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Revitalizing Khlong Chong Nonsi: Bangkok’s New Urban Green Oasis

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Khlong Chong Nonsi canal

In a striking turn of events, Khlong Chong Nonsi canal may just become Bangkok’s newest green sanctuary without losing its urban charm. Trees lining this historic canal are being preserved and cared for like cherished relics, despite widespread social media hysteria over their potential destruction. The city’s Public Works Department, collaborating with landscape experts, has set the tone for a project that aims to seamlessly blend nature and modern infrastructure.

From Surawong Junction to Rama 3 Road, the beautification project is a labor of love and respect for nature. The primary goal? To retain as much flora as possible, ensuring the least disruption to the existing greenery. According to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s spokesperson, Aekvarunyoo Ampala, the revitalization project is a meticulous endeavor that strives to balance urban development with ecological sensitivity.

Before the spades hit the ground, an extensive evaluation of the 284 trees along the 1.6 kilometers stretch from Soi Narathiwat 7 to Chan-Narathiwat Intersection took place. The aim was to ensure weak or diseased trees got a second chance at life elsewhere. Fifty-three of these arboreal giants found new homes after a thorough health assessment affirmed their need for relocation.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that the trees along Chong Nonsi remain intact. Our focus is on conserving them and optimizing the space for public benefit,” assures Aekvarunyoo Ampala. This meticulous approach has, however, not been enough to quell the storm of online critics.

Social media has been abuzz with concerns, particularly on the X platform under the hashtag #saveต้นพิกุล. Impassioned comments fly like autumn leaves, lamenting the perceived loss of these significant, historic trees. “The trees in the center of the city are meaningful and have a long history with the people; we are sad that they are being cut down,” reads one emotional post. Another detractor questions, “I don’t understand the purpose of the project; the place is already beautiful.”

Despite this digital uproar, the project’s objective is as clear as a spring morning. The intention isn’t to erase the canal’s verdant history but to enhance it, creating a harmonious blend of natural beauty and modern comfort. Imagine walking along a newly revitalized Khlong Chong Nonsi, where preserved trees and thoughtfully planned pathways offer a serene escape right in the heart of Bangkok.


  1. Anna Lee July 3, 2024

    I think this project is fantastic! The canal has needed an upgrade for years.

    • Bret_M67 July 3, 2024

      It will only be fantastic if they can actually save all those trees. Otherwise, it’s just another excuse to cut them down.

      • Anna Lee July 3, 2024

        I believe they’re really trying to save as many trees as they can. The evaluation process seems quite thorough.

      • Kira T. July 3, 2024

        Yeah, but they always say that, don’t they? And then we end up with fewer trees and more concrete.

  2. Joe July 3, 2024

    Why spend so much money on this project when there are more pressing issues in Bangkok?

    • Ploy N. July 3, 2024

      Well, urban green spaces are really important for mental health and the environment. We need more greenery, not less!

      • Joe July 3, 2024

        I don’t disagree with the importance of green spaces, but priorities matter. What about the flood issues?

      • SmartBangkokian July 3, 2024

        Advanced drainage systems included in the beautification can also help with flooding. It’s a win-win.

    • Mark L. July 3, 2024

      Totally agree with you, Joe. This seems like a vanity project.

  3. Eduardo_sanchez July 3, 2024

    People need to trust the experts. This kind of urban planning is essential for sustainable city living.

    • NatureLover69 July 3, 2024

      Experts say a lot of things, but sometimes they’re wrong. Historical trees should never be moved.

    • Eduardo_sanchez July 3, 2024

      But if the trees are weak or diseased, isn’t it better they get a second chance somewhere else?

  4. Samantha K. July 3, 2024

    I grew up near Khlong Chong Nonsi. This project brings me hope that future generations will also cherish it.

    • Kevin O. July 3, 2024

      Exactly! We need to modernize while respecting the past. It’s a fine balance.

  5. Larry D July 3, 2024

    All this noise over trees! There are bigger issues to tackle in Bangkok.

    • Wanderlust_GF July 3, 2024

      Trees are a big issue! They provide oxygen, shade, and beauty. Priorities!

    • Larry D July 3, 2024

      I get that, but it feels like a distraction from more urgent problems.

  6. Eliza M. July 3, 2024

    They better not mess this up. Online critics are often right about these projects.

    • Jakob R. July 3, 2024

      When aren’t people critical online? Let’s give this project a chance first.

  7. Lisa P. July 3, 2024

    The fact that 53 trees had to be moved is concerning. What about their survival rate after relocation?

  8. Pauline B. July 3, 2024

    Why can’t people appreciate an effort to make our city better?

  9. grower134 July 3, 2024

    #saveต้นพิกุล is trending for a reason. Saving history should go alongside any development.

  10. Nicky Sivak July 3, 2024

    I’m excited to walk along the new canal once it’s finished. More green spaces are always a good thing.

  11. Jason V. July 3, 2024

    Can’t wait to see the final result. It has so much potential to be a peaceful urban retreat.

  12. Evelyn S. July 3, 2024

    I remain skeptical until I see real progress. Too many government projects end up half-done or abandoned.

    • Jason V. July 3, 2024

      Totally understand. Fingers crossed it’s not another failed promise.

  13. Frank Liu July 3, 2024

    It’s risky, but well-planned urban green zones can redefine city life for the better.

  14. Syria H. July 3, 2024

    Have there been any independent reviews of this project’s environmental impact?

  15. Chaiwat July 3, 2024

    Balancing modernity and nature is a wise approach. Let’s hope for the best.

    • Manjit K. July 3, 2024

      Balancing is key, but how often does it really happen in big projects like this?

  16. Margaret_D July 3, 2024

    The space has been neglected for far too long. Any effort to improve it is welcome.

    • Carmen W. July 3, 2024

      But at what cost? Those trees mean a lot to the community.

  17. Natasha L. July 3, 2024

    I feel conflicted. I want the canal to look nice, but I’m also worried about the trees.

  18. Tom D July 3, 2024

    Considering Bangkok’s pollution, more green spaces are always a win. Hope they pull it off!

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