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Published May 2nd 2016
Hide away from the heat, in the centre of the city
Lumphini Park is one of Bangkok's largest but it's full of activities and is busy at most times of the day. It's easily accessed from the Saladaeng BTS station or Lumphini or Silom MRT stations. For many people, the primary focus is fitness with a 2.56k path forming the circuit for a large number of runners and walkers through out the day. The track can get very busy in the evening, but not as busy in the morning and during the day. Throughout the year there are many fun runs and charity events in the park.
In the morning you'll come across groups of boot campers putting themselves through hell, and more placid groups of people taking Tai Chi and Yoga classes. In the morning and evening (6pm) you can join large groups taking aerobics classes in cute if rather regimented fashion. This takes part in many open places in Thailand every evening.
There are lots of green open spaces for a picnic, but these can be very busy on weekends and public holidays, and generally there are plenty of places to get a nice cooling drink or something to eat.
Other events and activities include paddle boats, bird watching and on Sundays you might get the chance to see the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra performing their summer sessions. One of the big advantages of Lumphini is easy access. If you're visiting, live or work in the centre of Bangkok the park can be a great place to meet a friend or take break from the chaos for lunch or a breath of fresh(ish) air.