A new day and a new mood....
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I woke up in a much more positive mood. The sun was shining so after breakfest I headed off to walk to the Grand Palace. Its not too far from the hotel. About 15 to 20 minute walk. As i got nearer I realised it wasn't a normal day. Everywhere was really busy and there were large tents up all along the streets serving food. Most of them were full of Monks. It turns out it was a public holiday and was a day when new monks enter the temples for the first time or something like that. I didnt quite get the full story.
Upon arrival some guy tried the usual scam of telling me I was at the wrong entrance and he would take me to the correct entrance and buy my ticket. I didnt get annoyed about it but had a bit of a laugh. He was telling me that westerners were not allowed in where I was going.
Anyway I went in and paid the correct price. I really enjoyed looking around but was quite lonely and really missing my girlfriend. It would have been nice to have someone to share the experience with. The only other disappointment was that tourists weren't allowed into see the golden Buddha, as only the monks were allowed in there that day. I wasnt that bothered as I had seen so many buddhas already.
After leaving I started to walk aroung to Wat Po. As I stopped for a drink, I was then told that it was closed to tourists and only monks allowed in today. Now I have read about this trick and was ready for it. But this guy was wearing the uniform of the tourist police/helper. I also read that you could trust them but I was still on my guard.
Finally I found one who would take me around for a while for 50 baht. He was a really nice guy but he did start nagging me about a tailor. I was getting annoyed with him going on about it so I said we could stop quickly but I was not buying anything. He was so happy as they get fuel vouchers if they take tourists in.
In the end it worked out great. He took me to a couple of quiet temples with vitually nobody there and explained everything to me about traditions and the religion. Much better than all the crowds at the tourist hotspots.
After this I left him at the Big Buddha and then went for a long walk down by the river and then back to the hotel. That night I made my plans for getting to Koh Tao the next day. I was going to take the train but it was fully booked as everyone was heading down for the full moon party. Only 3rd class and was not in the mood for that so I decided to fly. Only about £70 to Koh Samui then the ferry to Koh Tao. I thought it was worth every penny.