Bueng Kkaen Nakhon Lake

Time to relax

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What we say: 4 stars

This large, grassy-banked lake is lower key than you might expect, though things liven up a bit with the opening of the lakeside market in late afternoon, which also has several food stalls around into the evening.

Still, a stroll around the calm waters makes for a nice escape from the traffic of the city's streets, and the benches dotted along its perimeter are an inviting place to sit and take in the peace and quiet. Follow the example of the clued-up locals, who bring a bite to eat or simply come for a snooze in the shade of the tall, thick trees. The lake's banks also afford views of some pretty temples poking through the treetops. The walk around the lake is a pleasant one, but it does take a while - if you are after something a little less exhausting, there are slightly rusty looking bikes for hire for 20B per hour, not long after the entrance from Kasikorn Samran Road, as well as by the lakeside market itself.

It is a fair trek down to the lake from most of the accommodation on and around Klangmuang Road, so hop on a light blue number 8 songthaew, which plies the road and also runs down to Wat Nong Wang, all for a flat fare of 8B. Get off at the 7/11 on the corner of Kasikorn Samran Road, down which it is just a short walk until you find yourself at one of the many entrances to the circular path around the lake. You are not meant to be able to ride motorbikes in here — but of course, everybody does.

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