Even though we are hosting the bi-weekly meetups in Bangkok, there will always be some people who can’t make it along. This doesn’t mean I won’t make a special trip in, so when Jeremy bounced me a message, I took the opportunity to go back into Bangkok to hang out for the afternoon. He was in the Asok area and suggested we meet at Benjakitti Park which is conveniently located close to the BTS and the MRT lines. Today I chose to take the MRT given that both lines have a station at Bang Wa which is where I usually grab the BTS.
Benjakitti Park was developed from the Tobacco pond area 200×800 meters, built by digging and reclamation. This park was part of the project replacement area from resolutions in the government of Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun. Name “Benjakitti” was given by Queen Sirikit during the opening. Benjakitti Park has a landmark symbol called “Pathumthani” near the pond. It was opened in 2004 (on land formally owned by the Tobacco Monopoly) to honour the 72nd birthday of Queen Sirikit.