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Inter-Thailand Flights   Bangkok Airways (PG)

PG flights are bookable on points through JAL, CX, EY and AB.

JAL
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 #90 on: May 15, 2011, 10:34:17 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..


Next month.

So would you recommend spending some time in BKK to get some clothes tailored or will it take too much time away from Chiang Mai?
How long does it take for them to measure you up? I presume they can make it and then ship it to you, correct?

Currently, I can do the following,
Arr. BKK Sun.5:30
Sun BKK-CNX, 7:45-9:05

Mon CNX-BKK 17:05-18:15
Depart BKK 19:30
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: May 15, 2011, 12:32:07 PM »
Email to ask for early check-in: reservations.chiangmai@lemeridien.com

I didn't leave the BKK airport, but I don't think the airport is close to where you would want to be-it's a very sprawling city.

Chiang Mai is much more compact.
There definitely are good tailors in CNX-I just don't know who they are.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: May 15, 2011, 10:14:02 PM »
Seems like the tailors are closed Sunday (at least Chikky's one).

To get back to BKK earlier on Monday would mean leaving in the mid-morning.(No midday, early afternoon flight available.)
I don't think its worth missing a day in Chiang Mai for the difference in quality of the shirts (if there is one).

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: May 15, 2011, 10:16:14 PM »
Seems like the tailors are closed Sunday (at least Chikky's one).

To get back to BKK earlier on Monday would mean leaving in the mid-morning.(No midday, early afternoon flight available.)
I don't think its worth missing a day in Chiang Mai for the difference in quality of the shirts (if there is one).
Nope, enjoy the time in CNX-Fun little city!

I'm not sure if the regular night market goes on as usual on Sunday, but if it does check that out as well.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: May 15, 2011, 10:27:46 PM »
Is everything very time consuming or can you get from one thing to another quite quickly?

Dan, from your trip report (ye, some of us read it and appreciate it ;)), it seems like you did most of the activities on one day? Were you very pressed for time the whole day? You mentiontaking the elephant ride at the show for that reason.

Trying to figure what I can realistically fit in 1.5 days. Want to do as much as possible but don't want to be run off my feet rushing from place to place without enjoying...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: May 15, 2011, 10:33:35 PM »
Is everything very time consuming or can you get from one thing to another quite quickly?

Dan, from your trip report (ye, some of us read it and appreciate it ;)), it seems like you did most of the activities on one day? Were you very pressed for time the whole day? You mentiontaking the elephant ride at the show for that reason.

Trying to figure what I can realistically fit in 1.5 days. Want to do as much as possible but don't want to be run off my feet rushing from place to place without enjoying...
All of the animal stuff is in the same area and can be done fairly quickly.
We did it on a short Friday so we didn't do the elephant ride at the other place and didn't go rafting, etc.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: May 16, 2011, 09:04:55 AM »
Bugger.
Had an Aeroplan agent willing to add BKK-CNX-BKK to my award ticket. Didnt pull the trigger cos I was wasnt sure.

Now they wont do it (its not allowed) so Im going to have to pay.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: May 16, 2011, 09:31:28 AM »
Bugger.
Had an Aeroplan agent willing to add BKK-CNX-BKK to my award ticket. Didnt pull the trigger cos I was wasnt sure.

Now they wont do it (its not allowed) so Im going to have to pay.

Try again and again and again. Eventually you'll find someone

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: May 16, 2011, 09:39:12 AM »
So, back to Air Asia.

I can arrive BBK 5:30am Sunday.

Air Asia has a flight at 6:40am. Is that too tight?
Otherwise the next flight is at 10:30am.

On Monday, I leave BKK 7:30pm.
The Air Asia flight before that is 2:35-3:45pm.

Cost: THB3955 ($130)

The TG flights I wanted were,
BKK-CNX, 7:45-9:05am Sunday
CNX-BKK, 5:05-6:15pm Monday

I can buy them for $264/$333 Economy/Business. Is it worth the extra money to spend 5 hours longer in Chiang Mai, smoother connections and nicer flights?

If I have bags, will they check them all the way through in/out of CNX, being that it will be two seperate tickets? (Both arriving and departing flights are on the same airline, TG)

Perhaps there is another low cost airline that will work better?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: May 16, 2011, 09:42:33 AM »
Try again and again and again. Eventually you'll find someone
On my fourth try.
Couple agents have started doing it and then realized that I must transit BKK twice. Then they say its not allowed...

Damaxer, you're a gentleman and a scholar.

It was again and again and again AND again but I got an agent to process it. Just hope the re-ticketing isnt manual and someone else notices :-\
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: May 18, 2011, 09:16:16 AM »
So, back to Air Asia.

I can arrive BBK 5:30am Sunday.

Air Asia has a flight at 6:40am. Is that too tight?
Otherwise the next flight is at 10:30am.


Definitely too early, you have to clear customs...

Be sure to check Bangkokair as well... very good airline slightly higher class than Air Asia...

You really don't need a lot of time everywhere.. the animals are near each other. monkey shows run basically on the hour, elephant show if a little more tricky, plan around it if you want to go.

My priority list would be:
Tigers
Elephants riding/Bamboo rafting
Monkeys

Night market is great...

Leave some free time to just hang out and take it easy

Tailoring is very fast, they measure you and you choose your fabrics. They can ship to the US for you..

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: May 18, 2011, 10:50:53 AM »
At the Mai se (sp?) Elephant show (highly recommended how and incredibly inexpensive!)  you ride on a carriage on top of the elephant.  I assume at the other place you ride directly on the elephant?

Also at the Tiger Kingdom they have like 4 different sizes of tigers.  Infants were the most expensive, then the kids, and the medium and large tigers were the cheapest.  They also sell combo packages.
We did the mediums.

They also sell a CD of your photographs for 300THB (~$10) but we just brought our camera into the cage where there are 3 people helping you out for the 15 minutes you get in there.  There were more than happy taking hundreds of pictures with my camera in exchange for a tip.  I gave them 100THB and they seemed very happy with it.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: May 18, 2011, 12:56:06 PM »
Maese Elephant camp (http://www.maesaelephantcamp.com/ for show times)

I think it's worth paying the photographer fees at the Tiger Kingdom, they are not professional photographers but they got to know their camera settings (Nikon d90 when I was there) and there pictures were fabulous (the ones they took with my similar nikon weren't as good)... I would recommend the biggest tigers, it's unbelievable.. infants are good for families..

At all elephant camps you ride on a saddle/carriage... riding directly is only available in places where they teach you to be a mahout..

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: May 18, 2011, 04:48:03 PM »
Thanks for all the help.
 
Got the BKK-CNX-BKK in TG J added to my ticket so if all goes well ill arrive CNX 9:05am Sunday and depart Monday 5:05pm.

Do I have to pick up my bags in BKK, clear customs and recheck them or will TG check them all the way to CNX and clear customs there?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: May 18, 2011, 04:55:13 PM »
At all elephant camps you ride on a saddle/carriage... riding directly is only available in places where they teach you to be a mahout..
So what's the advantage of riding somewhere besides Maese?

Thanks for all the help.
 
Got the BKK-CNX-BKK in TG J added to my ticket so if all goes well ill arrive CNX 9:05am Sunday and depart Monday 5:05pm.

Do I have to pick up my bags in BKK, clear customs and recheck them or will TG check them all the way to CNX and clear customs there?
I flew Air Asia which has no interlining, so we had to claim and recheck.  Not sure about TG-TG.
On the outbound we flew TG from CNX and checked through BKK to HKG on CX.
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