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Lake Ratchada (Lake Rajada)
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located within Benjakitti Park, also known as QUEEN SIRIKIT PARK

An oval in shape and in the middle lies a large dam decorated with fountains known as lake Ratchada or lake Rajada. 

The lake is approx 2km in diameter with hire options for paddleboat or canoe and surrounded by a quality walkway providing popular exercise circuit for all who enter, the surface is perfect for walk, run, bike or rollerblade. 

One one side of the park are many gardens with a pleasant casual walk area, toilets and rest areas as well as a few prime photo shoot spots for engagements or weddings.  

Benjakiti boasts a separated bicycle lane that makes it possible to cycle as fast as you like with little interference. Bikes of all sizes can be rented for 40 baht per one hour. Rental bikes are available, during the day, the park is often empty and gets lively in the evenings, the curious should get there before 6pm and watch the world stand still (national anthem), then get ready for stunning sunset photos with city buildings in the background.  

Only meters away is the Retro live caf'e located on the Sukhumvit side of Queen Sirikit Convention Center offering a raised viewpoint back over Park. The caf'e is International standard with seating inside and outside to cater for up to 500 guests and to one side is a Royal Sala, excellent for photo shots.




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Opening hours: Daily: 5.00 - 20.00 
Facilities:  
  • Push bike and paddle boat and canoe hire.  
  • 1.8km path around lake,  playground area children, exercise area adults
  • Caf'e (Retro live cafe).   
  • 300mtrs from MRT (subway) station,  400 mtrs from BTS (skytrain) station
  • adjoins Queens Sirikit National Conventional Centre

Best time to visit: early evenings as the lights and the reflections on the lake's surface from adjacent high rise buildings are spectacular. 

Two (2) major entrance gates. 
The main gate 5 minutes walk from Asok, Sukhumvit Rd junction, reached by BTS skytrain to Asok BTS station or MRT underground to Sukhumvit station. 
2nd entrance at the the far end of the park, next to the Queen Sirikit Convention Center with another MRT station - Queen Sirikit Convention Center station. 

History:  Opened in 2004 in honour of Queen Sirikit’s 72nd birthday, the park came to be when the Thai royal family decided to level a large swath of old buildings previously rented out to the Tobacco Monopoly. Benjakiti occupies 130 rai (some 21 hectares) and is part of a larger master plan to improve Bangkok’s overall liability. The park’s centerpiece is a relatively large lake (for Bangkok at least) surrounded on all sides by well-groomed flower bushes and trees. Go for a cruise on a pedal-powered swan boat, or just enjoy the photogenic reflections of surrounding skyscrapers.




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Ratchadapisek Sukhumvit (Rd), Klong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
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