One of the largest parks in central Bangkok, Lumphini is situated on Rama IV Road next to the commercial district that is within the vicinity of Silom and Sathorn Roads.
One of the reasons I particularly love this park is that it has something for everyone, especially for families with young kids. Each time I take my daughter to spend some time there, we take two to three hours enjoying the best that nature has to offer in the middle of the city. Running under the trees, eating on the grass, feeding the birds and fish, exploring nature and enjoying the playground are all different activities that a young child can appreciate – all the while staying away from the television, computer and smartphone screens!
With its large lake, different pathways, and beautiful scenery, the park appeals to romantic couples, nature lovers who are simply looking for a quiet afternoon spent in natural surroundings, and sport enthusiasts alike. Different sorts of outdoor physical exercise, including jogging, biking, ballroom dancing, tai chi, and aerobics, are available at the park, not forgetting the various fitness options and open air gyms.
The park offers an amazing view of the lake in the centre of the park, as well as a view of the city’s skyscrapers surrounding the park.
Feeding the birds can be done at different locations in the park. Basically, as soon as you throw some bread on the ground, the birds will appear … and as soon as you run out of bread, they will magically disappear. So if you want to keep those birds around you, the secret is to keep feeding them!
Feeding the fish can also be done at different locations, but I found it to be more suitable on the bridges, especially with young enthusiastic kids!
You can’t visit Lumphini without having at least one encounter with the giant lizards/crocodiles (not sure what kind of animal this was). They are pretty harmless and can be found around the lake. On my first encounter with these animals, I saw a couple of them fighting for a fish a few meters away from the rest of the crowd.
The park offers different running, jogging and biking paths to suit all tastes.
Some benches are also available for sitting (if sitting on the grass is not your thing), and enjoying a meal in natural surroundings. A little note though: although you can find different food vendors in the park, if you really want to enjoy a quick meal with the kids, I would recommend that you pack one at home to ensure that you have all of the essentials.
And the best of all, the children’s playground can keep the little ones busy for a while!
Location: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan
MRT: Silom, Lumphini
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