Lumphini Park is a 57.5 hectare recreational park situated between Chitlom and Silom. Similar to the famous Central Park in New York City, this park is an oasis in the city's downtown area, surrounded by skyscrapers.
With its rich flora and artificial lake, Lumphini park is a pleasant contrast to the city's noise, chaos and traffic.
You can come here to sit or lay down near the lake, bring your own food and eat, or relax at the midle of the lake on a pedalboat.
For those who seek sports activities, there is a running track that goes around the park (2.5 km). People can store their belongings in a locker and use the showers (15 THB). Also, there are tennis courts, a swimming pool and gyms (two open air and one indoor gym). Several playgrounds make this park also a popular spot for kids.
This park is very popular among locals who usually come after office hours to relieve stress. From 5-6 PM there is public aerobic with music and a coach. It's free and everybody is welcome to join. Expect to see hundreds of people moving synchronously to the music, which can be a very interesting experience.
Furthermore, there is a dancing hall and Bangkok's first library. Occasionally, the park hosts cultural events like an orchestra concert or food markets.
Another highlight are the Water Monitors, a species of dragons that you an observe here. Unlike the famous Comodo Dragons, those species avoid people and are less dangerous. They can reach 2 m in length and stay usually near the shore.
Location: 139/4 Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok
How to get there: Lumphini Park is in Bangkok's downtown area and can be easily reached by BTS Skytrain and MRT: BTS station Sala Daeng (400m), MRT station Silom (250m), MRT station Lumphini (250m)
Opening Hours: 4:30 AM - 9 PM
Entrance Fee: Free of charge