Benchakitti Forest Park (Benjakitti): Oasis in the Heart of Bangkok

Written by Katherine

September 13, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Hubs and I were interested in checking out Benchakitti Forest Park since we have seen a lot of people mentioning it. Besides shopping and eating, we thought it would be fun to experience nature in the heart of Bangkok. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this park so special that you should check it out for your next trip to Bangkok! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

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About Benchakitti Forest Park (Benjakitti)

Benchakitti Forest Park, also known as Benjakitti Park, was created in 2004. However, it was not until 2022 that the park finished its expansion into a bigger green space. It is no wonder that we have not heard about this park until recently.

The lake in Benchakitti Forest Park, the first thing we saw when we entered the entrance.

To foreigners, Bangkok has always been known for its street food and affordable goods. So it has never crossed our mind that there would be such an oasis in the heart of the city where you can take a respite from the busy streets. When we stepped into this place, it was as if we just stepped through a gate portal. The whole vibe was different. Instead of the sounds of cars on the roads or people chatting and walking along the streets, we were greeted with the sounds of nature. It was peaceful. ( ´ ꒳ ` )

Activities You Can Do at the Park

With its recent expansion, the Benchakitti Forest Park now covers nearly 480,000 square meters of green space. With so much green space, you would bet there would be a lot you can do at this park, no matter what you are interested in.

For Fitness Enthusiasts

There are many well-paved paths in the Benchakitti Forest Park, making it ideal for people who love to jog or cycle after work. The park also has fitness stations, making it a good spot for people who want to work out with nature in the background.

The jogging/walking/cycling paths that we saw in Benchakitti Forest Park

When we were there, we saw several people jogging there. It felt kind of familiar to us since we stayed near a park in Singapore. Hubs and I would always choose to take a stroll in the park after working at home, just so that we can soak up some Vitamin D to boost our mood. As tourists who would usually be busy shopping and eating, seeing such a scene was quite refreshing. ( ´ ω ` )

For Families, Friends & Couples

With such a vast space, we also saw many people just hanging around and chilling in the Benchakitti Forest Park. Some could be seen sitting on their picnic mat on the grass, while others were chit-chatting on a bench under the trees. There are also playgrounds in the park that parents can bring their kids to enjoy while admiring nature. When we were there, seeing people chilling in the park was such a vibe. ⸜( ´ ꒳ ` )⸝

Locals hanging out in Benchakitti Forest Park

For Graduates

Interestingly, Benchakitti Forest Park seems like a popular spot for graduation photos. When we were there, we spotted quite a few groups of graduates with their photographers happily snapping away on the Skywalk. Ah, youth. I can’t believe it has almost been two decades since our graduation! Haha! (*/ω\)

A view of the buildings in the distance and the wetlands below the Skywalk

The park is huge, and the weather was hot, so hubs and I could not explore the whole place. I heard that you could even do bird-watching in the forest, so bird-watchers, check this place out! Anyway, it seems like the Skywalk is the most popular part of the park. I love that you can overlook the wetlands from the Skywalk. With the buildings as the background, it makes for an interesting place for people to take photos. It is even better when the sun is setting behind the building. (´• ω •`)

Events & Festivals at the Benchakitti Forest Park

There weren’t any events or festivals when we were there. But we saw many people setting up art pieces in the park. It seems like some art exhibition that would take place in the park. I would say that is actually kind of cool, though. Not only can you enjoy nature, but you can also enjoy these art pieces that are made to blend with nature. ( ´ ▽ ` ) We don’t have such a thing at the park near us, but it is probably similar to our Fort Canning Park, where sometimes concerts are held.

Benches in the park and a view of the Amphitheatre at Benchakitti Forest Park

Anyway, when walking on the Skywalk, we spotted a unique architecture from a distance. So we decided to make that our final spot before heading to our next spot. This unique architecture is known as the Amphitheatre. The space looks HUGE, and I am sure it is some venue space for events and festivals in the park. When we got there, we also spotted some locals chilling on the steps there. Some of them looked like they were taking a break from work. Isn’t it kind of cool to have such a spot for breaks (provided the weather is good, though. haha!)?

Hubs and I took a spot to take a break as well. It was rather cloudy that day, so the weather was more bearable even though it was humid. It was really nice just to sit there and do nothing. We basically just stared into space. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

How to Get to Benchakitti Forest Park (Benjakitti)

Closest BTS Station to Get to the Park

Now that you know about such an oasis in the heart of Bangkok, it is time to tell you how you can get here! We visited Terminal 21 Asok’s food court before checking this place out. So we walked from the Asok BTS station, and it took around 5 minutes for us to get there. If you are coming from Asok station, keep walking straight along Ratchadaphisek Rd and eventually, you will spot the park’s entrance. If you are taking the MRT, the nearest station to the park is Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

Best Time to Visit the Park

Since there is hardly any shelter in the park, ideally, you would want to visit before sunset so that it is slightly cooler. But if you want to explore the whole park, you must come earlier. The park is open from 5 AM – 9 PM, so come earlier in the day to avoid the heat and explore in a cooler setting. If you arrive before sunset, do remember to head over to the Skywalk to catch the sun setting over the buildings!

Overall Experience at Benchakitti Forest Park

If you are coming to Bangkok and want to do something different, I highly recommend visiting Benchakitti Forest Park. It felt really nice to just chill from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you visit during sunset, you can consider dropping by Terminal 21 Asok’s food court for its affordable and delicious food for dinner! I went there, and it was totally da bomb. ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Photo of me and my signature pose at the Amphitheatre and a wefie of me and my husband taken from the Skywalk of Benchakitti Forest Park

Information about Benchakitti Forest Park

BENCHAKITTI FOREST PARK (BENJAKITTI)

⏰ Opening Hours: 5 AM – 9 PM
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