A scenic public park
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th November, 2020
A small riverine island that’s easily reached on foot from downtown Surat, Ko Lamphu is also a public park with a more scenic setting than most.
Just under a kilometre long and about half a kilometre across, the island is perfect for a morning or evening jog or an afternoon picnic. Motorised traffic is not allowed beyond the car park, and a walkway leads past several riverside pavilions where you can gaze back at the city. A host of tall trees keep much of the park shaded throughout the day.
In addition to the pavilions, picnic tables and benches, the park features a sizeable sports area where locals come to play badminton, street soccer, basketball and sepak takraw. There are also playgrounds for the kids. A small group of vendors sell grilled chicken, som tam, fresh fruit, Thai iced tea and other goodies along the entrance road.
To get here, walk across the downtown bridge that starts next to the City Pillar Shrine off Talad Mai Rd in Surat city. Take the first left after the bridge and after another few steps you’ll see the entrance on the left. From there you’ll walk past the food vendors and a bridge that accesses the park itself. You could also ask one of the longtail boat drivers at Bandon Pier to drop you here; we’d expect to pay 100-200 baht for a one-way ride.
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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