Imagine a place where the pulse of the city meets the serene whisper of nature, where the skyline brushes against the treetops, and the air is alive with the magic of storytelling and the soft echo of meditation chants. This is no mere daydream; it’s the enchanting reality of the annual three-day festival at Benchakitti Forest Park, a verdant oasis nestled in the heart of bustling Bangkok.
As the sun peeks over the horizon, bathing the park in its golden hues, the festival blossoms into life with an early morning alms-giving ceremony. Watch as the collective spirit of generosity unfurls, while lines of saffron-clad Buddhist monks collect offerings in a time-honored tradition that marks the auspicious start of the weekend festivities.
For those seeking adventure, join the nature journey workshops where guided tours unravel the secrets of the park’s rich tapestry of fauna and flora. It’s an intimate encounter with Mother Nature, narrated by experts who can turn a simple leaf into a story and a silent pond into a symphony of life.
Free-spirited children will find their haven high up in the embrace of the ancient trees. With tree-climbing activities, little ones become intrepid explorers, discovering the freedom and fun of nature’s very own playgrounds. Let their laughter and joy be the music that dances through the leaves.
If mental agility is your forte, then the chess in the garden event is calling your name. Pit your wits against likeminded enthusiasts in this cerebral game of strategy and foresight, all within the tranquil ambience of Benchakitti’s lush surroundings. Checkmate amidst the chirping of birds – isn’t that something?
Familial bonds are stitched tighter with our colouring and stories in the garden sessions. Delight as children huddle around, their eyes wide with wonder while storytellers weave tales of lore and legend. With the added joy of colouring, it’s an interactive escapade that paints vibrant memories.
Engage in thought-provoking dialogue with the Better SX Morning Talk, a cerebral exchange of innovative ideas for nurturing sustainable and green lifestyles within the concrete jungle. It’s an intellectual feast that’ll spark conversations and inspire change.
Our community market is a treasure trove where over 40 booths burst with wholesome food, charming garden plants, and the mellifluous blend of live music. It’s retail therapy with soul, as you support local merchants against a backdrop of gentle tunes.
The SX Repartment store offers a chance to lighten your load and uplift others. Pass on the possessions that no longer serve you to those in need, and let your old favorites begin a new chapter in someone else’s story.
But perhaps the crown jewel of the festival is the yoga in the park session, complete with a tranquil sound bath. Here, you’ll unroll your mat and partake in free mindfulness yoga classes, letting the stress of urban life melt away as you attune to the harmonic frequencies woven by musicians, reconnecting with the rhythm of nature herself.
Benchakitti Forest Park, sprawling over 300 rai of urban sanctuary, is a canvas of emerald hues, home to a tranquil lake, lush forest, and flowing water meadows. It’s a dynamic nexus where Bestival 2024 and an active lifestyle converge, thanks to the strategic vision of NCC Management and Development, and their partnership with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and other visionary entities.
With trails to wander and elevated walkways that carry you into the treetop canopies, the park transitions seamlessly into the Green Mile, a bridge to the adjacent Lumpini Park. And for those attending events or conferences, the QSNCC is but a stroll away, connected by nature, just as we are all connected in our quest for rejuvenation and joy.
Lose yourself in a festival that’s more than just a series of events, it’s an immersive experience that promises to enrich, entertain, and enlighten; an escape from the ordinary — into the heart of nature’s extraordinary embrace.