BANGKOK – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has presented a monkey cheek dam to city dwellers as a New Year gift and a place for outdoor activities.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra said during the opening ceremony that the monkey cheek dam, known to locals as Bueng Non Bon, will also serve as a “sports family park.” It is among Bangkok’s 25 water retention areas built to prevent flooding.
Bueng Non Bon is the capital’s largest water retention area at 600 rai. Additional facilities have been built to cater to water and land sports enthusiasts. Bueng Non Bon offers various water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing, with staff providing instruction and advice free of charge.
There are also basketball and sepak takraw courts, as well as an outdoor gym for those interested in outdoor activities. A four-kilometer biking track was built around the dam to honor Her Majesty the Queen’s 83rd Birthday Anniversary last year.
Bueng Non Bon Sports Family Park is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Park members must be eight years old and above. An annual membership fee of 10 baht is required for those age 8 – 18 and 40 baht for those older than 18.