This was very high on my to-do list. I had been reading and researching about this park for months. Basically, it's a monuments park honoring seven great kings who have ruled the kingdom that has expanded into what is modern-day Thailand. These kings represent different eras, of course, and dynasties even. I wanted to see King Ram Khamhaeng,which is the name of the university where my wife Kade got her degree. I also wanted to see King Taksin the Great, who was unfortunately sandwiched in-between two dynasties and whose rule was tragically cut short. Even if you have little interest in history, the park is a great place to hang out, relax and even people watch. Look at each monument, the detail they have and how enormous they are. And then study the park layout, with the mountain backdrop and gorgeous landscaping. It's pretty inspiring, in a way. Certainly it's a testament to our ability as humans to envision and build magnificent structures. If you hit the park at sunset like we did (we waited almost two hours for it), you won't forget it. And when you're done, go eat delicious seafood in one of the city's restaurants - preferably one right on the water.
King Taksin the Great
Kade is standing on the red platform.