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Thailand Master Thread Dear Friends,

 I am planning a trip to Thailand later this month and I have seen online all of the great work that Chabad is doing there. I would love to hear eyewitness reports from anyone who has been to the Chabad Restaurants in Phuket or Chiang Mai. How's the food?  Have you spent Shabbos there?

Thanks a lot,
Dave


July 07, 2008, 11:25:09 AM
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay? I think that the Swiss have outstanding balances with enough Yidden that you can live without the guilt... It sure didn't bother them..
October 13, 2010, 04:31:27 PM
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Re: Maldives trip planning
Going to the Maldives in June.. I noticed there isn't a thread dedicated to this so I figured worth starting one.

I am going biz with Qatar and returning biz via SIN-ICN-SFO (2 singapore business legs, and ICN-SFO on united biz)

I'm having a hard time deciding on resort.. We're taking our 1yr old there... so I'm probably not interested in Over Water, probably interested in beach villa.

I want a resort which is on the quieter side, where we won't see too many people.. very picturesque and decent house reef.

Another point, I leave MLE at 11:30pm... so I probably want one of the resorts accessible by speed boat, as that way I can stay at resort until late and arrive at airport just before flight.. if I need sea plane they can't guarantee schedule and they can send you at noon or 1pm and you're stuck at the airport..

I am open to considering the Conrad Rangali as they said there's a good chance I can take a late plane out at 5pm or so.. if anyone has been there would love to here how private the villas are...

Lots of great hotel options so very hard to chose. Currently my best options seems to be the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as all their rooms have private pools and seem very spacious. I may consider a night in the over water, as it's somewhat bigger than others I've seen (and traveling with a baby you need room...)

Once I decide on hotel I'll check what food options I have.. I would have liked bringing wine, but customs are super strict and I hear no chance of getting any alcohol in.

If anyone has any tips or pointers please let me know.

An advantage to taking a place within speed boat distance you save about $250-350 per person on transfer, and you can use that towards your room.

For anyone wondering, the Hyatt is suppose to be a very nice island, it's a schlep however. You need to take a DOMESTIC flight from Male, and only after that a speed boat.. Transfer is about $500.. Also accommodations didn't seem quite as luxurious as other places I've been looking at. The island itself seems very nice..

A note on when I'm going: I've had great luck with off season traveling.. I've been all over SEAsia during off season months and it's really worth it. Places are quiet, weather has been great, and price is normally less than half...


To be 100% honest, I would wait to go the Maldives when you have someone to watch your 1 year old. I went with a 9 month old who didn't even walk and spent the entire time nervous as even the larger islands revolve around water. Transferring onto the boat was even scarier as we had to pass the baby from one another over a plank and had to hold onto her throughout the ride which was one of the scariest of my life. Its also a ton of flying which won't be fun even with a well behaved kid. I've been everywhere with my kids and I can say that the Maldives was the most difficult.

Also, I think that Chuchem made a good point in the other thread. Be prepared to spend a lot of $$$. The costs keep adding up and even soda on the islands can cost $15 a can. If possible, wait until it can be done right. It'll be the trip of a lifetime.

FYI, lots of the nicer resorts will negotiate with you, especially during low season. It pays to get the GM''s email and send a nice letter with an idea of what you want to spend. Of course don't mention the kosher part until later as once they know you aren't buying food, you are a much lower REV guest

May 01, 2012, 09:55:39 AM
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Re: Maldives Master Thread I'd wear a hat but a Yarmulke would probably be fine.

It was built as a tourist attraction as much as a mosque and they are used to all types.

The guided tours are fascinating. Was tipped off by another DDF'er and it was he highlight of my trip.

July 09, 2012, 06:28:40 PM
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Re: Thailand Master Thread


but I'm not sure how buddha fits into the jewish outlook.

Little know fact is that Buddha was actually an enterprising  Israeli tourist who built himself quite an empire

July 31, 2012, 12:02:10 PM
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Re: Our crazy story from LGA-YYZ and back
Sorry for went you went through. You flew on a international flight with a kid arriving 90 minutes before the flight. This is to short, if you have ID issues. The same goes for boarding. Why wait until 2 minutes before cut off time, if you have a child and have a ticket with issues... Especially on the way back you should have known better and arrived earlier....
When you book a UA miles ticket, it  takes them time to ticket it, probably that the reason the first agent could not find a valid ticket.
I feel bad for you, but sh-t happens....

You sound like a gate agent for Swiss....


June 12, 2014, 09:28:41 AM
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Re: Upcoming SPG Hotels
Can't be. Because the W is being built by Daniel Libeskind.

Oh ok, because the King David would be a perfect fit for the W brand

November 10, 2014, 11:13:37 AM
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Re: Marlboro Ranch in Montana Did u get a smoking room?
March 31, 2015, 03:44:40 PM
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Re: Maldives Master Thread Only a matter of time till DDF'ers selling stays there
July 27, 2016, 01:30:03 PM
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Re: Prague Master Thread tH
Do that many families in your school travel to Europe that they sent this out?!

This winter they may be sending out a Kashrus Alert for the Maldives

August 17, 2016, 08:35:33 AM
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