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My Travel Story: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden
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    Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    Part 1
    My visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden was inspired by this thread-http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/showthread.php?47665-Bangkok-Butterfly-Garden

    Then I said, with my fingers crossed, after getting some tips on how to get there-
    Quote Originally Posted by Marie
    Thanks. I think I will find it easily.
    I made it.

    From my hotel in Silom I took the BTS Silom Line, changed at Siam Station to the Sukhumvit Line and stopped at Mo Chit, the last station. As you descended the stairs on the right, you would easily see the Chatuchak Park.There are many people going inside the park, but many of them mean to use a short cut inside the park to go to the Chatuchak Market.

    On the train I happened to sit beside a Thai tourist guide who was escorting a South African guy to the market. I asked him (the guide) what was the best way to get to the Butterfly Garden.The poor guy was totally clueless, and hadn't even heard of that garden before. LOL But on the entrance of the Chatuchak Park a huge map was on display, though the writings were in Thai, and the South African quickly spotted the image of a butterfly. So more or less we got an idea where the garden was located.
    I told them to go ahead, adding jokingly that the moment I saw a butterfly I'd just follow it.

    I had intended to stroll my way to the garden. However, it's not that easy to walk inside the park in search of the Butterfly Garden since there are many pathways leading to different directions--and strangely--nobody could give specific directions. Well, that's really nothing very new to me. :-) I went back to the entrance where the huge map was. The guy manning that post remembered me and asked if I wanted to hire a motorcycle for 40 Baht. Without batting an eyelash, I said yes.

    So I rode and sat at the back of the rider. The guy seemed to be in a great hurry. We were speeding, and sometimes snaked our way through the traffic jam. There was a moment when we passed through a rough road and I was almost thrown away. And I had no helmet on! I wanted to tell him that if I died he wouldn't be able to collect his 40 baht anymore, what a waste for him- but then we had reached the entrance 'near' the Butterfly Garden.

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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    Do you ride sidesaddle Marie?
    If it's not true, don't say it. If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not right, don't do it.

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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

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    Do you ride sidesaddle Marie?
    No. I prefer to sit astride, and I always wear pants when traveling.

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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    Me too
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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    Any photos, Marie?

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    This is Chatuchak Park. It covers an area of 0.304 square kilometers. Queen Sirikit Park and Wachirabenchatat Park were later added to it, though they are separated from Chatuchak Park by Kampaengphet 3 Road.

    The entrance we took was through the Wachirabenchatat Park (photo below).
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    The Wachira Benchathat Park (0.600 km²) is the biggest and newest addition to the Chatuchak Park complex. It was originally called State Railway Public Park (ǹö, or Suan Rot Fai) but was renamed in July 2002 to honor HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's 50th birthday. This is where the Butterfly Garden sits.

    I visited on a weekend and there were many schoolchildren dressed in sport gear who appeared to be in a sort of sports festival. They were grouped according to colors- pink, orange, etc. While I was marching towards the Butterfly Garden, I found some booths
    with tables that carried foodstuffs. I stopped by in one hoping to get myself a cold drink. But I was told it was not for sale. Then I noticed that everything in that tent had a pink motif! Even the people manning the booth wore pink shirts. I deduced that that must be the refreshments kiosk for the Pink Team. I subsequently stumbled into the booth of the Orange Team a few hundred yards away.

    I must mention that the lane I walked on teemed with bicycle riders, such that if you're not cautious you could get bumped. Many riders were kids that were being coached by their parents. I also saw some joggers and walkers who were perhaps taking advantage of their free day to exercise.

    It probably helped that at that stage I could already pronounce perfectly the word "butterfly"
    in Thai. People became more definitive in pointing to me the exact location. Soon I found myself standing before this building-
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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Any photos, Marie?
    I was in the process of composing/editing my post when you made your comments. LOL

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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

    "Wachira Benchathat Park" appears to have previously been a golf course, probably for railroad people.
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    Re: Visit at Bangkok Butterfly Garden

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    "Wachira Benchathat Park" appears to have previously been a golf course, probably for railroad people.
    Right. And then in the 1990's it was converted into a public park. It is said that at first the whole park was called "Railroad Park", then later it was divided into two. The Southern portion became "Queen Sirikit Park",and the northern bigger chunk was named "Wachira Benchathat Park".

    However, while inside, I was a bit confused - I knew I was treading on Wachira Benchatchat side, but I had to cross a bridge that's a part of Queen Sirikit Park, to get to the Butterfly Garden, which perches on Wachira Benchatchat Park. No matter! Maybe it's just me.

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    Part 3
    As soon as you enter the Bangkok Butterfly Garden a lady in the reception asks you to sign the guest book. The only info they want is names and how many persons are visiting. {I thought it might also be interesting to add what countries the visitors are from.)

    From there you proceed to the garden where a huge (about 10 ft tall), multicolored mosaic butterfly greets you. It contains the different parts of a butterfly in Thai. Some parents take time to show these to their kids.

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    These hangings are quite fascinating. At first I didn't know what they are for. I found out they are used to catch insects.
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