Photo TR: tokyo Disney and Bangkok

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Photo TR: tokyo Disney and Bangkok

Postby aslinterpreter » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:56 pm

Hello everyone, my wife april and I went back to asia again this year, we try to get out of the US a couple of times a year and this time we chose Thailand and Japan. Most americans stop at tokyo because they dont want to fly the ectra 7 hours to get to thailand, but it is so worth it! we were supposed to go to this theme park called dreamworld, but we slept thru the time we were going to get picked up by the park to go(jet lag really sucks, even after traveling the world several times i cant figure out how to beat it!) I will post a few pics from thailand because it is such an awesome place then also will post some pics from disney.
our flight was kansas city-dallas-tokyo-bangkok total of about 23 hours in the air. our plane was late into tokyo so we had to spend the night there on the way then took singapore airlines, the number one rated airline in the world, into bangkok. if you have never flown on a foreign airline you are really missing out! they are way above most all US carriers.

The thai people are all very welcoming and will always "wai" to you when passing and say sawadee krup which is like good day. we spend a week and half in bangkok then flew to tokyo for disney. we have been to all the US disney parks but this was a first foreign park for us. we hit disneyland the night we arrived and deisney sea then next day. during both days there we saw a total of 3 non japanese people!!!!! they are crazy about disney in japan!!! and the girls wear tight little mini skirts and high heel boots around the park all day!!!!!! plus all the crazy disney hats and gloves.
this was our first time in japan, we had spend a lot of thime in thailand before, but not in japan. I thought that the Thai people were short, but the Japanese are way shorter! I didnt fit into the hotel bathroom and was tto tall to ride raging spirits, I rode it anyway! We can also speak thai a little but not japanses at all so we had a bit harder time there.
disney sea was awesome, and we loved TOT!!!! Journey was also great and maybe my favorite ride at either park. i shot a video of it but have no idea how to get it up onto the site.

We got to TDS about 20 min before it opened and the crowd was already huge! April took my picute and i look like a giant! EVERYONE ran to TOT to get a FP, the line just to get the FP went way down over the bridge! I have never seen anything like it before! when we rode it, there was only a 45 min wait. we really liked the story line and the ride itself.
Even the characters at the park are short, when i got my picture taken with them, they all acted like I was so tall, and then all the japanses people waiting for thier picture woould just laugh!!! it was also weird that the japanese people wanted to take my picture or have thier pic taken with me.
anyway at TDS we rode, TOT, journey, indy, raging spirits, and that was about it i think. there were so many people there as you can tell by the pictures.

it was weird that TDS had a bunch of weird rules about taking pictures, but when the gates finally opened in the moring, everyone RAN full speed to TOT and nobody said a thing. But then I try to take a picture inside a ride and the are signing camera, then make a big X with their arms??? so sprinting is ok, pictures are not!

if you have any questions about our trip feel free to ask1
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this is Bed Supper Club in Bangkok. you lay in bed and eat dinner while the DJ spins music.
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our bed at bed supper club
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April and two of the chicks at bed supper club
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our hotel, Marriott resort and spa riverside
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all the flags are for the king. he has been on the throne for 60 years and everyone loves him!!!
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flower market
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our cooking school at the Basil restauraunt
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April getting measured for her new clothes. In bangkok, tailored clothes are cheaper than off the rack stuff in the US
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me doing the same thing
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KFC in bangkok. not exactly the same as home. everything is very spicy!
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the bangkok mascot. its a very long story!!!!
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this is the dinner I cooked at the cooking school. it was delicious!
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Food for the monks. if you feed them it brings you good merit. April wasnt allowed to touch them and had to hold my arm as i gave them her food!
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offering the monks food. you have to take your shoes off and stoop down while they pray for you.
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eels that tha thai people eat. we bought some and let them go for more merit. we are baptist so we dont get some of the buddah stuff.
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Sushi??? you see this sight often in the market. you pick your fish and they hack it up right there!
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this is a ypical bangkok shop. we bought stuff to give to the monks in the temple. mostly medicine.
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us and the monk after we gave the medicine and he sprayed water on our heads
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the famous bangkok toilet
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the monkeys were awesome!!! they swam right up to our boat!
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this was our dinner we ate in this house on stilts over the ocean
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house on stilts
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more monkeys
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this is at mcds, many of the thai people were eating whatever this was
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thai boxing, these kids start when they are 12!!!! we sat ringside and the fights were great!
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more thai boxing
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the only church in bangkok
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bangkok traffic is horrible!!!!!
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this is all the crap we bought in Bangkok. everything is so cheap!!!
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like i said, everyone loves the king!
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the monorail in tokyo. we didnt know you have to pay to ride it. we thought it was the same as the US!!!!
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jack from nightmare before christmas
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we ate a light snack from here. the nachos were weird!!!
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its a small world. it was aprils first time for this at any of the parks
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can you find the american????
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what was she wearing???
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right inside TDS. we were standing on a bench for the pic and this guy made us get down. but sprinting to TOT is ok?
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my favorite ride!!!!
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inside journey
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raging spirits
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April and me right before they tried to tell me i was too tall to ride!!!
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Tower of Terror. great story line, even tho it was ALL in japanese i still think we figured it out:)
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April in only 5 feet tall and never the same height as the characters!!
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I was on one knee for this pic!!!!!!! thats the height difference between us!
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these girls wanted to take their picture with april. most all the girls did the V for victory sign in their pictures
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a japanese dinsey wedding
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this bus went less than one block to the monorail station!!!!
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disney bus
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this is me trying to get into our bathroom at the hilton tokyo bay. i look like a giant!!
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this picture is our of order, but this woman sat in our bangkok hotel all day and played music!
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one last picture of the mcdonalds in bkk. hope you enjoyed everything about our trip. Jeffrey and April

