PTT Forest: Bangkok’s Green Space Converted from an Urban Landfill

     Can we rely on the rice paddies on the outskirts of Bangkok to provide fresh air for those of us who live in the inner city? Well, not really. The rice plant is pretty much powerless to provide shade from the sun and filter out harmful pollutants. Aside from (a few) trees on either side of the road and those that grow in the wastelands, the term ‘forest’ does not appear to apply to urban areas of Bangkok at all.

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    And now here, out of nowhere, a new forest grows in the heart of Bangkok. PTT’s Forest in the City is an initiative to improve urban green spaces. 12 rai (4.7 acres) of old landfill ground near Suvarnabhumi Airport into a forest by building a comprehensive ecosystem, including a replica of the previous Bangkok forest with more than 250 species of rare plants and a diversity of traditional trees.



      Also, Bangkok has its first skywalk (not the one between BTS stations!). We can easily walk through this forest, which is 200 metres long and more than 10 metres above the ground, making it very easy to stop and take pictures from any angle. The distinctive 23-meter-tall forest observatory is the center of attraction. 

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     If you have a spare half day, either in the morning or the afternoon, once you are in this area, we want you to make an effort to experience the natural beauty that can be found right in the center of the city.

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