After exiting the Palace we need an air conditioned spot with decent food and cold beverages for lunch. We search along a few blocks then find the Navy Club restaurant. It isn’t five stars, but meets our needs. After lunch we consider taking a tuk-tuk back to the MRT station, but choose to walk along Maha Rat Road toward the MRT - it’s shaded and small shops line the east side of the road. It also allows glimpses of Wat Arun in the distance.
If I were to return to the Grand Palace I would plan differently. If possible I would buy tickets in advance online. I would take a tuk-tuk from the MRT to the entrance to save strength. The target would be to arrive approximately 15 minutes after the gate opens - before most of the tour groups descend like locust but without having to deal with unnecessary queuing for entry.
William says he wouldn’t return. Well, maybe time will help ease his pain.