Temple Trailing in Tuc-tuc Hell
Bangkok, in search of temples. Outside the Grand Palace I met the person who turned out to be my host for the next four hours, a tuc-tuc driver who told me his first lie of the day, that the Grande Palace was not open until 12.30, but in the meantime he could take me to a few places (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more). I readily agreed, looking forward to my first trip on one of these colourful converted motorbikes that are everywhere in Bangkok. Four hours later I had still not seen the Grand Palace, but I had the opportunity to visit two jewelry bazaars, two tailors and a tourist agency, fulfilling the tuc-tuc drivers quota for the day. I was so glad to have made him happy…
By Anne McGlynn
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