Bangkok, Page 90, Khlong Toei District, Ratchadaphisek Road,  Benjakitti Park.Thailand Tobacco Monopoly.
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IIn between Soi 12 and Soi 16 you will find Ratchadaphisek Road, the same road that runs up through Huay Kwang and Ratchada area. The opposite side of the Sukhumvit road is Watthana District. Travelling down the Ratchadaphisek Road,  on the right hand side, about 10 minutes walk you will find Benjakitti Park. Located near Asoke Sky Train Station, Queen Sirikit National Convention centre MRT underground Station.

Benjakitti Park, is located around Lake Ratchada, opened officially in December 2004. Its not clear who officially owns it ( the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, the Bangkok municipality or the Thai government ) at present, but it is located on the grounds of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, along Ratchadaphisek Road ( or Asoke Road ) between Sukhumvit and the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre.

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly operates on a large plot of land, encircled by Rama IV road, Ratchadaphisek road and Sukhumvit road. At present there are still a lot of facilities there. The buildings look mostly like storehouses. However you will find on the boating lake you can hire pedal boats.  Near the end of the park , the other side from Asoke, you will find a small Temple building next to the convention centre. For many years, it has been said that the Monopoly would relocate its facilities outside Bangkok, but implementation of this plan seems to be rather slow. It presently covers about 130 rai  (  0.2 square kilometres ; 51 acres ), but a second phase covering an additional area of 300 rai is planned. It's a peaceful walk through this park area well away from the busy roads of Bangkok.

Next to Benjakitti Park you will find the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. In September 1987, the Minister of Finance, Mr.Suthee Singhasaneh, and the Bank of Thailand Governor, Mr. Kamchorn Sathirakul, jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Thai Government and the World Bank / IMF reaffirming Thailand's commitment to host the 46th Annual Conference in Bangkok between October 1st - 15th 1991. Thailand thus became the 17th host country and 15th Asian host country of the World Bank / IMF Conference following India in 1958, Japan in 1964, the Philippines in 1976 and South Korea in 1985.

As events unfolded, the Royal Thai Government made a decision to start the construction of a national convention centre befitting the importance and grandeur of the distinguished world event. The stage was set for the inauguration of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. When the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Thailand’s first purpose-built convention centre, opened its doors to welcome the 46th World Bank /IMF Annual Meetings in Bangkok between October 1st – 15th, 1991, the inaugural event, it heralded the emergence of a new industry sector in Thailand – the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition ( MICE ) industry.

Bangkok, Khlong Toei District, Ratchadaphisek Road,  Benjakitti Park.Thailand Tobacco Monopoly.