The Green Mile, Bangkok Thailand
The Green Mile links Benjakiti Park to Lumpini Park and the Bike Lane Overpass! Strava.
It’s 1.29 km in length with three sets of stairs.
Combining Benjakiti Park and Lumpini Park using the green mile link is a great option when you’re looking to rack up some decent kilometers.
- 1 lap of Lumpini is 2.5kms,
- 1 lap of Benjakiti 2 km
- + The green mile is 1.3 km
- = about 6 km.
That includes the short paths from the parks to the green mile.
City Hall has announced that the 1.6-km pedestrian and cycling path linking Lumpini and Benjakitti parks will receive a significant facelift, with an elevated park, improved bike, running lanes, and rest areas for tired visitors.
This exciting upgrade to the 1999 structure will enhance your outdoor experience and make it more comfortable and enjoyable.
How to get the Green Mile Bangkok
By public transportation: The closest BTS station to the Green Mile is Asoke. From there, you can walk or taxi to the Benjakitti Park entrance.
Pro tip: Take water, a sweat towel, and wear comfortable shoes.
Pros and Cons
- The green mile is one of the very few places you can run without being bothered by dogs in Bangkok,
- With the 3 sets of stairs, you can get a decent leg workout in,
- Even at peak times, you can complete a sprint session.
- The green mile parallels the rainwater runoff drain, which can be a bit smelly at times,
- It’s a famous dog-walking strip, so if you’re running through there at night, watch your step,
- It’s only 1.3 km long, which is a lot of back and forth when you’re looking to rack up 20 km +.
The Green Mile History
Lumpini Park, founded in the 1920s, spans an impressive 500,000 sqm and boasts diverse flora and fauna, including some of the giant monitor lizards ever seen.
And that’s not all – Benjakitti Park, which opened in 1994, has recently expanded into a 480,000 sqm green space once home to a tobacco factory.
With a whopping 10 km of walkways, running tracks, and cycle routes, this 650 million baht (US$19 million) development offers something for everyone.
Water features add to the park’s serene ambiance, while a trade show pavilion and a museum provide plenty of educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.
So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar for September 2022 and be among the first to experience the newly revitalized green bridge connecting Lumpini and Benjakitti parks – the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
In preparation for the upcoming 100km race, the green mile is my only choice in Bangkok to get good leg work.
After the fifth or sixth time through the green mile, I can feel my legs working. The flatness of the parks is a welcome relief.
So bring along the face mask just in case and a light if you are running at night and enjoy the green mile Bangkok.
Training for 100kms
Today I needed to rack up roughly 21ks.
I couldn’t get away to train on the trails. So I plan to run the green mile stairs plus Benjakiti and Lumpini Parks.
But Benjakiti Park is partly closed to repair the drains. No stress, I’ll just run whatever is available.
The Hard Truth
My legs felt like concrete as soon as I started running this morning. So I knew it would be a slow start.
No records were broken today. But another decent training session was completed.