Sometimes known as the ‘Royal Park’ or ‘Royal Field’, Sanam Luang is right in the centre of the Rattanakosin (‘Old City’) part of Bangkok. A large oval-shaped park, Sanam Luang has a number of royal connections and is where the King appears during his annual 5 December birthday celebrations. Royal cremations are also held here and it is also the venue for the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony. From February to May you can see Kite Flying at the park. There are often competitions for the most ornate and most beautiful kites. It’s very interesting to walk around Sanam Luang in the early evening – you can see fortune tellers (‘Mor Doo’), people selling a variety of wares, and even masseurs offering traditional massage in the open!
Details: Sanam Luang is right in the centre of Bangkok’s main tourist attractions and you can see many of them from the park. It is about 15 minutes walk to Khao San Road from the park.
How to get there: There are no BTS or MRT stations in this area. Probably the fastest way to get there is Express Boat stopping at Banglampoo Pier.
The following buses will get you there:
Bus number: 3, 15, 30, 32, 43, 44, 59, 64, 70, 80, 123, 201
Air-conditioned bus number: 6, 7, 12, 39, 44