Morning runs are one of my highlights when in Bangkok. In a city where traffic starts to build up by 7:30am, we discovered this oasis some years back: Benjakiti Park (pictured above), where in a small space, one could run in relative silence, detached from the smog and traffic noises just beyond. There are several such park oases in Bangkok: Lumpini, Benchasiri and Benjakiti.
During our New Year trip earlier this month, we discovered a hidden treasure – a pedestrian/cycle path which connects Lumpini Park to Benjakiti Park, allowing us to run overhead across major roads on several mornings during our week in this vibrant city.
This was a mindful & exhilarating way to start the day, before we ate and shopped our way through the wonderful sights, tastes and sounds of this energetic city. A bit of quiet to prepare us ready, body, mind & spirit.
This is something we sense very strongly in the Thai people. Even in the crowded walkways and public areas, we could feel a stillness, a quietude. Most of our interaction with the Thai people were warm and filled with a calm, regardless of whether it was our tuktuk driver weaving through the horrendous traffic, or the supermarket checkout personnel who took time to explain something to us despite the long queues, or the waitstaff at the thronging food halls who smiled and tried to help despite language barriers. This is the tranquility & generosity I strive to emulate.
Feature Photo was taken fairly early in the morning at Benjakiti Park, Bangkok, 3 Jan 2018.