Dotted throughout Bangkok are several parks. Sitting under a shady tree, watching the squirrels, feeding the ducks or just enjoying a little time out of the bustle can be most refreshing.
Bangkok’s largest park, Lumpini is named after the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal. The large artificial lake in the centre of the park gives a cooling effect, the surrounding trees give ample shade and the walkways are well-kept. Snack shops and refreshment stalls are available and toilets are to be found in several locations throughout the park.
In the early morning, groups gather to practice the Tai chi, the slow, graceful and yet invigorating movements of Tai Chi while joggers pound the 4kms (2.5 mi) of paved walkways. If you are feeling energetic, hire a paddle boat or find the weight-lifting corner for a little exercise of your own.
Lumpini Park is bordered by Sarasin Road, Wireless Road, Rama IV Road and Rajdamri Road. There are entrance gates on all sides and entrance is free.
Official site: https://www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/Lumpini-Park–108
Phone: +66 2 252 7006
Address: Thanon Rama IV, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Rama IX Royal Park also known as Suan Luang Gardens
Located on Si Nakharin Road, this park commemorates His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday in 1987. Covering 200 acres it includes extensive botanical gardens and a water park and has developed into a significant horticultural research centre. In the centre of the park there is a display of the life and works of King Bumibhol
Address: ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติรัชกาลที่ 9 Suan Luang, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
Open ⋅ Closes 7PM
Phone: +66 2 328 1385
Located on Mahachai Road, this park was originally a detention area, and still maintains some of the original infrastructure like the watchtower. One building constructed during the reign of King Rama V is now a penal museum and includes a shop which sells products made by prisoners.
Address: Siriphong Road city Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Official Site: http://minpininteraction.com/bkk_static/park05.asp
North of the city on the Phahonyothin Road and Viphavadi Rangsit Highway junction at Lard Prao, Chatuchak Park offers 4kms (2.5 mi) of pathway.for joggers and power walking (or simple meandering). Spacious, green and airy with lots of lawn area it is a good place to gather strength before plunging into the frentic Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Official site: https://www.chatuchakmarket.org/chatuchak-park/