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Thailand: Taking a stroll in Lumphini Gardens, Bangkok

Date: 06 April 2015

Today was my last day in Bangkok. Being a short layover from my Japan trip, I still managed to go to the Maeklong Train Market and Amphawa Floating Market — two attractions I hadn’t been to before. I wondered what else to see before leaving Bangkok. And so I looked at the map and decided to head to Lumphini Gardens, Bangkok’s largest public park.

The easiest way to get to Lumpini park is to take a BTS to Sala Daeng Station and leave via Exit No.6.

But before entering the park, I stopped by Burger King to have lunch.

Burger King whopper meal Bangkok
Burger King doesn’t sell beef burgers back in India, so this would be my last before departing Bangkok
Lumpini park entrance Bangkok Thailand
After lunch, I walked across Rama IV Road to the memorial statue of King Rama VI.
Lumpini park map Bangkok Thailand
A map of Lumpini Park
Cycling in Lumpini park Bangkok
Lumphini is a multi-purpose park, popular for cycling, jogging or simply relaxing
Lumpini lake panorama Bangkok city
There is an artificial lake
Monitor lizard in Bangkok public park
Which has a surprising number of monitor lizards
Lumpini park monitor lizard Bangkok
Who all appear to be an attraction at the park
Monitor lizard approaching man Bangkok
Except when they get a little too close to humans… that freaks some of us out
Monitor lizard Lumphini gardens Bangkok
They are the second largest lizards only after the Komodo Dragon
Swan boats Lumpini park Bangkok
You can rent these pedal boats to go for rides across the lake
Lumpini park bridge Bangkok
I walked around some more
Lumpini park children play area
Lumpini park is a multi-purpose park, with sections for children…
Performance dome Lumpini park Bangkok
… amphitheatres for live performances
Lumpini park garden Bangkok
…and plenty of lawns to relax in the shade
Water sprinklers Lumpini park Bangkok
It was really hot today so I walked closer to the sprinklers
Lumpini gardens hearts Bangkok Thailand
I’m guessing this area is popular for wedding photography
Chinese Tower Lumpini gardens Bangkok
There is a Chinese pavilion
Lumpini park two way Bangkok
It was scorching hot and I found myself walking towards wherever it was wet
Cycle track Lumpini Park Bangkok Thailand
Or walking in the shade
Lumpini gardens BTS station Bangkok
But I was bored and decided to leave

Lumphini Gardens isn’t much of a tourist attraction but if you want to see some greenery away from Bangkok’s concrete city center, or if you want a quiet place to cycle or skateboard around, then this public garden is worth visiting. I took the subway and went to a mall just to kill time before I headed to the airport to catch my flight back to Bangalore.

Previous post from this series:

Thailand: Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram

 Thailand: Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram

Michael Jackson poking Mithun Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Thailand: Madame Tussauds, Asiatique and leaving Bangkok

Date: 27th November 2012

I left Siam Ocean World and walked to Siam Discovery. It was still raining, but I still made my way to the top of Siam Discovery, where Madame Tussauds was situated.

Madame Tussauds elevator Bangkok
This was inside the elevator up
Madame Tussauds Bangkok entrance
Madame Tussauds is on the 6th floor
MBK BTS track from Siam Discovery
Hello MBK
Madame Tussauds Bangkok king Thailand
Various photos of King Bhumibol lined the entrance
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You begin with the History zone of great leaders
Mahatma Gandhi Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Mahatma Gandhi is the very first wax figure
Chairman Mao Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Chairman Mao
Princess Diana Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The much beloved Princess Diana
Madame Tussauds Bangkok world leaders
You then have a selection of world leaders

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Thailand: Psy in Bangkok, Siam Ocean World

Date: 27th November 2012

The previous day (26th November) was spent… nowhere. When I woke up, it was raining heavily. I had breakfast from the hotel restaurant and then just stayed indoors for much of day, doing some work online. The plan for today was to go to Maeklong ‘Railway’ Market, but it was far out and given the weather conditions, there was no guarantee I would get there in time for me to see the trains pass through.

Today (27th November), the weather only got slightly better.

Magnum chocolate truffle
I had a Magnum for ‘breakfast’

I decided to have an early lunch and walked around the area heading towards Asoke BTS.

Shalimar Indian restuarant Bangkok
I ended up find this spot on Soi 11, choc full of restaurants and a few pubs

I ate at Shalimar Sharma’s (pictured above) simply because I had reached that stage when I missed Indian masala. It had a North Indian thali which cost ฿250. Feeling full, I then began my day by going to Siam Center.

Siam Center stage setup Bangkok
I had seen a huge billboard stating Psy would be appearing on stage here today
Psy press conference stage Bangkok
Even though I was officially sick of the song, I thought why not just get a glimpse of the guy in person at this press conference
Psy press conference Bangkok
Being a work day, there weren’t too many fans either. Mostly press, and tourists.
Gangnam Style dance Siam Paragon Bangkok
I heard way too much “Gangnam Style” in Thailand. Like, every-freaking-day!
Elephants Gangnam style dance
“Gangnam Style”-fever reached fever pitch in Thailand, they even made elephants do the dance
Gangnam Style Psy in Bangkok
Psy was finally in the building!
Psy in Bangkok
Before taking to the stage, Psy left a message for the King of Thailand, who was hospitalized
Bangkok passengers Siam BTS station
Even passengers waiting for the train were looking at what was going on

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