It is hard to find green space in Bangkok, especially one that gives you both the serenity to go away in your own mind and the sights and sounds to keep you intrigued and present in the moment. At Santichaiprakarn Park, the choice to be in either state of mind is yours.
Located at the northern tip of Rattanakosin Island right next to Chao Phraya river, this park is a precious, intimate green jewel. Though modest in size, the park wins over many hearts with its location – one can drop by and admire the river vista for hours. Sunsets, barges floating by or waves shimmering on the water, all scenic experiences are only further enhanced by the parks many majestic features – the grand Santichaiprakarn throne hall, the ancient lamphu trees, or the historic Phra Sumen Fort.
Phra Sumen Fort, in particular, is a sight to behold. Present since 1782 around the time of Bangkok’s founding, the durable fort is one of two last remaining original forts that were built to protect the city from invasions. It is named after Mount Meru in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology. The octagonal white brick and stucco structure is three floors high and once housed weapons and ammunition. Today, one can observe canons overlooking the area from the fort still doing their job with vigilance.
Once done taking in the park, you can easily cross the street to find local eateries upon eateries lined up and down along Phra Arthit road. The choice is endless. A 15-minute walk will take you to Khaosan Road or you can hop on a boat at Phra Arthit pier next to the park to go to your next destination.