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sunrise on lake at Lumphini Park

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Lumphini Park, Bangkok

Bangkok is a city of traffic gridlock and unending urban landscapes. Its temples, museums, shopping and unique culture draw a steady flow of tourists. This city can be overwhelming, however, so Lumphini Park (sometimes called Lumpini Park) is a welcome addition to anyone's itinerary. This 145-acre greenspace offers uninterrupted views of the skyline. Visitors can enjoy lounging on the lawns near the lake (and perhaps feeding the frenzied fish that call the water home) and wandering the nearly two miles of paths that circle the park, as well as playgrounds, exercise equipment and cultural attractions. For some, a ban on smoking and pets make a visit to Lumphini an even more pleasant experience. The park is centrally located near one of Bangkok's main shopping districts, so it's possible to duck in for a few breaths of fresh air.