Looking for a little space to have a picnic near the water, perhaps some exercise equipment for you or playground equipment for the kids? You have heard mention of a park decorated with Dolphins with lots of open space right next to the beach, but are not sure where it is?
Loma Park is right here on Patong Beach on the north end of the Beach Road
across the road from the soccer field where all the construction is
going on. Of course, depending on when you read this, the construction
may have finished, so please do not count on that as a landmark, since
those seem to change fairly rapidly here in Phuket.
lived in Phuket for over four years, I discovered Loma Park several
years ago and have spent many afternoons relaxing in the shade of the
trees or catching a few rays to ensure my tan. My long time girlfriend
Oi and her friends like to meet here in the afternoon to practice their
unique sect of Buddhism based on the teachings of Mayshu-Sama (don’t
hold me to this spelling). He was a Japanese believer who believed this
was the age of enlightenment and that through prayer and a strong
belief in the power of Buddha an individual could focus this power to
heal other’s or their own ailments. So if you are wondering around Loma
Park in the afternoon, you may see a group of ladies Chatting and
‘Jo-rei’ing (focusing the power of Buddha through their upraised hands)
If you are feeling a bit under the weather, you may want to
stop and ask for their help, it is free and just takes a couple of
minutes. I am definitely not a true believer, but I have had two major
heart attacks that the doctors did not think I would survive, but am
still here after Oi and her friends prayed and ‘Jo-rei’ed on countless
But I digress, Loma Park is a great place to spend time
enjoying the wonderful weather we enjoy here in Phuket year around (skip
the rainy days). At the south end of the park is a ‘stage’ area that
sees many activities throughout the year. Patong’s annual ‘Bike Week”
activities are concentrated in the park, from a vast array of tents set
up offering all kinds of foods as well as clothing and other souvenir
items. The stage, of course is where the nightly concerts and shows
take place with lots of great music. The King and Queen’s Birthdays
are also celebrated here as well as other Buddhist festivals.
the park is not given over to these and other activities it offers a
large open area for picnicking under large shade trees. Once you have
setup your picnic area, it is a short walk to the water’s edge to take a
refreshing dip in the Andaman Sea.
It is a great place to get some
wonderful pictures of the sunsets over Patong Bay. A good thing about
the beach area here is that it is much safer for swimming then either
Karon or Kata Beach with their dangerous rip currents and strong
You can bring your own food or you can be sure there are
lots of vendors walking about offering many Thai delicacies’ at
The park is continually being cleaned and
improved with new vegetation and trees to ensure it offers a pleasant
environment for visits from all over the world. Recently the old
exercise and children’s playground equipment was replaced with newer
modern equipment for adults and children to use.
Written by "Uncle Doug"
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