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Postby SharkTums » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:09 pm

The running thing at Tokyo Disney is one thing that you cannot convey until you see it. People literally sprint and nearly knock each other down once the gates open! For a society that is so polite and nice, it's an odd thing for sure!

Great TR! Very interesting stuff! Thanks for posting.

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Postby Gnome » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:20 pm

aslinterpreter, how tall are you by the way? Or is it just that the japanese are very short, and as a result structures such as doorways just aren't built as tall as they are in the US?
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Postby Ryan King » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:20 pm

I REALLY Enjoyed this report! It really shows what these countries have to offer besides thier awesome amusement parks. Thats one thing I look forward to when I visit other countries, is to see more of the culture and such like you did!

Awesome!

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Postby restoca » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:36 pm

I have wondered if Togo's coaster trains are designed for smaller people, or if they're just uncomfortable for riders of any height. I've ridden five of them in the US and each time have thought the average Japanese person must be smaller than the average American.

Really enjoyed your interesting photos and narration. I hope you'll share your next adventure as well!

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Postby buttonman700 » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:49 am

Great report, thanks for posting.

Out of curiosity, how tall are you? (wanting know sowhen I go I'm not bashing my head into doors!)

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Postby arrowfanman » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:16 am

Great report!

I went to Bangkok this past summer and was there for the kings actual 60th anniversary. I even made it to Dreamland, as well! Where were you?...reminds me of the "weekend market" swap meet we went too.


As for going to TDR...I envy you.

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Postby Blazen_AZN » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:32 am

I Pretty much hate myself.

I went to tokyo a few years back and didn't know there was such thing as DisneySeas. :(

Missed an opportunity to go (didn't even bother with the disney land they had, i knew that was there though).

Nice trip report. Asia is an awsome place and i'd love to go back someday. Preferably one when people aren't paranoid about SARS or somthing.

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Postby Gutterflower » Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:35 am

Hey
Nice report :)
I lived in bangkok for a while and love it. its just mad yet everyone is polite and gracious too. its bizzare.

Anyway ive been trying to figure out where that photo of the traffic is taken? From what i can remember it looks like its outside the (HUGE) MBK shopping center where the 2 skytrain lines meet?

I also love the KFC prices over there :) 95baht is about £1.30 ($2.60) for a meal. which is about 3 times cheaper than over here lol

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Postby aslinterpreter » Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:30 am

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the report.

The funny thing is that I am not that tall for here in the US, I am 6'3"!

You are exactly right about the traffic picture! It is at Siam station right by MBK, that was one of our favorite places to shop. I go tmy hair cut in MBK, and it took about any hour becasue half of the time was the scalp, neck, and shoulder massage! All for abuot $8! Then go to eat up on the 6th floor some really good food for about $2 including a Singha!

arrowfanman, we always go to the weekend market to! I have a video of it this year, i have never seen so much different crap being sold in the same place. this guy tried to get me to buy this venemous snake and take it home in an empty pepsi bottle, then when i got to the airport he told me to just put the bottle down my pants and nobody at customs will know i have it! Now, i bought a lot of weird things throughout my years but never a venemous snake in a pepsi bottle!

if you have any more questions let me know!

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