For a break from the often daunting tumult of downtown Bangkok, head over to Lumpini Park, which is centrally located on Rama IV. Green and tranquil, with plenty of photo-worthy views afforded on the way around its scenic man-made lake, Lumpini (or Lumphini, depending on who's doing the spelling) is a great place to kill a few relaxing hours day or night. For active travelers, there are 2.5 km of jogging and biking trails, basketball courts and aerobic workout centers scattered throughout the 142-acre area. If leisure is more your thing, rent a boat, stroll the gardens or set up for a live jazz or classical performance on the lawn. Chances are you'll see plenty of locals, and even a few sizable water monitors on your visit. Well worth checking out.