I believe that many people who live in the big city of Bangkok like me want to live a peaceful life surrounded by nature. The truth is it is really hard to find ‘peace’ when we are always on the go. Our active lives always give us stress. That is why we try to find ways to relax or rejuvenate ourselves whenever we can.

Some people go to the gym to de-stress. Some go out for a party with friends while some go for shopping therapy or spa. People have their own way for recreational activities.
Lumpini Park, an oasis in the heart of Bangkok City

Lumpini Park, an oasis in the heart of Bangkok City

However, I think the cheapest way to clear one’s mind after a long working day is to have a walk in a public park. It is helpful to turn off your computer, clear you desk and go out for a walk in one of the public parks. If you happen to work in Silom, Sathon and Rachadamri areas, it’s worth going to Lumpini Park. Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by Bangkok’s central commercial districts, Lumpini Park has offered some respite for young and old Bangkok residents since the 1920s. It is easily accessible by both the Sky Train and the MRT subway.

Lumpini Park Lung of city

The park is open every day from 5 a.m to 9 pm. That means you can go jogging in the morning or join a public aerobic exercise group in the evening.

Relaxing in the public park in own style

Relaxing in the public park in own style

Wat Pathumwanaram is also becoming a popular place for relaxation. The Buddhist temple is situated in the center of Bangkok’s main shopping district, including the Paragon, Central World Plaza and Siam Square. Even though it is a religious place, it is open to every one, as long as we follow the temple’s etiquette and tradition. Despite being surrounded by busy and noisy streets, the temple compound is surprisingly peaceful and quiet. You can reach the temple by the sky train. off Siam Center station.  The temple is located between the Siam Paragon and Central World Plaza.

Wat Pathumwanaram, a Buddhist temple in the heart of Bangkok's shopping area

A Buddhist Temple in the heart of Bangkok’s business center, Wat near Siam Square

Beside the beautiful and elegant architecture, the temple organizes daily chanting in the morning and the evening for the local people. I usually go there in the evening after work to attend the evening chanting and meditation.  The service lasts about one and a half hour.  If you don’t know how to chant in Pali or Thai, just sit and listen to the chant. It is really soothing. And these are a few places and activities that give city dwellers like me some peace of mind  during the week.