If you're into tai chi, or the martial arts in general, or you fancy watching it, go to Lumpini Park from 6:15am every morning. In the park thousands of people, mostly Chinese, gather to do their daily exercise - anyone can join in and its free.
At the main entrance to the park you'll see several hundered people doing areobics
For the tai chi go past these people and head towards the centre of the park. There you'll find all sorts of martial arts happening and various types of tai chi taking place. Watching groups of people practicing with swords and fans in public is wonderful. I hadn't realised just how loud fifty fans opening at the same time would be - it's just like firecrackers going off.
I found a group I felt happy with - they were doing a yang style similar to the type I practice at home. As a westerner I was greeted with enthusiasm and interest by the locals and encouraged to join in. The master had been taking classes daily for the past 50 years and as a consequence was quite awe inspiring. The group I joined wanted to know how I'd learnt Tai Chi, what type I practiced and how I came to know about the way.
I didn't see many Europeans practicing in the park (I counted two others, both men). One of the problems being I think, the time difference. Because of the jet lag I was setting the alarm clock for 1:30am body clock time, which wasn't much fun.
Having said that, the whole experience of doing tai chi, on the grass, in the park with hundreds of other people left me feeling good about life again.
Throughly recommended - this has to be one of the highlights of life itself.
If you're not yet certified with a valid dive certification, Koh Tao will be the ideal place for you to earn your dive certification.
P/s: Koh Tao trained & certified most divers under PADI certification for South East Asia region.
Forget about beautiful beaches and temples for awhile in Pattaya! Please stay tune at Prince Bira International Circuit and you can find another adreline sport watching: Asian Formula 2000 with 1,800 cc Ford engine and above 200 km/h speed. And I proudly write here that one of Indonesian driver; Meckel Ali was presenting his best perform on Bira at Asian Formula series 7 and 8 in 2002. Good luck on your next steps, Meckel! Majulah Indonesia :)
Equipment: Ear plugs, sneakers, cargo pants and cotton shirt, umbrella or hat and mineral water. Added with sunblock cream and camera. Especially for me, bring our National flag "Sang Merah Putih" there.
Again, it's about another entertainment at Pattaya, beside cabaret show or beaches. Go to Prince Bira International Circuit and you can find a package of watching sport called "Asian Festival of Speed". From Asian Formula 2000 'till Asian Touring Cars you can find here. Also several addition from locals, such as time rally and sprint rally. Next year, Ferrari and Porsche Supersport Challenge will added to this festival. I hear this news from Mr. David Sonenscher, the Director of Motorsport Asia.
Equipment: Ear plugs, camera, hat or umbrella, cotton t-shirt, cargo pants, sneaker, sunblock cream and mineral water.
At the topmost floor of MBK there is really nice bowling arena. Unfortunately, I don't have picture about it because photographying was forbidden and they were watching closely. However, it was really fun, the service was really friendly and it wasn't at all expensive (at least compared to the European prices). Check it out if you have time and it's raining or warm outside...
Equipment: You can rent them from there.
If you find yourself in Bangkok and want to watch a cricket match taking place elsewhere in the world, head to Wall Street on Sukhumvit Soi 33. They show all major international matches and the bar has a nice laid back atmosphere. I've been there a couple of times over the past few years and they always show it on the big screen.
You can also watch cricket at "Bus Stop" halfway down Soi 4. This is an open air beer garden. This is in the heart of a red-light district but the atmosphere in the bar is fine. I wouldn't recommend it at the moment though because there is construction going on next door (due for completion mid-2006).
Several large hotels in Bangkok
offer a gym to keep fit and tone
while traveling abroad.
One particular well equipped gym that
opens its doors to outsiders and just for the day
is Fitness First located at several locations.
There are gym machines to work every single muscle
and classes from 6:30 am till 8:30 pm offering
Body Jam; Body Combat; Body Pump; Abs; and the list goes on.
The gym is available to outsiders
for 800 Bahts the day.
So, if all that eating Thai food
got you in the need to burn all those calories
come and spend the day at the gym.
4th Floor, 138 Sukhumit Rd.
Tel. 02 653 2424
Central Pinklao Tower
23-24 Floor, 7/129 Baromrajchonnee Rd.
Tel. 02 884 7820/27
Central City Bangna Tower
36-37 Floor, 1093/167 Bangna – Trad Rd.
Tel. 02 745 6040
Central Plaza Ratchada-Rama 3
6-7th Floor, 79/1-2 Sathupradit Rd.
Tel. 02 673 6085
55 Biohouse Bldg., 8th Floor Sukhumvit 39
Tel. 02 262 0520
Fashion Island Ramindara
5/5-6 B Floor, Moo 7
Tel. 02 947 6022
Part of the International Series, the Thailand Open is held during late September/early October every year and since its inception into the ATP Tour schedule, it has managed to draw some big names to the event: Roger Federer, the current World No.1 (Sep 2005) defended his title successfully. Previous No.1s Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero & Carlos Moya had also made appearances alongside Tommy Haas, Taylor Dent (the inaugural champion in 2003) and local hero Paradorn Srichaphan.
Good chance to see some top notch tennis in action.
The event is held at the Impact Arena, an indoor stadium rather close to the current Don Muang Airport.
Note: This year, the Thailand Open also had a women's tournament, a brand new event on the WTA Tour, just 2 weeks after the men's tournament.
Ah the race track, where everyone speaks the universal language of odds. For a spot of some of Bangkok's biggest characters, go to the Royal Turf Club on Sunday only. The stands are filled with screaming locals hoping to get lucky. My buddy hit his only bet. How many people can say they got a winning ticket in Bangkok? A must for sports fans. Entry is 100 Baht.
There are plenty of places to skate in Bangkok if you keep your eyes open. I know of a skate park near Ekkamai which I've never been to but is meant to be great on a Saturday. I would normally go to Queens Park at the Phrom Pong BTS station there are no ramps here but are a few slides etc to play about on. Also plenty more to do in the park from Basketball to Tai Chi.
The Thai open tennis tournament is played in SEPTEMBER at the Impact Arena and convention centre at Muang Thon Thani. This is about 30 minutes by taxi from the centre of Bangkok.
If you are in BKK in September why not go along and watch the stars! Cheaper than Wimbledon and a much better complex!
Equipment: There is an addidas shop within a 5 minute walk from the Impact Arena. Just ask someone at the Arena for directions. Here you will find genuine addidas at much cheaper prices than Australia.
Walking in Bangkok streets! Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world, so u have to walk a lot to see the attractions. If walking is a sport for you then i can say that walking is a tip here!
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