Spice it up

Get off the well-trod­den trails in the Thai cap­i­tal

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia - MICHELLE ROWE

This 58ha oa­sis sits in­con­gru­ously amid the sky­scrapers and 24-hour traf­fic of Bangkok’s cen­tral busi­ness district. Early in the morn­ing — be­fore the heat of the day — is the best time to walk or jog its 2.5km of me­an­der­ing path­ways. Join in a tai chi ses­sion on the grass, hit the well-main­tained ex­er­cise equip­ment or stop to watch a huge mon­i­tor lizard slide into the murky depths of the park’s snaking canals. A group of 60-some­things prac­tises ball­room danc­ing in the oc­tag­o­nal pavil­ion at the park’s heart as I pass on my way to break­fast at one of the great-value street food stalls that line its perime­ter. North of Rama IV Road, be­tween Ratchadamri and Wit­thayu roads.

1 If there is a bet­ter pro­duce mar­ket in the world than Or Tor Kor, I’ll eat my sun hat.

RUEN-NUAD MAS­SAGE STU­DIO

OR TOR KOR MAR­KET

LUMPINI PARK

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