The Royal Palace and the route to Golden Mount
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I had a lovely sleep last night and only woke up at about 9:30am. By the time I got down I was to late for breakfast, but very ready to explore town. I really wanted to see the Royal Palace again, as I loved this place so much last year, so that is what I went to see first. I took the Skytrain and the Express Boat again, and soon arrived at the Th Maharat peer.
I got of the boat at Th Maharat stop because I wanted to walk passed the Wat Mahathat first and then through the amulet market. There weren't so many vendors out on the streets though. I think I read somewhere that they are not allowed to sell stuff on the sidewalks on Monday but I'm not sure if that's true.
I spend a lot of time inside the Royal Palace to look at the Emerald Buddha and to wonder around the temples and buildings. After that, I went to sit outside in the shade for a while, watching people pass by and thinking about what I could do for the rest of the day. Then I decided to talk a walk east of the palace, through the Banglamphu district, towards Golden Mount.
I started of with a short stroll through the Saranrom Royal Garden and then criss-crossed up to the Wat Suthat. Such a lovely temple, so much smaller than the palace but so sweet and peaceful. There was a group of Children practicing to play trumpet and another group was playing some kind of drums.
When I got back down from the "mountain" the streets around the area were suddenly packed with cars. Rush hour had started, and on top of that, because of the same event that closed down marble mountain, some of the main streets around where closed for traffic. Nobody could explain to me clearly however what exact festivity was going on... but there were people with costumes and flags and a lot of police was trying to keep cars away from certain places. I needed to get back to the hostel in time however, to meet up with May again, so there was no time for walking and I was far away from the river and the skytrain. I just had to find a taxi, but every single one that passed me was already full and so it took me over 15 minutes to stop one that was still free. The guy however refused to use the meter and quoted 500 Bath.
The meet up with May and Mee was just lovely :) We took a taxi to a restaurant of which ones again I don't remember the name, to drink delicious fresh coconut juice and have great dishes. After that we got to eat ice cream! I so loved the tastes that were to choose from, but because there was cheese taste as well the choice was easy to make. It was a lovely night out and it was again after midnight before I got to bed, of which I have no regrets though :) I have to thank you girls again for the great time we had!