Bangkok’s Lumphini Park pop­u­lar for all types of walk­ers

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Lumphini Park, sit­u­ated in the heart of Bangkok, op­po­site the Dusit Thani Hotel on Silom, it’s a green space in the over crowded CBD that at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors ev­ery day. It’ s a mag­net for all ages to walk; ex­er­cise, con­va­lesce, eat or meet friends. For many it’s a beau­ti­ful space to just sit and watch the world. Be­ing out­doors, away from traf­fic, sur­rounded by na­ture is it’s draw. It’s Bangkok’s Hyde Park or Cen­tral Park, with an Asian twist. Bud­dhist monks sit with wor­ship­pers in a make shift out­door W at (tem­ple). A group of el­derly prac­tice the an­cient art of Tai Chi the an­cient mar­tial art form from China, with giant fans as their swords. Around the cor­ner a huge out­door food court. In the morn­ings its big­gest sell­ing item is con­gee (boiled rice) sim­i­lar in con­sis­tency to por­ridge. No honey or fruit in this dish. It’s ac­com­pa­nied with scal­lions, gin­ger or chilli flakes and of course a lib­eral dash of fish sauce. Walk­ing a lap around the park is 2.52km.

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