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    Parklife Bangkok

    I made a visit to the Talad Rod Fai train night market in East Bangkok in March this year but during the afternoon I checked out the large public park nearby.
    King Rama IX park is well worth a visit and covers nearly 200 acres. I guess I didn't see half of it but the scenery is fantastic.
    This is a good website listing most of the large public parks in Bangkok.
    Map of the Top 10 Biggest Public Parks in Bangkok – Thailand Trip Reports
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    Very nice!

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    I'm not sure if that entire area needed to be filled with water. Seems like a waste of space. Could have done with a few smaller ponds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    I'm not sure if that entire area needed to be filled with water. Seems like a waste of space. Could have done with a few smaller ponds.

    Benjakitti Park isn’t the most scenic but it is very popular with the runners.
    A few years ago I stayed in the Column hotel (Long Table restaurant) and my room looked right down on Benjakitti Park. It didn’t look that big from 20 odd floors up but on the ground it’s totally different. Nice for an early morning stroll around the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockitt View Post
    Benjakitti Park isn’t the most scenic but it is very popular with the runners.
    A few years ago I stayed in the Column hotel (Long Table restaurant) and my room looked right down on Benjakitti Park. It didn’t look that big from 20 odd floors up but on the ground it’s totally different. Nice for an early morning stroll around the lake.
    It just needs a few 4 meter crocodiles to add a little excitement and interest.
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    Benjakiti Park is a nice convenient place to get away from the hustle of Sukhumvit. Was quite nice just sitting on the benches next to the water.
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    A couple of photos from King Rama IX Park.
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    I used to love Lumphini Park back when it had loads of life to it..unfortunately after "The Reds" made it their base back in the coup that ousted Thaksin the army closed down most of its attractions...and stopped people from staying overnight or running businesses there without strictly controlled concessions/licences

    I remember as a kid (1960's) being taken to my first (and many subsequent) Muay Thai Boxing Match in the old stadium there...man it was mind blowing back then with all that colour movement and smell..I can still smell that linament from the boxers on hot fetid nights crammed into the stadium with that crazee thai music that accompanies it...sometimes they even had cobras dancing to it...the first time I ever saw a monitor lizard was back then too...in the moat that ran around the park..man it was huge...more than 1.5M long and it popped its bloody head out of the water right in front of where I was sitting on the grass bank..scared the shiteouttame...555

    Fast Forward many years later when I was travelling to Thailand by myself (1970's, the first time) there was a night market there with bands + comedians playing to large crowds..thousands, mostly Thais...you would be one of just a handful of farangs in amongst them back then...and it was brilliant..all for free...

    later on they added a proper boulevarde of designer shops where I would wander about and see what the locals were producing..some of the handicrafts and art were beautiful but on several occasions I saw Chinese knock-Off furniture of my own designs...555

    I'm not one for being out in the heat of the day (unless it is by a beach) so I could never make BKK my home...no matter where I live it just has to be by the sea...I have salt in my veins...but I do love the place and make regular trips up for a few days at a time...I'll be up there early next month again for about a week (got a few biz meetings planned) so I may just do a bit of park investigation if I can find some time

    Nice thread Khun Rockitt...I am a fan of The Rot Fai Nightmarket myself...
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    If those parks were on the west coast of North America there would be a bunch of tent camps full of druggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post

    I am a fan of The Rot Fai Nightmarket myself...
    Me too, what a great place to hang out. Great bars with plenty of live music, food of every kind and not expensive. Not so touristy as the one in Ratchada, probably because it’s not so easy to get to.
    I didn’t realise the Thais were so into retro antique things. Plenty of 50/60s American cars on show there and many old Vespas and Lambretta scooters. I will definitely make a return trip next time.

    Very interesting story’s Nels. Great experiences .
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    Last year I made a point to head up to the top of the Esplanade mall just so I could get a pic of the market, but spent hardly any time at the market itself. Gonna check it out properly this time.

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    The trouble with those bigger markets is they have the same crap as the smaller markets, only more of it. You get to see 100 tiny shops selling the exact same brand of blue jeans, Camel Trophy shirts, cheaply made back packs, or multi pocket kaki shorts. Every once in a while you see some bit of creativity... but not in your size. 555

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    Great photo SS, I can remember your post and thats why I visited the market in Ratchada. A nice view from the multi storey car park.
    The market in East BKK is not surrounded by tall buildings but there is a huge shopping mall, Seacon Square Mall next door.
    Its a nice place to cool down when moving from the King Rama IX Park to the Train night market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    The trouble with those bigger markets is they have the same crap as the smaller markets, only more of it. You get to see 100 tiny shops selling the exact same brand of blue jeans, Camel Trophy shirts, cheaply made back packs, or multi pocket kaki shorts. Every once in a while you see some bit of creativity... but not in your size. 555
    Not at this market. Mostly antique items and vintage/retro clothing etc. Better than some of the retro markets I've been to in the US.
    I think you are referring to the weekend market at Chatuchak Park which is a big tourist magnet.
    Better off going to MBK if thats the kind of stuff you want.
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    That old chopper looks cool! Are you able to get inside? There an abandoned plane somewhere in in Bangkok which I've seen pics of but never made a point of researching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockitt View Post
    Not at this market. Mostly antique items and vintage/retro clothing etc. Better than some of the retro markets I've been to in the US.
    Good to know, Rockitt. Maybe I'm just a jaded old fart who has seen too many Thai markets in the past. 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersub View Post
    That old chopper looks cool! Are you able to get inside? There an abandoned plane somewhere in in Bangkok which I've seen pics of but never made a point of researching it.
    Not sure about that. Maybe get there early and try. Opens at 5pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Taxi was 200bht from Asoke, on a meter with Thai GF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockitt View Post
    Great photo SS, I can remember your post and thats why I visited the market in Ratchada. A nice view from the multi storey car park.
    The market in East BKK is not surrounded by tall buildings but there is a huge shopping mall, Seacon Square Mall next door.
    Its a nice place to cool down when moving from the King Rama IX Park to the Train night market.
    My wife lives 10mins from there and I never been

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersub View Post
    That old chopper looks cool! Are you able to get inside? There an abandoned plane somewhere in in Bangkok which I've seen pics of but never made a point of researching it.
    In Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica there is a restaurant in an old plane
    It's actually a pretty good restaurant

    http://www.cityrefinery.com/food/el-avion/

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    ^Confusing thread..

    Bangkok has many great parks, but the two rot fai markets are miles apart and are very different!
    The one in Ratchada is a very hot, sweaty and enclosed market where you can buy all the cheap shit cheaper than anywhere else, but it doesn't get better than SS pic (I think).

    The one near Suvarnabhumi is a market, but the Rama IX park is far more interesting than the market! There is a small food market in the park and another between the park and the night market, all in all enough to spent time there for a late afternoon / early evening when you get bored from Nana..

    Benchakit park is just behind Nana, and is on the land of the Thai tobacco company. Same as the walking/ cycling path between Benchakit and Lumphini park, no markets there though..

    Personal favorit, although not a park as such is the "green island Pra Padeng", bang Namphueng..
    Take a taxi or cross by boat from Bang Na.. Rent a bicycle and go around in any way, it's an oasis in a metropolis..

    But as much as I like parks, Thailand is just to hot to walk around in them most of the year...

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