While the air-conditioned malls are lovely sometimes you want to get outside and see some of the city. Two destinations an easy distance from the Terminal 21 Mall (MRT: Sukhumvit, BTS: Asok – direct access via Skywalk) are the Khamtieng House museum and Benjakiti Park – great for a walk.
The Khamtieng House museum is literally in the shadow of Terminal 21.
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 21 it is a short walk from Sukhumvit MRT and Asoke BTS stations. Use MRT exit one and BTS exit three.
This is a cool and calm museum administered by the Siam Society. Where the Jim Thompson house is busy and heavily touristed, the Khamtieng House sees only a fraction of the number of visitors.
It is a traditional home from Chiang Mai relocated to the capital in which there are displays of normal 19th century life. There is a focus on rural life and very good examples of local crafts (textiles, carving etc.)
While it is low-key is is a worthwhile 30 minute to an hour visit.
Entry 100 baht and it is open Tuesday to Saturday
Near Terminal 21 and a 10 minute walk from the Khamtieng House is Benjakiti Park.
This is 20.8 hectares of land which was converted from warehouses to a park, when the Tobacco Monopoly moved it’s operations to the city outskirts. It is a quiet place and you are removed from the nearby traffic. It is far less busy than other parks in the city and was only opened in 2004.
There is a large central lake, bike paths and exercise stations, shady planted areas and lots of flowers.
picture from wikicommons
The circuit is popular with runners, cyclists and people just out for a walk. The paths are wide and everyone is accommodated without problems.