Who knew there is a bloody great park in the middle of Bangkok? I’ve recently discovered Lumpini! Having ventured out in the daytime for a little stroll and taking a big swan boat thingy around the pond, I thought I’d join the active people of Bangkok and go for a little jog in the morning.
The last time I was in the streets at 6am was when I was heading out of a club with some kind of monster or walking along with pmmp, frantically calling some of the numbers on his phone – trying to drum up some action. Being too drunk to care that I was about to melt in the morning sun and that I smelled worse that an Arabs armpit.
So – 6am this morning, I woke Miss Tim with a gentle dig in the ribs. ‘Get up you lazy cow’.
This has been our plan for a while now. Each morning I’ll suggest we head to the park, and each morning we’ve come up with an excuse to stay in bed, for another 6 hours. To be honest, it’s not hard to think of an excuse to stay in bed with Miss Tim. Anyway, as Miss Tim had just allowed me to buy her some new Nike Airmax, she was keen to get out and use them
By 06:40 we were at Lumpini park, thanks to my little gay scooter. I was amazed at how many people were in the park. Many had been there for what looked like hours.
We set off for a brisk walk round the park 1st to warm up. I must say I found this very relaxing. Many, many Thai-Chinese people out doing yoga and some kind of dance waving swords n shit around. Most folk in the park were old duffers. There was something quite peaceful and gracious about the place. It felt like we were a thousand miles away from the city. For those of you that frequent Central Park in NYC, you’ll know what I mean.
We walked past the little Prison gym which wasn’t at all busy, then past all the little public exercise devices that are scattered around. All of them were in use.
What struck me is the lack of farangs that were there. Sure, there were the ultra-fit people circling us at an alarming rate, but all in all, the old duffers were out in droves and put us to shame.
After 1 lap, we picked it up a bit and jogged round for a lap. We stayed together incase one of us keeled over – then the other could take any valuables and then trow the dead body into the pond for the wildlife to eat. After a lap of jogging, we then walked another lap. Very relaxing, very peaceful, very satisfying.
By 07:30 the sun was breaking through the trees and it was starting to hurt my eyes. Head back to HQ for a bit of breakfast and yoghurt. Don’t want to over do it, as we want to continue this each/most days.
Of course, as soon as we got home, Miss Tim reminded me that we’d only had 5 hours sleep so far and was heading back to bed. I swear she was asleep before her head hit the pillow. It’s like she’d paid for sleep and she was damn sure to get her monies worth.
* Update* We’ve since been told about a footpath that stretches from soi 10 to Wireless Road. It’s empty and takes only 15 mins to get from Mango HQ to the Park.
The walkway is not accessible from soi 4 (although it does pass over it at the bottom of the soi) so we walk along the road by the expressway and join it at the bridge. The little road next to the expressway also has a good decent foot/cycle path.
Was at the park at 06:30 this morning. I don’t recommend Sunday mornings! Way too busy.