A little peace and tranquillity in Bangkok
So you have overdone it on the shopping, and you have seen enough temples to last you for a week and the heat and general chaotic everyday life of Bangkok has got you, you might appreciate knowing there is peace and tranquillity in this busy city, you just have to know where to find it.
Though Bangkok has plenty to keep you entertained you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and if you have been there before you will understand the importance of having some time out. But where could you find a chill out spot in Bangkok?
Suan Rot Fai is the answer, which literally translates as Train Park. It goes by this name as it was once an area where train workers relaxed and played golf. Nowadays it is a place where young couples and families come to relax. As you might imagine you will find an expansive area of grass with trees and a couple of small lakes.
What you might not expect to find is a butterfly sanctuary and some other unusual inhabitants. These inhabitants being large monitor lizards and turtles which can be found lurking by the side and within the lakes. If you perch yourself on one of the benches near to the water and sit still for long enough, you are bound to see at least one lizard snaking through the water or basking on the bank sooner or later. They are pretty common in this area, so if you like this type of thing you won’t leave disappointed.
By visiting this park during a weekday you can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the park under the trees, and with relatively few other people around it makes the humdrum of Bangkok life seem like a far cry away. Alternatively you can hire a bike for as little as 20 Baht from the far side of the park and take a leisurely ride around the on the pavement. You needn’t worry too much about the heat as the park is relatively flat and little energy is needed to pedal around, and while you cycle the breeze and the shade from the trees will cool you down. However it is best to choose a time when the sun is not at its peak and visit early in the morning or late afternoon.
What else makes this park a perfect location to chill out is its location. Situated next to Chatuchak weekend market the park can be accessed by both the sky train and the underground. Therefore if you are centrally located in Bangkok near the business district you can catch the sky train to Mo Chit or underground to Chatuchak and walk a short distance to the park.
So next time you are in Bangkok and have had your fill of sightseeing and shopping you can think about Suan Rod Fai where you can find a little peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://184.108.40.206/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/android-chris.png[/author_image] [author_info]This guest post was written by Chris Walker who also writes Travel Guides and keeps a personal blog over at MyTravelLogs