From an entire area made of trampolines to luxury shopping, EmQuartier off the BTS Skytrain Station Phrom Phong seemingly has it all. The air-conditioned mall is certainly an oasis from Bangkok’s overwhelming heat, and it is chock full of interesting finds, like the tropical garden.
Located in the Helix Quartier you will find the 3,000 square meter garden. Depending on where visitors enter from, they will first be greeted by the large waterfall at the center of it all. The man-made waterfall stands some 40 meters tall, cascading down just adjacent to the escalators that take visitors to the top of EmQuartier.
Once inside the garden, visitors can meander under the trellis, made up of hanging green vines and lavender colored flowers. Just opposite the trellis is a canopy of trees, where there is ample covered seating. Each row of benches provides visitors with impeccable views of downtown Bangkok and a nice breeze to keep cool.
Almost directly in front of these benches facing Emporium is Benjasiri Park, where visitors get a bird’s eye view of the lake that sits at its center and the many pedestrians strolling around it. You can also catch a glimpse of a Brachiosaurus or two and the glistening white Ferris wheel of Dinosaur Land, situated right off the train.
There are plenty of paths for visitors to stroll through, including the winding, wooden bridge under the shaded Bhodi and Banyan trees. The Bhodi tree is well-known in Thailand for its significance within Buddhism, many Thais are practicing Buddhists (over 95 percent).
This sacred tree is where Siddhartha Gautama became enlightened in Bodh Gaya, India. A number of Bayan trees can be found on the small area dubbed Banyan Island.
Those families with kids who are looking for something a bit more adventurous may opt to explore the garden via Urban Adventure, the rope climbing course in the garden’s grounds. It is open Monday-Friday from 11 am to 9 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm. Kids aged four through 12 are welcome to take on the rope course for children, and those at least the age of eight can take on the high rope course. Luckily (or not) for parents, they must join their children on the high ropes course, unless they are 12 or over.
Along the concrete stairs is the creek that runs peacefully just alongside it, surrounded by ferns and orchids.
Those who want to take a load off might instead opt for the strange Cocoon Parc, where visitors can relax on these benches, all the while enjoying the city from incredible heights.
After strolling through the garden, visitors find themselves at the top of The View, where some of the best views of Benjasiri Park and north Bangkok are to be found. Cross through the sliding glass doors just next to The View and you will leave the garden and discover an abundance of fine-dining.
Sava Dining, Fuji, Wine I Love You, and La Monita Mexican Urban Cantina are just a few of the many restaurants found lining this winding shopping arena. Each restaurant, in addition to delicious food, is equipped with stunning views of the city.