While walking on Anawratha Rd I saw two locals playing chess in a local shaded yard - one old man and one young tall guy. I watched them for a few minutes, and eventually the young guy lost the game. He then invited me with hand gestures to play against the winner. Even though I haven't played for few years, I couldn't refuse the invitation...
I played against the old man for about 45 mins. We didn't quite finish the game - he had to catch a train back home... We declared it a draw (although he was probably going to win the game), and the small local crowd (10-15 locals who stood aside) was pretty satisfied. So was I. (-:
We visited the Zaans Museum in Zaandam (1509 Av Zaandam, Zaandijk), 13 Km north of Amsterdam. Entry fee for the museum is 9€ for adults and 5€ for children (4-17). You can also see thousand and more windmills alongside the Zaan river, or shop for some traditional dutch artifacts which are sold in the shops around. The place also offer boat cruises, but we didn’t had the time.
Our next stop is Karaoke. Karaoke-kan is a popular karaoke chain with locations all over Tokyo ( look for the blue sign with red writing over it). If you ever seen the movie “Lost in translation” you probably remember the scene were Bob and Charlotte go to Karaoke with their Japanese friends. Rooms 601&602 at the Shibuya branch was used for this scene.
Address: 30-8 Udagawachō Shibuya-ku
We went to the second pier to hear see the Urgule – playing as a result of the waves crashing to the cracks of the wharf. It is amazing hearing the music echoing from down below. We joined a Japanese group receiving an English explanation and progressed with them to the organ, but since it was a cloudy morning we missed the viewing experience.
Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre:
However, wherever you sit, Phantom of the Opera is not to be missed. Tickests are expensive like all shows in London. You can get reasonable prices if you opt for the Balcony (limited legs room) or the Stalls.
The show, building, staging and the set are stunning. Once-in-life experience.
The 2013 lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Portishead, Public Image LTD, The Horrors, Public Enemy, Sinead O’Connor, Devendra Banhart, Rodriguez, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Johnny Marr among others.
Another cool location from “Lost in translation” is the bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in Shinjuku. Bob spends most of his nights in the New York Bar on the hotel's top floor. The bar offers an amazing view of Tokyo and great jazz music.
Be aware that the bar is very expensive, and that a 2,000 Yen cover fee applies after 8pm (7pm on Sundays).
Another package we bought from SagolTravel were tickets to the FantaSea (http://www.phuket-fantasea.com/index2.php). Again this package included pick up from the hotel around 17:30 and a ride to the show and back.
We were told that the show was an amazing Vegas style show, and the whole area is like Disney Land/World- like theme park with many attractions to the kids.
Bottom line - we were disappointed. The park itself is nice with many Thai related street shows, but the ratio between the shops and the attractions is too high.
You can take photos with the show's elephants (with pay), or white tiger cubs (more pay). The show itself includes acrobats and elephants doing some tricks and dances.
If you've seen some Vegas/Broadway show in your life, you may skip this. Nothing you've never seen.