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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Thailand and Thoughts on the Japan Trip

Thailand's been great so far. We toured Bangkok for a day and then headed for Pattya. So far I'm enjoying Pattaya much more than Bangkok, though that's probably due to the beach resort nature of Pattya. Bangkok's cool but very crowded, right in all the midst of the urban sprawl. In Bangkok we visited the Temple Palace which is an old imperial temple of Thailand that hasn't been open to tourists until just three years ago. We all managed to snag quite a few good pictures and some video to boot.

For our first day here in Pattya we visited a jewelry store which is supposodly one of the largest in the world. Thailand's known for its Rubies and Saphires I guess, so the jewelry industry is pretty big over here. We also visited an Island just off the coast of Thailand. They had Para-Sailing, Jet Skiing and Banana boats and we had a great time playing in the sun (I got to steer a Jet Ski for a first, wonder why it's taken me so long to jet ski :-D).

Tomorrow we'll be checking out of our hotel in Pattya and heading back to Bangkok for one final day before we catch our return flight home.

Now on to Japan...

The Japan Trip was fabulous, I wish I could've spent more time in Japan instead of having two different destinations spread out over the same vacation time. Still, I loved the trip all the same and if I can, I'd really like to go back. Because of time constraints we weren't able hit a few distinations I'd have loved to have seen, like Kyoto or Akihabara, but it was great none the less. I did get to see Tokyo and Mt. Fuji and for that I'm happy. The weather's been cold in Japan and the Cherry Blossoms were late in blooming so the screnery wasn't perhaps as lovely as it could have been (it rained most of time we were there) but regardless we did see just a little bit of Sakura blooming which was nice.

I really loved the atmosphere in Japan. You can wandering the streets of Tokyo as a foreigner almost worry free, not like Thailand which is a little more shady. The only real down side of the trip is that our tour guide was kind of a loser. He seemed pretty lazy and tried to trick us in to tipping him more than he diserved. Ironically, our Thailand tour guide is great. She's really providing us a good time here.

I wish I could post some of the photos from the trip to my gallery page but I'm in an Internet Cafe just adjacent to our hotel and I'm not sure I'll be able to transfer the photos onto this computer so that I can upload them. Worse comes to worse, everything's getting posted as soon as I get back.

That's all the time I have for now. I might be able to post when I get to Narita Airport on the return trip. Otherwise, cya'll when I hit state side!
Saturday, March 27, 2004
We're in Narita airport about to depart to Thailand! Japan was a blast, I wish we could have stayed longer, but we're off to Thailand now to have some more fun :-). I'll try to post some photos as soon as I get the chance. Ja ne!
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Tokyo First Day

Well, we`re in Tokyo about to embark on our first day. I don't have much time at this station, and we've got to leave soon, but I thought I'd let everyone know that we've arrived safe and sound :-). Peace.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
We're at SFO right now :-). I'm glad I paid for this T-Mobile account (even though it's an arm and a leg every month). I've posted some photos to the gallery site. No photos of Japan of yet.
Monday, March 22, 2004

I added a Japan/Thailand album to the Gallery site. I'll be posting photo highlights to the page as soon as I get the chance (which might not be until after the trip if I can't find Internet access unfortunately :-(). For now, those who are interested can stare at a blank page at the Japan/Thailand Album. Enjoy ;-).
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Here's the itinerary:

Day 1: Departure from San francisco Airport (SFO) to Narita, Japan via Japan Airlines.

Day 2: Arrival in Narita, Japan and check-in to the Washington Hotel, we have dinner and collapse.

Day 3: The Full Day Tokyo Excursion
*Visit the Meiji temple
*Visit Sensoji temple
*Visit the Imperial Palace
*Visit Nakamise Street
*Visit the famous Ginza District
*Visit Ginza Toy Park
*Visit Pallette Town (Recently Opened)
*Visit the Sega Joyopolis
*Visit the Venus Fort
*Visit the Mega-Web Toyota Showcase
*Visit the Hello Kitty shop
*Visit the famous Shinjuku shopping district and the Shinjuku Electronic Street

Check into the prince hotel and collapse.

Day 4:
*Visit Yokohama
*Visit the Raumen Museum
*Visit Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha)
*Visit Mt. Fuji
*Visit the Famous Shabu Shabu hot springs

Check in to the Kawakuchiko Hotel

Day 5: Full day excursion to Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji)
*Visit the fifth station
*Visit Lake Ashi (Spanish Cruise)
*Visit Hakone National Park
*Visit Owakudani Valley
*Visit Peace Park

Check-in to the Washington Hotel in Narita (again?)

Day 6: Departure from Narita, Japan via Japan Airlines to Bangkok, Thailand

*Visit the Great Palace
*Visit the Temple of Emerald
*Enjoy the Klong Boat Tour
*Visit the Temple of Dawn
*Enjoy the Menam river Dinner Cruise
*Visit the four face Buddah

Check in to the Montien Riverside Hotel

Day 7:
*Visit the Ancient City
*Visit the Crocodile Farm
*Visit the World Famous Beach Resort
*Visit the Nong Nooch Village
*Enjoy the Tiffany Musical Show

Check in to the Siam Bayview Hotel

Day 8:
*Relax at Pattaya
*Visit Coral Island
*Enjoy the glass bottom boat tour

Stay at the siam bayview hotel

Day 9:
*Visit the snake farm in Bangkok
*Visit the Thailand Specialty factories
*Visit the World Trade Center
*Enjoy Thai Classical Dance

Check in to the Emerald Hotel

Day 10: Departure from Bangkok via JAL for San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Japan Trip

The trip is scheduled from March 23rd to April 1st. Our flight leaves around 11:00am PST the morning of the 23rd. I'll post the itenerary when I get home later tonight. I just bought an iBook a few days ago with a wireless card and I'm currently chillin' in the Davis Borders right now, surfin' the web and lovin' it ;-). I'll post some pics of the my dream machine to the gallery page when I get the chance.

Time to pack. I've way to much to do before I tear outta here.

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