Gilded shrines and temples, scrumptious local street food and waterways that weave in and out, create a backdrop for this city’s modern day high rises and 5 star hotels. In Bangkok,there is a distinctly vibrant atmosphere that attracts more visitors each year than any other city in the world. The sprawling metropolis is one of Asia’s busiest cities. Whether it is business or leisure that brings you here, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, located beside the legendary Chao Phraya River, promises an unforgettably luxurious experience.
The city can seem very busy and at times overwhelming, Lumphini Park offers a welcome slice of tranquility. The urban park came into existence in the 1920s and was initially intended to serve as an exhibition venue for Thai crafts and flower displays. It is spans over half a million square metres and is named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal. There is an array of plants including a few rare indigenous species. Monitor lizards, birds and a few other creatures have also taken up residence within the park.
Locals often visit to get some fresh air and enjoy the big shady trees. You will encounter people of all ages and lifestyles here: elderly citizens engrossed in tai chi routines, young couples perched on the banks of the park’s lake, families enjoying rowing or paddle boating on the water and joggers and cyclists using the paved paths to stay fit. You can even try your hand at fencing, ballroom dancing or if you prefer a quieter option, look for a sheltered niche to read a book or meditate. The park also boasts a basketball court, free aerobics lessons in the open-air and Sunday afternoon entertainment in the form of music. A weekend fresh market sells fresh produce as well as prepared food. There are also food vendors outside the park hawking traditional treats.
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