Nestled below the skyscrapers, the perpetual blooms of lakeside park Benjakitti resemble an urban oasis in the heart of Bangkok: A strip of fragrant land besides the commerce of the business district, in which the stone towers of the city are reflected in the ripples of the reservoir.
Closely located to the BTS skytrain Asok, And a short walk from Queen Sirikit MRT station, this green escape is easily accessible from the city, and the best time to visit is evening when the unrelenting heat of the day has softened, letting you step from the polar cool of the MRT to the enveloping heat of the tropical evening
This 130-rai (20.8-hectare) park is is wholly oriented around exercise and is the only park in the city with a dedicated path for cyclists, which loops for 2km around the water.
Not only that, but the park caters to other kinds of physical activity; including a soft grass beach for yoga, space for outdoor exercise classes, and a dual direction running path that runs adjacent to the waters edge.
Cycle rental facilities are also available at a cost of 40 baht an hour, or the more adventurous can rent a swan paddleboat to seek out monitor lizards swimming in the water.
While cycling in BKK might be rightfully perceived as a Hazardous activity, the park provides a safe recreational space, and you can now also cycle between Lumphini and Benjakiti Park on a supposedly safe route that avoids the crossing of main roads.
After exercising in the heat you may need refreshment, and although Benjakiti Park does not allow food vendors inside, the usual fruit and street food stands are available outside the gates.