At the main entrance to the Grand Palace a man dressed in blue and grey pants and shirt wearing a cap that stated POLICE, standing one foot away from two men in beige uniform with military decorations refrained us from entering telling us at 2:30PM the Palace was closed for the day, but that he would call a tukutuku (local motorcycle taxi) and for 30bahts he would take us to the standing Buddha and back to the Pier to take our boat. He stopped a tukutuku and steered us in. We did not feel we had a choice. The taximan was obviously scared of him. He took us ever farther away, stopping at shops while he took instructions and gave explanations on his cell phone. He explained to us that if we did not buy diamonds or tailored suits we at least had to fake wanting. After paying and leaving the tukutuku at a traffic light and finding our way to the river walking, we learned the police runs these shoppers kidnapping rings. We left that evening without seeing the Palace.