The Best Park In Bangkok

I often feel that I should open up more in these posts, share with you the ‘real’ me, so I’m going to share something very personal – I like going for walks…There, I’ve said it, the cats out the bag. As a side-note, why do we even say ‘the cats out of the bag’? Hang on…I’ll Google it…wait there…here is a photo that I took in the best park in Bangkok recently for you to look at while I’m gone…

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A View Of Lumphini Park

Hi, well I’ve done a bit of research. According to ‘Phrase Thesaurus,’ the origin of the ‘cats out of the bag’ saying is…inconclusive… The first known written record of it appeared in a 1760 book review in which the reviewer was scolding the writer of the book that was being reviewed, for giving a vital twist early. I could go on and write about this further, but it’s got little to do with the best park in Bangkok.

Park Life

Today I want to tell you about my walks around Bangkok. Well not all of them as that would probably be a novel and not a blog and let’s be honest, we’ve all got more important things to be doing than reading a story about a man sweating a lot while walking around Bangkok, (or have we?)

The particular walk I go on regularly is the one that encompasses a major park in Bangkok called Lumpini Park which in my view is the best park in Bangkok. I may have mentioned that already, but it’s worth reiterating.

The History Bit

Here comes the info for all of you learned types out there – The park was created in 1920 by King Rama VI. A statue of the king stands at the southwest entrance to the park. It was named after Lumbini, who was a buddha, born in Nepal. Got it? Ok, let’s move on. I keep getting sidetracked by research and facts when all I want to do is tell you about my love for this park. I’ve lost my train of thought now…I’ll check my notes and get back to you, in the meantime here’s another photo of the park.

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The Thai’s Have Found A Novel Way To Water The Plants – (Suck it out of the lake)

I’ve checked my notes and remembered that I don’t have any notes so I’ll have to wing it…’wing it’ is an exciting saying isn’t it? I wonder…no, focus on the blog…it’s quite interesting though…it must be an old saying. Wait there; I’m just going to find out…here’s another photo from the incredibly relaxing Lumpini Park, to look at while I’m gone…

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Relaaaaaaax for goodness sake!!

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary the term ‘wing it’ comes from theatre slang, meaning to play a role in a play without adequately knowing the text and therefore relying on a prompter who stood in the wing…fascinating stuff!

Anyway

So, back to my real reason for writing today, my lovely walks around Lumphini Park. Groups of people practising Tai Chi, gangs of older men talking and playing chess underneath the shade. Joggers and cyclists are performing laps. Basketball games, children on swings, while all the while the park wardens cut and clean the ever-growing grass.

I know there are plenty of other places to walk in Thailand, jungles and forests, along white sandy beaches. They are possibly more exciting, and I will admit that a walk around Lumphini is hardly a walk on the wild side………Take a look at this, I’ll be back in a second.

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The Perfect Place To Get Lost In Your Thoughts In A Hectic City

I can’t find much about the expression ‘Walk on the wild side’…sorry, a bit of a let down that. The only thing I found is that it’s an expression to describe doing so-called ‘naughty’ things, i.e. drugs, having extra-marital affairs and other bad things. But there are no bad things on this blog, just an excellent wholesome blog about how much I love walking around Lumpini Park.

I first discovered the park on my third visit to Thailand while I was staying in a hotel about 10 minutes walk away. The hotel I was staying in was excellent and if you are looking for recommendations (something I should do on this blog) the hotel’s name was…was…it’s in here somewhere…’ Hotel…

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It’s Not Just The Usual Nature Views You Get At Lumphini But The Daily Routines Of The People That Work In It That I Love.

HOTEL URBANA! That was killing me! I knew I knew it but I just had to check.

Anyway, I’m sorry that this blog isn’t going to plan and thanks for sticking with it. Maybe I’m not focused today, so I’ll just put more photographs up and let them do the talking after all a picture is worth a thousand words….I’ve got to check that one! Look at this while I’m gone…

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The Wildlife Is Much Better Than A Few Ducks!

Well, a lot of people are saying Confucius uttered it. But the earliest use of the phrase appeared in an advertisement for a newspaper in America in 1918…how depressing. I’ve nothing against America, but it’s from an advert?! I thought it would be something profound and you would be impressed with me and tell all of your friends about that fascinating man whose blog you follow and they would start blogging so that they can follow me and I would become a world-famous blogger and make millions of pounds…

…Oh well, here are some photos of a beautiful park. If you find yourself in Bangkok and need of a quiet wander while surrounded by greenery, you could do a lot worse than an hour in Lumpini Park.

I’m going to lay down for a bit…

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Lumphini Park…lovely.
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Lumphini Park…Nice
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Lumphini Park…wow

If you want to escape the noise and fancy something a little more intimate you could try The Most Unusual Temple In Bangkok

11 Comments Add yours

  1. DoMoreBeMore says:

    I love how some busy cities have beautiful big parks. Would love to explore the one in NYC one day. I’m pretty impressed by the size of the “ducks” you have around the lake tho – that’s one big gob!! (Hmmm I wonder if there’s an actual duck in there??!!) I used to have this really cool book called something like “Origins” – it was a reference book that explained how sayings came about. I’d lend it to you but it’s way more fun watching you disappear and reappear 😉

    1. Haha, if I had that book I’d probably never write this blog at all! Glad you liked it though. I’ve just read your deserted island post and loved it. Wow, what a thing to experience as a nice year old 😮

      1. DoMoreBeMore says:

        It was an amazing experience for a tomboy! My sister is a girly-girl … pretty sure she didn’t have as much fun LOL

  2. Great pictures of the park and info on phrase origins, but what the heck is that creature in the 4th picture from the bottom???? I’ll wait here while you look that up and get back to me, even though there are no more pictures of parks to distract me. I know, I’ll make another coffee…I’m back. Where’s the info on that creature dammit?!?!

    1. Sorry of your coffee has gone cold! They’re called Monitor Lizards and they pretty much have the freedom of the park! Some of them are huge! But don’t worry, they’re pretty slow on land so I’m always able to run away!

  3. A truly lovely park. And some wonderful photos… but once again you’ve missed the most important part. Swan boats? They have swan boats!!!

    1. Yes, they do! But they’re not real swans, I’m sorry. I did try and ride on a real swan once but I can’t talk about that for legal reasons

      1. False swanning? What’s the world coming to…?

  4. It’s one of my favorite parks, too. 🌲 Well done on the blog. It was funnyyyy and informative. 😄

  5. You’ve picked up your photo game. Much better than stock pictures lol

    1. Oi I’ve only used stock photos in 3 posts cheeky 😄

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