On 24th June 2020, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, welcomed General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, to preside over the Opening Ceremony of Chao Phraya Sky Park which links the travel between Thonburi Side and Phra Nakhon Side, and becomes the new tourist destination with the splendid scenic view of Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has worked in collaboration with the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT), and Urban Design and Development Center (UDDC) to implement the pathway landscape regeneration project on the bridge structure crossing Chao Phraya River, at the middle space of Phra Pok Klao Bridge. The project was conducted by improving the original structure of Lavalin Rail Track which was abandoned without use for more than 30 years to be elevated public park with the walkway and bicycle lane. This elevated park is 280 meters long and 8.50 meters wide with the installation of 2-to-3-meter-high guardrails, various facilities, and elevator for the disabled who come to use the services.
Moreover, the “Chao Phraya Sky Park” connects Bangkok Chalerm Phrakiat Forrest Park located at the end of Phra Pok Klao Bridge in Khlong San District to Somdet Phra Pok Klao Park in Phra Nakhon District. It also links with routes to other areas and canals around the Rattanakosin Island such as Khlong Ong Ang Canal where its landscape was previously developed by the BMA together with other areas such as Khlong Thom Area, Saphan Han Fabric Market, Phahurat Indian Town, and Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market, etc.
The “Chao Phraya Sky Park” is not only a recreational spot overlooking the Chao Phraya River for leisure and exercises, but it is also a beautiful scenic point at the middle of Chao Phraya River. It provides 360-degree superb panoramic view which divided into 3 spots namely 1) Arun Rung, 2) Jai Chao Phraya, and 3) Tawan Ron. In order to promote the Sky Park to be a new vibrant landmark of Bangkok which attracts both Thai and foreign visitors to continually visit Phra Nakhon and Thonburi sides.
“Chao Phraya Sky park” is ready to open for the public every day from 05.00 hrs. to 20.00 hrs. and all the visitors must comply with the regulations of the BMA’s Public Park Office. In order to get there, visitors can take buses no. 3, 7A, 9, 42, 8, 73, 73A, and 82 or Chao Phraya Express Boats from Saphan Phut Pier (only Orange Flag express boats) and fixed-route ferry (local line without flag) or MRT Blue line train to Sanam Chai Station.