Suan Rot Fai is a bit of a hidden gem. While it’s extremely popular with locals, most residents of Bangkok have no idea where it is. It’s only a short motorcycle taxi ride from Chatuchak Market, that’s visited by millions of people every year, yet next to none of them visit this excellent park. If you’re planning to visit Bangkok, be sure to click here for a great range of hotels.
Rot Fai Park was formerly the State Railway of Thailand’s golf course, but it was decided to convert the 150-acre plot of land to a park for local people.
The most popular pastime in the park is cycling. When we were there in the morning there were hundreds of people cycling around the park. Bike rental is extremely cheap, with prices starting at just 20 baht ($0.70) for three hours. We paid 30 baht for Miu’s bike and 40 baht for mine. The most expensive bikes were 60 baht ($2).
We some large numbers of families and schoolchildren cycling at the park, so this would be a good place for a family day out. Your kids would love it.
Another feature of the park that was popular with children and families was the Butterfly House.
But don’t pick the flowers. This was the only place I’ve seen a “Don’t Pick The Flowers” sign.
Other features of the park include a children’s golf course, a boating lake, a Buddha garden, a swimming pool, a students camping site and a botanical and herb garden.
The park also has more birds than other Bangkok parks. We spotted quite a few Herons while we were there and also numerous loud crows.
This park is next to Queen Sirikt Park and also close to Chatuchak Park, so you could spend a day visiting all three. Rot Fai is the best of the three for activities, while Queen Sirikit Park is great for relaxing. Chatuchak Park seems to have less to offer, although it’s easier to get to, because it’s right next to Mo Chit BTS station.
Rot Fai Park Details
Opening Hours: 04:30-21:00 every day
Location: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, near Chatuchak Weekend Market
Nearest BTS: Mo Chit – take exit 1, turn into Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road and keep walking for about 15 minutes. It’s just passed Queen Sirikit Park. Or take a motorbike taxi.
Nearest MRT: Chatuchak Park – take exit 1 and exit 2, turn into Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road and keep walking for about 15 minutes. It’s just passed Queen Sirikit Park. Or take a motorbike taxi.
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