Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A Bangkok oasis

Bangkok is often criticised for its lack of green space, fairly so. It has one of the lowest ratios of green space per person of any major city in the world. Plans are afoot to change all of that, the current governor has said that he plans to create five more public terms during his term. I don’t know when or where this is going to happen, I haven’t seen any specific plans.

But in the meantime, there are still a handful of parks around the city you can enjoy. The most visited and centrally located is Lumpini Park, which is a great facility for sure. But, personally I prefer Chatuchak Park (sp. Jatujak Park) which is further north in the city, adjacent to the Weekend Market. It is generally a lot quieter than Lumpini and seems to be better looked after. It’s a great way to relax after a stint of shopping in the market and has some beautiful plant life and the odd monitor lizard!

If you’re visiting that neck of the woods, this park, often overlooked, is well worth a visit.

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