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Lumphini Park is where tourists and locals come to relax on the lawns and get a break from the busy Bangkok traffic. See the locals practice tai chi and play on the grass or take in a free concert.
King Rama VI acknowledged the need for a green public space in the 1920s. He dedicated 142 acres (57 hectares) of royal land to a park in what is now the central business district of Sathon. He named it after the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.
If you come from Bangkok’s city center, with its concrete buildings, busy streets, bustling temples and cacophony of sounds, the “Lung of Bangkok” really feels like a place where you can breathe deeply. With its palm groves, orchids and an artificial lake, Lumphini Park offers many sights to help you recharge.
Arrive just after dawn, however, and you’ll find the park is a hive of activity, with joggers, locals practicing their tai chi, yoga and sword dancing on the lawns. If you feel like working up a sweat, there is an outdoor gym. Just before sunset, you can join a free open-air aerobics class. Just remember that at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the entire park comes to a standstill to listen to the national anthem as it plays from loudspeakers.
When you have worked up an appetite, head to the stalls near the Rama VI statue at the southwest entrance. You can order pad thai (thick noodles) or a jim joom (hot pot), among other Thai food. The weekend fresh market offers even more treats. Keep an eye out for the giant monitor lizards that patrol the grounds, but don’t be tempted to feed them. This is not allowed because they can attack.
Lumphini Park is public but closes during the night. Two metro stops, Lumphini and Si Lom, are within easy walking distance. Note that the park is a non-smoking zone. If you like classical music, check the schedule of the seasonal Concert in the Park series to see if you can catch a performance on a Sunday afternoon.
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and Iconsiam are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sam Yan Station is 12 minutes by foot and Hua Lamphong Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Lumphini Park and Chulalongkorn Hospital. Patpong Night Market and BNH Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km). Lumphini Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lumpini Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Benjakiti Park, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Erawan Shrine and Queen Sirikit National Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Nana BTS Station is 6 minutes by foot and Asoke BTS Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Embassy and Lumphini Park. MBK Center and Jim Thompson House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chit Lom BTS Station is 6 minutes by foot and Ploenchit BTS Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square and Central Embassy. Erawan Shrine and Gaysorn Plaza are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ploenchit BTS Station is 10 minutes by foot and Nana BTS Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Sathorn, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Embassy of Germany and Lumphini Park. Patpong Night Market and BNH Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km). Lumpini Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lumphini Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Benjakiti Park, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Queen Sirikit National Convention Center and Erawan Shrine are also within 2 mi (3 km). Asoke BTS Station is 8 minutes by foot and Nana BTS Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lumphini Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Wat Pho and Grand Palace. Khaosan Road and Wat Arun are also within 9 mi (15 km). Nana BTS Station is only a 2-minute walk and Asoke BTS Station is 8 minutes.