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Inter-Thailand Flights   Bangkok Airways (PG)

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Required Mileage: Transferable from SPG. JAL uses a distance based award chart and allows up to a maximum of 7 stopovers (8 segments). To figure out how many points you will need, add up the total amount of miles that will be flown (can do this on GCMap.com) and then find the appropriate row in the award chart (http://www.ar.jal.com/ar/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html). If you are traveling before 3/31/2017 there is a promotion for trips up to 4,000 miles (see http://www.jal.co.jp/121campaign/pg_discount/index_en.html for reduced mileage rates). The promotion makes JAL the best award redemption option for PG flights. 

Booking the Flight: The only way to find out if there is availability on the flight that you want is to call JAL. Recommended that you do so before transferring points. JAL doesn't allow you to hold a reservation so you have to hope that the flight doesn't get booked up while you're waiting for the point transfer to go through. Once the points post to your JAL account, call JAL back to book.
+1 800-525-3663 (5:00 - 18:00 PT) press 1 - 4 - JAL membership number - # - pin - # - 0 (for human or 1 for computer search)

Traveling with Infant: Tell JAL that you are flying with a lap child. They will put the infant on the reservation, but they will also tell you that you need to call PG directly to get the infant's ticket issued and pay for any taxes etc. JAL will only charge you for the adults on the reservation. Unless you speak Thai, calling PG won't work (when you press 9 for English when calling any of the Asian offices, the message will tell you to go to their website, and the office in Germany can't issue tickets). To add the infant, send an email to reservation@bangkokair.com with your confirmation number and tell them you want to have the lap infant's ticket issued. They will email you back with the price (data point: it was ~$96USD for CNX-USM-HKG for me) and ask you to reply with your cc info split into two separate emails for security (one email with first 8 digits, exp. and name on card, second email with last 8 digits, cvv, and billing address). I believe they only take Visa or MC. You'll then get an email back with confirmation.

Baggage Allowance: Economy passengers are allowed 20kg, infants (and dolls) are allowed 10kg. Excess weight on domestic flights will incur a charge of 80thb ($2.25ish) per kilo. International overage fee chart can be found here. Join the PG FlyingBonus program to receive an additional 10kg.

Contacting PG: In general, if you have any questions, the only way to speak with them in English besides email is PG Live Chat. You can find the link if you log in to your Flyer Bonus account. Chat reps are very helpful.

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Bangkok   BKK/DMK

Hotels                                              Activities                                          Chabad                                                                Additional Info
Viengtai Hotel (Ohr Menachem)
Davis Hotel (Beth Elisheva)
Shangr-La (Even Chen)
Sheraton Resort (Hua Hin)
Riva Surya
Kao Sahn Rd
Night Markets (near stadium)
Shopping Malls
Grand Palace
Kanchanaburi (2 hrs away)
Floating Markets
Beth Elisheva (Financial & Shopping district)
Even Chen
Ohr Menachem (Kao Sahn Rd)
ALWAYS use meter in taxis and
   try to say destination in Thai - if you
   need help with numbers as Cbs ;)
(Free) sim in airport at kiosks -(true move(h- sim), dtac
   (happy(micro) sim for iPhone)
Songkran (water fight week)- April 13th!
Kosherthailand.com
BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
Public Transport
Domestic flights:
   Air Asia, Tiger Air, Thai, Bangkok Air
Tailor:
   Rajawongse




Phuket/Patong/Koh Phi Phi/Krabi   HKT/KBV

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Westin
JW Marriott
Sala Resort
Sheraton Krabi
The Pavilions
Holiday Inn Koh Phi Phi
Ritz Carlton Reserve
places w/ private pools
Beaches
Monkey Show
Cable Skiing
Longtail Boats
Island Tour
Koh Phi Phi:
Diving
Fire Show (wed is biggest)
Maya Bay (full day trip)
Nice Lookouts
Kayaking (to Monkey Beach)
Thai Boxing
Beware of summer weather; monsoon season
Best weather: Jan - May
Island Tour (can be done as a day trip or overnight):
   Andaman River, Maya Bay, Similian Islands, Krabi Islands,
   Koh Lanta (Emerald Cave)




Koh Samui   USM

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                          Additional Info
The Conrad
Sunday Resort
Sheraton
Le Meridian
The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
Fx Hotel (Near Chabad)
Beaches
Diving (Koa Phangan, Koh Tao)
Ang Thong Marine Park Islands
Water Sports (at chaweng and boh phut),
Safari Island (elephants, tigers, zip line)
Scooter (around island)
Kayaking $30
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Island trip w/ snorkeling
The Conrad will gladly make arrangements with
   the Chabad restaurant for Kosher food. Email them at usmks.fb@conradhotels.com




