A holiday in Bangkok does not always mean that you spend the entire day shopping (although you can) or lounging round the hotel pool sipping a cocktail (although you could).
The Langsuan Area in Bangkok – including Lumpini Park just around the corner does provide a number of opportunities for you to stay healthy on your holiday.
Go for a Run
Lumpini Park covers 58 hectares in the centre of the city – offering a number of pathways for you to choose from. The most popular route is that around the edge and is approximate 2.5 kilometres.
Practise Tai Chi
If performing a series of movements in a slow and controlled manner is what you are looking for then every morning there are groups of people who practising this.
Visit in the early evening for the biggest group – sometimes up to one hundred –who practise this high intensity routine at the entrance to the park from Rama IV.
Visit a gym
In the park there is an area which provides basic equipment for you to use but it is rather shift and is predominantly male. The cost to join is 50 Baht
This is similar to the grace seen in the Tai Chi but is even more elegant. The movements represent beauty, grace and delicacy – originally it was to preserve the Chinese Culture but is more commonly used as a simple workout.
There are many styles of Yoga practised but they all indicate similar holistic benefits. Take your pick from a number of places offering this.
With the plethora of roadside vendors and the tempting smells coming from them this is not always easy. However there are always a number of vendors selling a more healthy alternative – from the freshly pressed fruits to prepared salads.
This is Thailand’s national sport and it is certainly not one for the faint-hearted – it utilises the whole body as weapon and it is martial art which ultimately comes with control.
A bicycle ride
This is a growing activity for more and more people throughout Thailand but going on your bicycle through the traffic in Bangkok is certainly not for everyone. Nevertheless through the park it can be quite lovely.
Go for a swim
This is an activity which might be more difficult to find but if you are staying with us at Cape House Serviced Apartments there is a pool on the 16th floor – before your cocktail perhaps?
For a full version of this article please read Cape and Kantary – Issue 17 - http://www.capekantaryhotels.com/ckmagazine/Issue17/index.html