Updated: January 9, 2014
We were on our way to the Grand Palace when we got pulled in by a 'nice' Thai man. He was not selling us anything or talking us into spending so we had a good discussion about our day rip. He gave us good ideas about current events, where to go, what to take, and what to avoid.
We hailed for a white plated tuk-tuk (government operated) and settled our itinerary and payment with the driver. The Thai man suggested a visit to a couple of temples currently holding a festival, then our trip would end at the Grand Palace. This trip with the same tuk-tuk for only 30BAHT. There would be no entrance fees in any of the temples.
After visiting the first temple (with no festival), our driver claimed to have ran out of gas in his tuk-tuk. No big deal he said he would fill it up while we tour another temple. The temple we visited was closed at the time according to some guy inside and would reopen in an hour. A bystander there was trying to talk us into going to some Thai export place to shop first while we wait. We left. Coincidentally, our driver wanted to take us there too. He said the palace would be closed too for an hour because the king was having lunch there at that time. We asked him to take us there anyway but he kept insisting for us to shop first. I gave him 20BAHT and we walked our way to the Grand Palace. It was open.