Lumpini Park

The lungs of the city

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What we say: 4 stars

Established in the 1920s by King Rama VI, this large green square in the heart of the city is among the world's best centrally located urban parks.

An imposing statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) greets those entering through the park's main western gates near Silom Road. He's credited with effectively modernising Thailand, so it's fitting that Lumpini is truly a common ground in Bangkok -- expect to hear a variety of languages spoken and see every skin colour imaginable.

The park encompasses some 360 rai (142 acres) of land, with two fairly large artificial lakes encircled by paved footpaths, bridges and expansive stretches of spongy grass shaded by no shortage of low-hanging trees.

A new state-of-the-art fitness centre with a laps pool and tennis court is open to those who pay 40 baht and bring a copy of a passport for a year-long membership, and you can hire paddleboats for gliding around one of the lakes for 30 baht per person -- just watch out for the monitor lizards.

Free early evening activities include group fitness dancing and relatively competitive full court basketball. At all hours, two outdoor weightlifting gyms are open to the public, but many choose to feed the fish, have a picnic, jog laps around the park, or enjoy the occasional concerts that are held at a central performance stage. A few drink/snack stands are scattered throughout the park and an array of street vendors set up every evening just pat the park's western gates along Ratchadamri Road.

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Hemmed in by Rama 4, Ratchadamri, Sarasin and Witthayu Roads
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00-20:00
How to get there: Sala Daeng BTS station, Lumpini MRT station and Silom MRT station are all less than a minute's walk from the park.
Last updated: 6th November, 2012

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