November 27th, 2008 – by: ladysith
Breakfast at Asia Hotel was so-so. The hotel's rated 4 stars but looks like a 3 star, I guess standards are different around the world. Made our way to the BTS and went all the way to the end of the line, got off... saw a tour desk and booked our all tours. Made our way to the pier and paid a ticket for the tourist boat (90baht). Walked to the Grand Palace, I was wearing 3/4 cargo pants but they deemed it too "short" and asked me to don a sarong. I hate the double standards, there were girls wearing miniskirts (with a slit on the side) and they were allowed in! We wanted to test whether we'd get away with pretending to be Thai. We went on the Thai line, got in easy! No questions asked... a bit pointless though, considering we've already paid for entrance. LOL After the Grand Palace, we decided to make our way to Wat Pho
which was located behind the Grand Palace.
Their fancy monorail
I've read about all the touts advising unsuspecting tourists that Wat Pho is closed & won't be open til later, just so they can take you around diff gem stores, earn their commission. An old tuktuk driver yelled out & asked if we were looking for Wat Pho, we said yes... he said he'll take us there for 5 baht each. Being cheapskates that we are, we jumped at the chance. As soon as we were mobile, he advised us that it's closed during lunch & won't be open til later. As soon as he said this, that's when I realized OH SHIEETTT!!! But for my friend's sake, I didn't tell her what was going on, we figured... we might as well help this old man make some money. He got his petrol vouchers, he got his commission, my friend got her jewellery and we're all happy. I later told her what happened but she merely shrugged it off and said, "well at least we helped someone out.
Inside the tourist ferry
" We didn't really care coz we had all day to waste. Gotta admit though, the last jewellery store we went to was owned by Chinese and they were rude to us. I think it's also because we were giggling at the stuff they were selling, the rings had huge stones and it looked really tacky, not to mention the boxes looked dated. When they realized we weren't buying any of the gold jewellery, they turned off the lights and didn't bother to show us the rest of their stuff & said, "Maybe you can afford them in a few years, in the mean time, we have silver ones over there." We just looked at them and gave them a blank look, sneered & then walked out. Tuktuk driver finally took us to Wat Pho. Lo & behold, it's open! Wooop dee doo! Silly old man. Lucky we were in a good (& charitable) mood, we paid him 10 baht each instead of 5. After Wat Pho, we made our way back to the pier, caught a tourist boat back to the main pier. Got on the BTS back to Siam, walked around Siam Paragon.