Hue Mak Skatepark (Skatepark Ved Stadion)
Bangkok actually has several decent skateparks around the city. I think this one is worth mentioning though because of its size and professional quality. It goes by quite a few different names and depending on what part of town you are in even most locals wont know what you are talking about it if you ask. It is easy to get to on public transport and a great stop to make if you are skating in Thailand. The park is covered and has shuttered doors so it is nice year around. We visited the park in November of 2017 and it was in great shape and free to enter.
- A lot of space so there is always something to skate. It’s definitely the biggest park in Southeast Asia as well as one of the bigger parks I’ve ever skated.
- Covered roof so the sun isn’t beating down on you and rain isn’t a problem
- Variety of obstacles and ramp sizes and different rail and box heights for different skill levels
- Smooth floor great for flat ground and clean run-ups and roll-aways
- Great solid rails and bars on all of the ramps. Different heights and angles make it so you can try just about any trick coming from any direction.
- Wood ramps are slow and age quickly in the humid Thai weather, which means splinters and holes form easily
- Wood ramps soak up speed like a sponge compared to concrete or Ramptech material
- The smooth concrete floor is great because there are no cracks and it makes landing tricks very smooth, however it is very dusty so it is SUPER slick. The screeching sound of wheels turning sideways can be heard left and right all day.
- There is a lot of space between some of the obstacles where perhaps there shouldn’t be. Tricks on the middle obstacles often require and extra push or two to keep your speed up.
- There is a lot of wax on everything. Probably to make up for the speed you lose pushing and rolling up on soft wood ramps. Great way to break your neck if you aren’t ready for it.
How to get to the Bangkok skatepark
The skatepark is part of the Hua Mak Sports Complex on Ramkhamhaeng Road, Hua Mak Subdistrict, Bang Kapi, Bangkok. It takes about 1 hour to get there by bus from Khaosan Road, where a lot of you will likely be staying. We took bus number 3 to a stop where bus number 99 picks up. You can also just walk to the bus stop for bus number 99. That bus will drop off right outside the sports complex in the university area. Don’t try and take a short cut through campus either, because there is an exterior wall for the stadium that wraps all the way around the complex. There is only the one entrance.