The Grand Palace

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OK, day 2.  Breakfast was a real surprise - a huge buffet offering Thai specialities, cereal, ham, cheese, breads, eggs (boiled, scrambled), fruit, etc and amazingly bread and butter pudding with custard! (Warning, such a vast buffet can be dangerous for those who lack self control when it comes to food resulting in an uncomfortable 'overeaten state').

After breakfast we proceeded to get a tuk tuk to the river (it should be noted tuk tuks and there drivers are unpredictable beings and have been known to take you from A to B via a route comprising of A C D E F G to B, you get the picture, therefore not advisable if your in a hurry - take a taxi, they are cool, safer, friendlier and not too expensive).  Finally we reached the river from where we took a ferry up to the temples.

  Made our way to the Grand Palace - an impressive collection of temples and home of the famous Golden Buddah, def worth a visit.  Nb, there are often locals in the surrounding area who will try to convince you that the temples are closed for the day before offering to show you some other sights for a small fee! (app this usually comprises of a shopping trip to shops where they get their commission)  Don't be fooled, the Grand Palace is open every day from 8.30 - 3.30 unless there is a state function (rare).  When visiting temples a dress code applies or you won't be allowed in!  (Long trousers, shoulders covered and we had to take our shoes off before entering, but remember where you've left them esp if its busy!)

Got the fab sky rail back to Silom - a good opportunity to get a different view of this amazing city.

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