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    KMs Jogging Track at Wat Chalerm Park

    At the end of the uni term every year I get back into my jogging routine, as I now have three months without classes.

    I’m 178 cms (5’10”) and this year I’m starting at 82 kgs. I aim to shed 3-4 kgs, most of which will come off my beer gut and will make me feel much better.

    Near my home here in Nonthaburi, there’s an excellent park with outdoor fitness equipment and a sealed jogging track, called Wat Chalerm Park. It's located right beside the Chao Phraya River.









    You can see from the google earth pic below that there are many choices for you in terms of direction and distance.




    Normally, it takes 8-10 minutes to walk briskly around the track which I have highlighted below.





    It’s very pleasant, with mature trees and little streams well-stocked with a variety of fish. I started off with three laps and am up to six laps after the first week – which constitutes about an hours exercise. I'm still at the walking stage and will move up to jogging once my leg muscles are used to the exercise again!

    I’ll add some pics taken during my daily outings so you can get an idea of the excellent facilities available on the outskirts of Bangkok.

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    OK. This evening I took my camera with me and have some piccies. First off you have to cross this small bridge which connects the car park with the park itself. You get all sorts here: serious joggers, casual exercisers, families picnicing, couples having their wedding photos taken, etc.



    On your way into the park take a note of the time...exercise is all about time spent...not about how fast you can do things...


    Here you need to turn either right or left...up to you... I always turn left and then the session is under way. The path cross streams, canals & lakes on the way round so there's always something interesting to see.

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    Late afternoon is a good time to go - or early morning - because the sun's not so hot. There are plenty of trees along the way to provide pleasant shade.


    A little way into the run and you'll pass the children's playground. This is a popular place and the facilities here are excellent.


    Opposite the children's playground is an exercise area, with all sorts of imaginative machines designed to stretch the body in unnatural ways.


    Continue around the bend and you'll come to the serious "gym" area. Every machine has instructions in Thai and English explaining how to use it correctly.


    A nod. A Smile and polite request asking if they minded if I took a pic of them was greeted with smiles and giggles of approval. This is a family park and it's always good to see the variety of people out exercising in the evening.
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    This equipment is designed for all weathers and is well maintained. There are some serious people using this gear every day. And it's free!..


    Decisions. Decisions. The fit types will continue straight ahead cause it's the long way round. At this stage I turn right here which shortens the lap a bit!


    Over another little bridge, past the flags and then swing left around the fish ponds and head towards the river.


    This is the hottest part of the track, because there are no tress in this short section. Encourages you to pick up the pace a little!


    Now you can head downhill a little towards the entrance to the amphitheatre.


    This is where all the lovers like to gather. Today however, there was one guy - in tracksuit and running shoes - who spend the entire hour sitting here and talking on his mobile phone.

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    Up a small incline and you're now heading for the river. This is a popular area for TV programs and commercials to be filmed.


    At the T-Junction you turn left towards the delightful salas. These are great for picnics on rainy days.


    The Chao Phraya River is on your left as you pass through this section of your run and the cool breeze off the river is most refreshing here.


    As the track bends around to the right it brings you face-to-face with the temple which lends its name to the park. Wat Chalerm.



    The regular joggers are a pretty friendly bunch, at least to me. Of course, being the only foreigner jogging here makes me noticeable to them I guess.


    It's a lovely park and is therefore a popular place for couples to have their wedding photos taken.


    OK. That's one lap. Took us about 8 - 10 minutes to walk around there. If you feel like another lap all you have to do is bear right and your off into the next lap.

    I try to do an hour a day, and increase the number of laps I can do in that hour. Little by little at the moment but it's addictive. I feel good when I'm finished and feel real shirty if I miss a day.



    If you've finished you can bear left and you'll be back in the car park. Don't forget to check the clock on your way out.

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    Jeeeze !!! I'm friggin knackered after reading that
    It should have had a health warning at the start!


    From TAT

    This public park is located beyond Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat.

    It covers an area of 40 acres.

    The park was built by the Treasury Department to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and as a recreation spot for the public.

    The park has a fine collection of water plants, garden plants and underwater animals. The park is open daily from 06.00 to 18.00 hrs.
    Admission is free.

    The royal landing is near the reception pavilion.
    This is a walk-through pavilion with a four-corner tiered roof and surrounded by three traditional carved wooden pavilions.
    The attractive three pavilions that are made of teak are primed with genuine gold leaves and decorated with colorful glass.
    They were used to hold many royal functions.
    Nearby, a group of teak Thai houses built in noble Thai style can be seen.
    At the corner near the river is a former residence of Nonthaburi's governor and is the entry to the delightful ambience fruit farms include during, mangosteen, jackfruit, and sweet coconut.

    Getting There By Car Drive along Bang Kruai-Sai Noi route, and turn to Nonthaburi Pier, road signs will be seen all the way.

    From Bangkok, cross over Phra Nangklao Bridge to Bang Phlu junction, turn left to Suan Kaeo temple, and then follow the road signs to Kanchanaphisek Park.

    By Boat Take a regular long tail boat from Nonthaburi Pier along Bang Yai Canal. The boat departs every 20 minutes from Nonthaburi Pier. The trip takes around 5 minutes. The fare is 7 baht.

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    That looks pretty nice KM, you couldn't have anything like that in London it'd be demolished by scumbags and chavs for fun!

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    what about a reward beer on the way home??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    what about a reward beer on the way home??
    Next thread KW...drinking spots in Nonthaburi...have to get some help from Whitsheva and others resident in Non...

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    ya just inspired me to download google earth again, last time my area was still quite fuzzy due to being so far away.

    i've got it, its great shows everything, but keeps freezing ...

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    Great thread.

    Some people say that being in the city, they cant exercise, but we know this is bullshit as there's heaps of parks like this around.

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    Where? Everything I remember about Bangkok is cars, pollution and mixed up electricity cables - and we lived right next to Lumphini Park.

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    Nice photos. I've never tried carrying a camera while jogging. Does it throw your rhythm off?

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    Nice thread and pics KM. This is one of my favourite parks too. If you go in the early afternoon, midweek, it is almost deserted. I particularly like the traditional teak houses you can lounge around in and enjoy a shady picnic by the river. I'll take a camera on my next trip and post some pictures.

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    How did I miss this thread? Good stuff Klongy - how is the weight going now?

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    You are 5'11" if you are 178 I do believe. As I am 175 and 5'10" 150 is 5 feet and each inch is 2.5 cent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    I'll take a camera on my next trip and post some pictures.
    Took a while Bangyai...but the wait was worth it...
    http://teakdoor.com/bangkok-forum/79...ml#post1552534 (Bangkok Parks ... 1) Chalerm Phra Kiat)

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    Next thread KW...drinking spots in Nonthaburi...have to get some help from Whitsheva and others resident in Non...
    Did this thread ever happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Did this thread ever happen?
    Sure. it's a bit dated now though as places close and new ones open...

    http://teakdoor.com/bangkok-forum/41...euk-round.html (Pubs from Rama V Bridge to the Ratchapreuk Round-a-bout)

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    Cheers. Thats my road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Cheers. Thats my road.
    I though you were out on Rama II...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince - A Beach in Bangkok
    Only about 10+Km from the house
    The beach you are talking about is at least 40kms from where these bars are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    I though you were out on Rama II...
    Nah right at the top of Kalaprapruk.

    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    The beach you are talking about is at least 40kms from where these bars are...
    I took the short cut down Bang Bon 1 and that leads your straight on to Bang Khun Tien.

    I should have said "Thats my road home"

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