Even in the middle of the sprawling concrete jungle that is Bangkok one can find respite from the daily grind in the relaxing environs of Lumphini park. The 57.6 hectare park was originally created on what was then the outskirts of Bangkok in the 1920’s by King Rama VI. In 1925, His Majesty declared the park a public space and this green oasis in the modern day heart of Bangkok has played host to innumerable people since then, all trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Open from 430am until 9pm, you can hire a bike to explore the park (officially only between 10-3pm) or join one of the early morning tai chi classes if jogging or kickboxing is not your cup of tea. That’s not to say it is only open to those wanting to exercise. It is also home to an artificial lake where you can hire boats as well as a childrens playground and there are countless food stalls around the perimeter should you just fancy a bite to eat.