Lumpini Park, April 2015. Unlike the majority of travellers I’ve met over the years, I adore Bangkok and have never understood all the hate. Yes it’s a big bad city, but peel back the surface layers and you’ll find a fascinating place just waiting to be discovered. The food is incredible, the temples are stunning and plentiful, while the markets are right up there with anything I’ve seen across the globe. A favourite spot of mine is the surprisingly peaceful Lumpini Park. Come here on a weekday morning and you’ll virtually have the place to yourself, save for the giant black crows and mooching monitor lizards. Working my way between the palm trees around the lake, I came across a couple of joggers, a German photographer and this elegant Tai Chi class. At first glance, it’s hard to believe a place like this exists in Bangkok and indeed many come here and miss it altogether.