Lumpini Park is the biggest park in the central business district and is a favourite amongst office workers for early morning jogging and early evening aerobics (an instructor leads an aerobics session every evening around 17:00-17:30). The park is also popular with ethnic Chinese who practice ‘Tai Chi’ – a curious slow motion exercise derived from the martial arts. The park has a huge central lake with paddle boats and is sometimes the venue for musical performances. A trip to the park can be combined with a visit to the statue of King Chulalongkorn as well as a trip to the Lumpini Night Bazaar. You can also purchase snake blood and bile from vendors in the park – highly regarded as health tonics amongst ethnic Chinese.
Details: The park is open daily from 05:00 to 20:00. Admission to the park is free.
How to get there: Lumpini Park has entrances on Rama IV Road, Ratchadamri Road and Witthayu (Wireless) Road and is within easy walk of Silom Road. The nearest BTS station is Saladang and the nearest MRT Silom/Lumpini. MRT is probably the easiest way to get there. A taxi fare from the centre should cost around 40 Baht.
The following buses will get you there:
Air-conditioned bus: 4, 547
Bus number: 14, 17, 46, 47, 50, 115