride.
Dao Rueang Gate Entrance – Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Rd* @ 13.689762,100.669668
Rachawadi Gate Entrance – Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Rd* @ 13.687059,100.668119
Fueangfa Gate Entrance – Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Rd* Soi 39 @ 13.680034,100.662136
Montharop Gate Entrance (Behind Paradise Park Shopping Mall) – Srinagarindra** 55 to Soi Muban Seri @ 13.688125,100.658324
*Also written as Chaloemphrakiat Rama IX Rd.
**Also written as Srinakarin and Srinakharin Rd.
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*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.