Jun 5, 2012

Lumpini Park Is Bangkok’s Answer To “Central Park”

Not as renowned as Sanam Luang nor as massive as Suan Luang, Lumpini Park flys under the radar as Bangkok’s cleanest, most charming and accessible park. Lumpini (Lumphini Park or Lumpinee Park) is a 57 hectare park in central Bangkok. The park was named after Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal. At the time that the park was created, it was located on the outskirts of Bangkok, on royal property. Today, the park is in the center of the city, and is a central location for urban joggers, Tai Chi practitioners, concert-goers, and those just looking for a break from the noise of the city.

Pristine Grounds & A Welcome Escape

Lumpini Park

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The beauty of Lumpini Park is that it’s a clean, open-air public space. Not too unlike New York City’s Central Park, Lumpini is a welcome respite from the busy metropolis. The city goes out of its way to protect the beauty of the park, as janitorial staff work tirelessly to keep the park clean and orderly.

Limpini Park Image

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There is no smoking at the park, no dogs are allowed within the park, and giant barbed fences work to keep the homeless out of the park at night. While there are a few vendors, they mostly stay out of the way out of the park’s visitors. Bicycles are only allowed in the park from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

A Great Run!

Lumpini Park Photo

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Run In Lumpini Park Photo

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Locals, ex-pats, and tourists fill the park on busy weekend days, and on any given morning, you’ll see groups of Tai Chi practitioners, as well as crowds of groups performing aerobics. For exercise fiends, the most alluring part of the park is its roughly 2.5 kilometer running/walking circle. While not the most challenging, Lumpini Park is probably the most accessible running circuit in the city. A basketball court, numerous playgrounds, and an outdoor gym keep locals and ex-pats coming back day after day.

People Watch…Or Lizard Watch

Lumpini Park Sunset Photo

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Lumpini Park’s two artificial lakes are stocked with paddle boats that are available for rent. The lakes serve as home to the park’s largest inhabitants, monitor lizards. Keep your eyes peeled near the water, and you may catch a glimpse of one (or more) of the park’s monitor lizards. There must be hundreds of these lizards in the park, and while they’re almost harmless to humans, they’re a whole lot of fun to watch.

Lizard in Lumpini Park

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Avoid The Perimeter, Except For Food

Food in Lumpini Park

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On a busy day, the perimeter of the park can become very busy with foot traffic. If you’ve got the time, walk across the park, not around the park. The park usually sees its highest amount of foot traffic on weekends, and during evenings. If food is what you’re after, the food stalls along the perimeter of the park offer great street food all day. The action around the perimeter of the park picks up in the evening, and there are some fantastic dishes served up for great prices along the street.

Pair With An Evening Trip To Suan Lum Night Bazaar

Lumpini Park at Night

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If you’re in town for more than a couple nights, make sure to walk through Lumpini Park one evening. It’s a welcome escape from the traffic jams, street noise, and commotion that this city provides so much of. Stroll through the park on a Friday or Saturday evening before exploring the famous Suan Lum Night Bazaar.

The park is free to enter and is open from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday. The park is a just a short walk to both the Lumpini and Silom underground MRT stations. Enter the park through the main entrance at Silom, behind the Rama VI statue.

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