|After a lovely breakfast, we wandered along to the Skytrain station, paid our 42 baht each and took the very modern, air-conditioned train to the river where we took the ferry to the historic centre of Bangkok. The Grand Palace was closed due to a ceremony taking place so a friendly policeman suggested we take a tuk-tuk tour of several other sites. The driver duly took us to the Golden Mountain - 344 steps to the top (Ruth counted!) with great views of Bangkok; not a pretty city. We were then taken to jewellery shop where we didn't buy anything, then to a tailor's where again we didn't buy anything and now we were getting fed up with these diversions, and told the driver 'no more stops'. The next stop was supposed to be the golden Buddha but he dropped us near what he said was the place and when we came out he'd gone! So we walked a bit and found the elusive Buddha; beautiful but the day was getting hotter and steamier as the clouds started to build.
We wandered towards the Grand Palace looking for somewhere to eat. It seemed to take forever but we found a little cafe used by locals and enjoyed a rather hot and spicy fish curry. Our next experience with tuk-tuks seemed to be heading the same way as the first, so we insisted on being dropped at the nearest ferry dock with no stops!
By the time we got back to the Sukhumvit Road we were very tired and hot and walking towards the hotel came upon an area of street food vendors, stopped, had a large bottle of Singha, a plate of grilled prawns (they were huge!) and stir fried vegetables. Just hit the spot! Feeling much better we returned to our hotel just as the monsoon hit; and wow, did it rain.