Ditched this (free hotel breakfast) for that of below (street food) for breakfast the first morning we arrived in Bangkok.
On the way back, we took a long boat ride which costed 100 baht pp (total was 500 baht for the 5 of us). Not recommended as it's dangerous. For unexplained reasons, we were told to change boats in the middle of the river with speeding boat traffic around us. Imagine both boats swaying side to side and us trying to climb into the other boat. No life jackets in sight, either. Waves from the other speeding boats could have sent any one of us overboard. Not worth it.
The Emerald Buddha in gold summer attire- the buddha is clothed according to summer, rainy or cool season attires. We were asked to take off our shoes and hats before entering the temple. No photography was allowed out of respect for the buddha and the temple itself.
The wall of garudas- half man, half bird like- a symbol of Thai sovereignty.
Beautiful palace ground, just too crowded.
The library at the palace- amazing architecture but difficult to take a photo without somebody else's head sticking out in it.
The Wat Arun at night- picture taken from the Grand Palace's side of the Chao Phraya river. Glad that we went to see the Wat Arun in its tranquil, glowing beauty. With the crowds gone, we had the whole place to ourselves. Of course, the temple itself was closed. Enjoyed the calming effect very much. Costed 2 baht per person for the ferry crossing.
The famous Thai durians- ate a lot of these in Phuket. Prefer the smaller ones. Pungent and sweet. Didn't buy these as the prices were expensive. Bought whole ones off the markets in Phuket for 40 baht each.