Chiang Mai   CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Le Meridien (10 min. Walk to Chabad)
Shangri La (2 min. Walk to Chabad)
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Sukantara Cascade Resort
Maese Elephant Show
Maetaeng Elephant Park
Patara Elephant Farm
Thai Elephant Home
Thoms Pai Elephant Camp
Bamboo Rafting
Tiger Kingdom
Monkey Shows
Snake Shows
Crocodile Shows
Zip Lining
Trekking
White Water Rafting
Longneck Tribe
Gun Shooting
Night Safari
Temples/Palaces
Chiang Mai River Boat (To Cooking School)
Extreme Sports!
Repelling
Caving,
ATVing
Bungee
Segways
Rent motorbikes (5$ day)
3D museum right down the road from Chabad
   (if you have an hour or two to kill)
Sunday Market (ratchadamonoen  Rd, old city)
Night Market (Changklan Rd, near Chabad & Le Meridien)
Sat Night Market (Wua Lai)
Tiger Kingdom is best in morning
Use ישראל 669  as travel agent for trips
   (next door to Chabad)
Recommended Zip Line: Flight of Gibbon or Flying Squirrel,
   can be reserved through Yackov (המרכז המטייל)
   for best price.
When reserving tours, ask for a discount due to
   using your own transportation
Tailors:
   CM Tailors
His and Hers- 3 minute walk from LM on the way to chabbad.




Chiang Rai   CEI/4hr drive from CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Le Meridien
Four Seasons Tent Camp Golden Triangle
Black House
Queens Residence
Night market
Day trip to Burma/Myanmar
Waterfalls
White Temple
Ruaamit elephant camp
Pai village (3 hr drive)
Hot Springs
Scooters
Golden Triangle

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: May 13, 2011, 12:49:21 PM »
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: May 13, 2011, 01:05:46 PM »
Probably.
Looks like I could change my ticket to arrive in BKK the afternoon before.
But its going to cost $90 to change plus $70 to get to the city to catch the flight.
Would probably end up adding up to too much to justify 12 hours more.

Definitely going to do some and one day get back to do it all.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: May 13, 2011, 01:23:04 PM »
Looks like I could change my ticket to arrive in BKK the afternoon before.
But its going to cost $90 to change plus $70 to get to the city to catch the flight.
Would probably end up adding up to too much to justify 12 hours more.

Definitely going to do some and one day get back to do it all.
What day are you currently arriving in BKK?
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: May 13, 2011, 08:58:41 PM »
What day are you currently arriving in BKK?
Monday morning.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: May 14, 2011, 05:51:28 PM »
I wouldn't risk it if you have only that one day.. depending on weather sometimes Air Asia could be delayed (also depends on season you are planning on traveling)

I would stick to BKK to be safe.. there are plenty of markets in BKK, decent tailors an chabad house is a nice stop as well..

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: May 14, 2011, 10:30:55 PM »
Monday morning.
So you can be in CNX (Chiang Mai) on Sunday?
One of my regrets (besides for not tailoring clothes) was not being in CNX on Sunday night for the famous Sunday night market that everyone was talking about.
If you can change your ticket to arrive Sunday, I would do it.  You'll have plenty of time to also stop for food in the Chabad house, stay in the excellent Le Meridian, and then hit up the animal shows on Monday.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: May 15, 2011, 01:49:09 AM »
So you can be in CNX (Chiang Mai) on Sunday?
One of my regrets (besides for not tailoring clothes) was not being in CNX on Sunday night for the famous Sunday night market that everyone was talking about.
If you can change your ticket to arrive Sunday, I would do it.  You'll have plenty of time to also stop for food in the Chabad house, stay in the excellent Le Meridian, and then hit up the animal shows on Monday.
The Motzei Shabbos flight is now available. So I can arrive in BKK, Sunday 5:30am.
If I can add BKK-CNX-BKK to my ticket it'll only cost $90 change fee.

As of now, my continuing flight from BKK is Monday 7:30pm.

If I wanted to go to Chiang Mai and get some clothes tailored, should I go straight to CNX Sunday morning, see the animal shows, see the market at night and fly back to BKK Monday early enough to get to the tailor OR
Go to the tailor Sunday morning (are they open Sunday?), then go to CNX, see the night markets and then go to the animal shows Monday?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: May 15, 2011, 01:52:42 AM »
The Motzei Shabbos flight is now available. So I can arrive in BKK, Sunday 5:30am.
If I can add BKK-CNX-BKK to my ticket it'll only cost $90 change fee.

