APEC has certainly been an inescapable buzzword in 2022 as Thailand plays host to the year-long Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings. Countless conferences under this year’s theme of “Open. Connect. Balance.” will be wrapping up in November, with state heads around the world coming to join the Economic Leaders’ Week at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. If you’re part of the APEC entourage (or any business conference, for that matter) and are looking to experience more of Thai culture post-meeting, here’s a cheat sheet of places for recreation and relaxation designed with the business traveler in mind.
Rest the eyes and mind at Benjakitti Forest Park
It’s right next door to Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), so if you need a breather from conferences, this patch of green won’t disappoint. The newly expanded park was completed this year and features an amphitheater, walkways through the marshes and elevated tracks for biking. Behind the artificial lake, the backdrop of Bangkok’s skyscrapers remind one that the park is situated right in the heart of the city, despite the lulling sounds of birds and frogs. Wetlands across this 41-hectare park showcase a range of Thai flora and fauna, all photogenic and soothing for the soul.