VACommuter's Shenanigans in Japan

Discussion in 'Asia' started by VACommuter, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. JimVonBaden

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    Actually doesn't look bad at all. :thumb
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  2. VACommuter

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    First stop will be Bangkok Thailand. Picking up a few Baht at the airport in Haneda.
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    Premium economy gets us access to a lounge. Time to fuel up for this adventure. The smoked fish for breakfast is one of my favorites.
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    Scored an aisle bulkhead seat in premium economy. Plenty of leg room. Chow was excellent. Foreign airlines put US airlines to shame wrt food.
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    5 star hotel in Bangkok. A real king sized bed. Nice hotel.
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    Beat from a full day of travel so we grabbed supper at the hotel Chinese restaurant. Started out with a local Chang Classic beer.
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    Fried rice with chicken and salt fish.
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    Sweet and sour pork.
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    Ginger beef. Here for three nights. Have tours in the mornings with afternoons free. Let the shenanigans commence!
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  4. VACommuter

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    Baht shot. About 30 Baht to the dollar.
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    Staying at the Shangri-La hotel. 5 stars. Impressive breakfast buffet included. So large they provide you a map to navigate.
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    so many choices. I hit the gym this morning but still limited myself to one plate of food. May skip lunch and pull out the stops for dinner. We will have Thai for supper.
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    Even more tempting was the ice cream go round. Maybe I’ll include that with my breakfast on the last day.
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    It’s already 80 degrees and will peak at the low 90’s today. Having trouble channeling the Christmas spirit due to the weather. I had shorts on for breakfast but need to switch to long pants for the tour. Knees and shoulders can be offensive here. Don’t want to get caned.
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  5. Dynamick

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    "Breakfast Map" this is seriously one of the greatest things I wish to encounter in a hotel.

    Thank you for continuing to take us on your journey.
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  6. VACommuter

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    Canal tour by boat for a half day.
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    Boat gas station. This boat was similar to ours.
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    Lots of interesting architecture.
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    Garbage boat. These things went up and down the canals pulling up all the floating trash and what not.
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    ornate temple place.
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    The old fort that protected the city.
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    Wat Arun. The temple of dawn.

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  7. VACommuter

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    ThaI Navy base area.
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    Security watch us shady types.
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    Heading into a lock to get to the backroad canals.
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    This is no hemi but these boats haul ass.
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    Big water monitor grabbing some sun.
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    The whole gamut of houses along the small canals from palatial estates to dumps.
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    Little basket is the garbage can that gets emptied by boat.
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    Fancy house built of teak.
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    Either laundry day at the temple or there are a bunch of naked monks running around.

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    Pit stop at Wat Arun for a closer look around.
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    Statues guarding the entrances.
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    Very detailed decoration.
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    Lots of Stupas, these upside down ice cream cone towers.
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    A lot of the mosaics made from broken China.
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    Lots of man hours went into building these.
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    And the decorations are everywhere.
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    Guys holding up the structure.
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    Cuz I like sweater puppies.
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    The heat may have gotten to this little guy.
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    Midget guard. Good against small incursions.
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    This just keeps going.
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    Hot Thai chick carving up and selling fresh fruit. Scary how quick she was with that knife.
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    Back on the boat to head back to the hotel.
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    Interesting chenga like building in the distance.
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    The old customs house.
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    Our hotel, the Shangri la.
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    Hit this local joint up for pad Thai.
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    They made the Michelin guide.
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    Fresh pineapple juice.
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    Shrimp.
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    And some coconut ice cream. Lunch is in the books.
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    We chilled out the rest of the day but managed to get out to a place called the Blue Elephant for some dinner.
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    Had a few Thai beers. Tonight was all about Singha.
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    Some complementary tastes to start us off.
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    I had coconut chicken soup served in the coconut along with some steamed dumplings.
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    Then the special lamb curry served in a clay crock.

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    Which I quickly dumped on my plate with a load of jasmine rice.
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    Took it easy on the buffet breakfast this morning.
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    Heading to the Grand Palace today.
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    Along with a few thousand of my closest friends.
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    Lots of ornate statuary.
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    The color gold is special.
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    Shoes and hats off to go inside to see the emerald Buddha which is really solid jade.
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    Every 50 years the strip off all the decorations on the columns and redo them.
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    No photos inside so a really crappy shot of the little Buddha with his golden winter cape on. For the record it is hot as balls today.
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    Various ferocious beasties.
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    More gold paint.
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    More dudes to whack you if you get out of line.
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    No idea but thought it deserved a picture.
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    Several more random shots of the architecture.
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    One of these is our tour guide for the Bangkok portion of this trip. You guess.
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    Still smiling!
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    Various other buildings on the palace grounds. Many built back when it was still called Siam.
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    Reminds me of a gingerbread house with candy decorations.
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    Not going to repel boarders without a magazine loaded with ball rounds in that M16, soldier.
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    Elephants are the national animal. Current king is the 10th one though he is more of a figurehead as the are a democracy.
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    Changing of the guard. Thai soldiers generally aren’t very big but the all look mean as hell.
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    The royal rabbit.
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    This is where the royal ashes are stored After the king and queen get cremated.
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    Also the site of coronations.
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    No trip is complete without a terrifying ride in a tuk tuk.
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    Only good thing is that the low canopy blocks out visibility of most near misses.
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    Kind of like Catholic Churches is Europe or temples in japan. They all start looking alike after a time.
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    Finally, a random motorcycle picture.
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    Lunch at a Thai italian fusion. Type place.
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    Some of these fried crab treats.

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    Fried shrimp.
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    My half eaten salad.
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    The wife’s pretty rocket salad.
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    And a small Neapolitan Margarita pizza. Time for a nap.
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    Nice view from our 13th floor.
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    Bangkok is a really big city. Cab fares were really cheap but traffic sucked. Oh, and our 5 star hotel, don’t drink the water. Not potable. They give you unlimited bottled water to drink and brush teeth with. Remember to keep your mouth shut when showering.
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    Went to the mall to feed my addiction.
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    Two extra large Blizzards for 90 Baht. ($3). Score!
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    Funny signs.
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    Marketing tip: don’t include a word like semen in your restaurant name.
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    Huge tree at the mall.
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    And Sweet vintage rig as part of some antique show.
  19. VACommuter

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    Not all fun and games. Maintaining my svelt 230 pound physique doesn’t just happen. Cranked out a workout every day at 0400 at the hotel gym.
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    So you are 7'6"? Pictures are deceiving! :-)
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