As of now, my continuing flight from BKK is Monday 7:30pm.

If I wanted to go to Chiang Mai and get some clothes tailored, should I go straight to CNX Sunday morning, see the animal shows, see the market at night and fly back to BKK Monday early enough to get to the tailor OR
Go to the tailor Sunday morning (are they open Sunday?), then go to CNX, see the night markets and then go to the animal shows Monday?
Why do you need to go to BKK at all?
You can spend 2 great days/1 night in CNX.
There are plenty of tailors in CNX.  I'm not sure if they're open on Sunday or what their turnaround time is though.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: May 15, 2011, 02:00:05 AM »
Why do you need to go to BKK at all?
You can spend 2 great days/1 night in CNX.
There are plenty of tailors in CNX.  I'm not sure if they're open on Sunday or what their turnaround time is though.
I don't have to, only the tailors that I've heard recommended are all in BKK (guessing that's just where most people get their stuff done). Anyone know a good tailor in Chiang Mai?

That would be great. TG has availability 7:45-9:05 on Sunday morning, returning 5:05-6:15pm Monday. Is 1:15 cutting too close to connect in BKK.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: May 15, 2011, 02:09:27 AM »
I don't have to, only the tailors that I've heard recommended are all in BKK (guessing that's just where most people get their stuff done). Anyone know a good tailor in Chiang Mai?

That would be great. TG has availability 7:45-9:05 on Sunday morning, returning 5:05-6:15pm Monday. Is 1:15 cutting too close to connect in BKK.
Is it a TG-TG connection?  Should be fine.  I wouldn't do an Air Asia connection like that though.

I know one couple we met at the Chabad house on Shabbos was raving about a CNX tailor that they always use, but we were leaving Sunday afternoon. 
The young shluchim there are GREAT.  Give him a call or drop him a email to see if he might know of any tailors that he or others use.

Walking down the main street in CNX (Chabad, Le Meridian, and the daily night market-not the sunday night market are on the same street)  you'll pass by dozens of insanely cheap tailors and massage places.  Just don't forget that bargaining is the name of the game here.
They may ask for 1,000 Baht (~$30) for the La Coste or Ralph Lauren knockoff polo but they'll go down to 120 (~$4).  Same for an all-day driver to the animal places.

Look at Chikky's earlier post in this thread for more CNX activities like rafting, etc.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: May 15, 2011, 02:28:05 AM »
Is it a TG-TG connection?  Should be fine.  I wouldn't do an Air Asia connection like that though.

I know one couple we met at the Chabad house on Shabbos was raving about a CNX tailor that they always use, but we were leaving Sunday afternoon. 
The young shluchim there are GREAT.  Give him a call or drop him a email to see if he might know of any tailors that he or others use.

Walking down the main street in CNX (Chabad, Le Meridian, and the daily night market-not the sunday night market are on the same street)  you'll pass by dozens of insanely cheap tailors and massage places.  Just don't forget that bargaining is the name of the game here.
They may ask for 1,000 Baht (~$30) for the La Coste or Ralph Lauren knockoff polo but they'll go down to 120 (~$4).  Same for an all-day driver to the animal places.

Look at Chikky's earlier post in this thread for more CNX activities like rafting, etc.
Yep, TG-TG.

Do you have details for the driver?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: May 15, 2011, 02:32:20 AM »
Yep, TG-TG.

Do you have details for the driver?
Just negotiate with any taxi in CNX.  Figure on negotiating 700-800 Baht for a driver to take you around all day.  Don't go to the animal parks by Tuk-Tuk but be sure to take one at some point during your stay,
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: May 15, 2011, 03:21:22 AM »
Looks like there is C&P's available which is awesome.

Officially, check in is 3pm. Any chance I can check in in the morning? Or at least drop my bag off?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: May 15, 2011, 09:31:01 AM »
Looks like there is C&P's available which is awesome.

Officially, check in is 3pm. Any chance I can check in in the morning? Or at least drop my bag off?

Most hotels, have a storage room for bags, when u check-in early, or check-out late.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: May 15, 2011, 10:10:55 AM »
When are you going? summer is not high season for thailand so good chance you can check in early....

Not sure about CNX tailors but in general you have to watch who you buy from... In BKK I have used and can only recommend Rajawongse Tailer (dress-for-success.com) CNX may have some decent but I doubt it will be as good quality as BKK especially for shirts..