Grand Palace closed! (yes, really)
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November 25th, 2009 – by: cja17
I tuned out the reason he gave - something to do with a ceremony involving important people sitting next to other important people for an important amount of time - but there were lots and LOTS of military types keeping us away from the fenced off bits.
Must admit to being not entirely disappointed - give me modern art museum over walled-courtyard-of-really-old-stuff any time. Large parts of the temple complex were still open though, and the entrance fee had been reduced to a very attractive zero baht, so in I went.
Had the whole thing been open, I would have been tempted to hire a guide, otherwise you're just walking around looking at stuff. Glad I came though - some of the smaller demon and monkey figures looked impressive. An interesting semi-excursion - all very ornate, exquisitely produced and very impressive in its own way, but I don't think nordic minimalism ever really had a chance on the Thai interior design scene...
It was only a few hundred metres from the riverboat pier to Hualamphong Station for my sleeper train, so decided to walk it rather than get annoyed by sitting in a cab in Bangkok's awesome, Olympic-standard traffic. Big mistake - program not responding, blue screen of death category - listening to the mischevious imp on my shoulder telling me not to bother looking at the map took me and my duffel on an unnecessary elongated loop back up to Chinatown.
15 hours on a second-class AC sleeper doesn't sound fun, but turned out to be a smooth ride. Knackered by this point, I went with the flow on board - overpriced separate farang menu (nice spicy soup, D- cashew chicken), super-overpriced Chang - "What did you say, 120 baht for 660ml of 6.
Returning to our seats, they had miraculously disappeared and been transformed into bunks covered with clean sheets and pillows, with blankets still individually sealed in laundry packaging.
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