Time to relax
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th April, 2021
Stretching in the oldest part of Khon Kaen and drawing plenty of exercisers when it’s not too hot, Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake provides some welcome peace and quiet in a busy city. The lake spans nearly 100 hectares of calm water, almost entirely surrounded by tree-lined parks, restaurants, shrines and a few important temples.
Several temples sprung up around the lake back in those early days, the most famous being Wat Nong Waeng thanks to its impressive nine-floor structure topped by a prasat spire. Nearby Wat Phra That Aram Luang adds its own towering chedi, while Wat Pho Non Than to the northeast is known for its quirky reliefs depicting dinosaurs, Isaan proverbs and scenes from Buddhist hell. The former two wats combine for a good view from the eastern bank, especially around sunset.
A colourful shrine to a local spirit, Chao Mae Song Nang, overlooks the southern bank, and a large Chinese shrine punctuated by picturesque gardens and footbridges stands to the northeast. With plenty of benches and trees joining the religious sites, Bueng Kaen Nakhon reminds us of another Southeast Asian urban body of water: Hanoi’s West Lake.
Every afternoon around 17:00, city dwellers come out to jog around the outer walkway; shoot hoops at a full basketball court; practice tricks at a small skate park; or have fun at the playgrounds and dinosaur statues peppered amid the park’s largest section on the west bank. Abundant trees make this a fine spot for a picnic ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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