Lumphini Park and The Monitor Lizards

Lumphini Park is often called "Bangkok's Central Park" - just, you know, with big scary looking Monitor Lizards! Read on to find out about what you can get up to in Lumphini Park, and how to get to Lumphini Park. And of course, important information to know about those scary looking reptiles!

Where is Lumphini Park?

Lumphini Park close to central Bangkok, accessible by the Sala Daeng BTS station, Lumpini MRT station and Silom MRT station.

It is large - covering an area of 142 acres!

Lumphini Park Opening Times

  • Opens every day at 4:30am
  • Closes every day at 9pm

What can you see and do at Lumphini Park?

  • Walk around! You can spend a long time having a nice walk around the park.
  • Or if you are feeling more active go for a run around the park. The park is always full of many runners and joggers
  • Rent a swan paddle boat (40 baht)
  • Check out the sculptures and views in the park
  • Watch people (or join in) doing Tai Chi, yoga and other exercises
  • Use the free outdoor gym
  • Or go inside their proper indoor gym
  • And of course check out the famous monitor lizards and other wildlife in Lumphini park.

Lumphini Park Monitor Lizards?!?

  • Yes! The park has large monitor lizards! There are around 400 water monitor lizards (although they tend to stick in a small area).
  • In September 2016 100 were removed to keep the population numbers down.
  • Some of them can grow up to 3m (10ft) in length, and they actually cause a lot of damage the park.
  • But when we were there, we found them fascinating!
  • They survive by mostly eating dead fish, birds and turtles.
  • The Thai word for monitor lizards is 'hia', which is also a rude word (see here for details)

Are the Lumphini Park Monitor Lizards safe?

  • Yes, they are safe!
  • They might look like small crocodiles, but as mentioned above they eat dead fish, birds and turtles!
  • When we have visited Lumphini, we got very close to them and they barely even seemed to notice us.

They don't attack humans, and are safe to be around. But you should still keep a safe distance from them!

Where are the reptiles?

If you stick to the lakes it won't be long until you see them! But see the map below (the red area indicates where you can definitely find some!)

Map of where to find monitor lizards in Lumphini Park

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