The Grand Palace
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October 16th, 2007 – by: cotterb
We finally made it to the Grand Palace today. After being told twice that the place was closed we found the front door and made it in. We read about this scam in the guidebooks but still fell for it. Frequently people, even those who appear to be officials or representatives, will tell you that the site is closed in an effort to get you to go shopping instead of visiting the site. Ignore them. The site is open from 0830 to 1530 each day and the only entrance is on the north side. Once in you can visit both the palace and the Wat (temple) which is located inside.
In the Wat is the famed Jade buddah which is very neat to see.
After visiting the Palace Kim and I went to meet her cousin Sara and her boyfriend Christian. They are on a trip to visit a few places in the world before doing volunteer work in Africa. Our hope was to meet them at their hostel right as they arrived and then take Sara and Kim to have a Thai massage at the Oriental Hotel. Unfortunatly Sara and Christian's travel from the airport took longer than expected and we weren't able to get her to the appointment.
I did not get a massage, however I did go to the spa with Kim. The Oriental Hotel is incredible, and I'm sure very expensive. The people were nice and all spoke english. She said that the massage was great. The hotel was very nice and took us back to the SkyTrain with their water shuttle even though we wern't guests.
We had left a note for Sara and Christian to meet us at a landmark at 8pm. It worked great and we all met right on schedule. I spent the next three hours talking their ears off about what we had learned about Bangkok so they didn't make the same mistakes we did and were able to see more for less. Sara and Christian have a week here and then they are going to sevearl other places before they end up in Africa for 9 months. It was nice to meet them. They are really interesting and I'm sure they'll make a big difference with the people they work with.
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