We took a break from all the walking at a McDonald's on the way back to the Sky Train station but while we were enjoying our cold beverages and churros the sky grew overcast and distant thunder rumbled ominously. We abandoned our plans to visit Khao San Road at this point and quickly took a train back to our neighbourhood. The cloudburst was just about to begin so we hot-footed it to one of the many massage parlours and sat down for an hour long session of foot pampering. It felt heavenly and our tired feet thanked us for it while it poured outside.
It continued to rain as we ducked under shop awnings and umbrellas to buy various kinds of fruits and some quickly whipped up Pad Thai noodles and Chicken Satay sticks from a street vendor. Back to the hotel room and leisurely soaks-in-the-tub later, we were ready to sleep.
The next morning we got up early and got ready for a day's worth of sight-seeing around Bangkok. Our concierge had promised us a free ride to the Royal Palace so while we were waiting for the cab in the lobby we quickly grabbed a few bites from the complimentary breakfast buffet. Soon a mini van arrived and we were packed in like sardines for what seemed like an interminable ride through Bangkok. Almost an hour later the minivan shuddered to a stop and we heaved a collective sigh of relief at having reached our destination.
But alas! It wasn't the palace but a Gem & Jewellery Institute where a personal shopper tried very hard to convince us to part with our money in exchange for a pretty piece of rock. We politely declined and were then ushered back into the minivan for yet another long ride after which we finally reached the Royal Palace.