Benjakitti Forest Park is located in the Khlong Toei District of central Bangkok, Thailand. Opened to the public in 2022, Benjakitti Forest Park is an expansion of the original Benjakitti Park as part of Bangkok’s 30-year plan to create more public park space.
I was struck by the uniqueness and oasis-like beauty of Benjakitty Forest Park the first time I visited. As the sunrise broke through the high rises in the distance, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the city skyline against the intensely green vegetation and meandering marshy ponds.
It is my understanding that Benjakitty Forest Park is not only beautiful but functional as well. The park can hold up to 128 million cubic meters of water. It acts like a giant sponge to manage water during Bangkok’s rainy season. The park also functions as a water treatment facility that is capable of treating up to 1,600 cubic meters of water per day.
Multiple paths, both elevated and at pond level, meander throughout Benjakiity Forest Park. These paths are designated for walking, running, and biking as they provide opportunities for both relaxation and exercise to the residents and visitors of Bangkok.
Early mornings tend to be tranquil at Benjakitty Forest Park. This was my favorite time of day to visit, explore, and enjoy the beautiful sunlight cast across the grasses, flowers, and water.
Late afternoons can get quite busy as people gather for sunset and search for wildlife from the observation platforms.
Providing a tranquil respite from a generally chaotic city, Benjakitty Forest Park was a highlight of my short time spent in Bangkok, Thailand. Not only is it beautiful, but it also encourages healthy outdoor activity, provides a wildlife refuge, and addresses water management issues. It is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished through great urban planning. I wish Bangkok well in its endeavor to create a greener city for its residents and visitors.