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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,

July 07, 2008, 11:25:09 AM
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
Re: Is this story true?
I really feel bad to bring this up but I feel it's necessary being that I'm related to a young bochur who died of hunger in a Lubavitch yeshiva during WW2 which was right next to one of Aharon Kotler's yeshivas which at the time had a surplus of food. However the yeshiva was instructed by Aharon Kotler not to provide any food to the starving Lubavitch bochurim in the neighboring yeshiva. In fact some of the bochurim in Aharon Kotler's yeshiva took pity and broke the rules by sneaking a bag of rice to the Lubavitch bochurim. Several Lubavitch bochurim died of hunger when the supply stopped.

Another story: My great aunt worked in Aharon Kotler's office and they received a desperate plea from R. Weismandel in Slovokia who had bribed nazi officials to release thousands of Jews. At one point he secured a deal with Eichman to release many of the Hungarian Jews in the camps in late 1944 for an unknown sum of money. The request begged Aharon Kotler to help raise the funds needed to secure their release. His response was "NO" but he went on to print an updated version of "Shita Mekubetzes" (priorities?)

This story was documented a book called "The Unheeded Cry"

Needless to say I have a hard time believing the above mentioned  story...

Where did you pick up all that $%*&?

Not only are you spreading Motzei Shem Ra, you are stomping on the grave of the Gadol Hador responsible for the revitalization of Torah in America and the PREEMINENT fundraiser for the Vaad during the war

September 05, 2011, 07:10:47 AM
Re: What Are The Top 10 Places You've Been To? 1)   Atlantic City-Donít remember any of it but BíH we managed to hitch a ride home. Still trying to piece together the rest of it
2)   Los Angeles- Went collecting there with a bunch of Chevra on Purim. Rented a convertible and blasted music all day. Yeshiva took a 10k loss and now gets paid by a local Baal Habus not to send guys there. Need I say more?
3)   California-Would highly recommend for anyone going to L.A. Nature is amazing
4)   San Diego-Had to show my passport to get in, but cheap beer and ATVíing canít be beat. Also known as Tijuana
5)   Las Vegas- Didnít really go there but tell everyone I did because we flew over it on the way to L.A. 
6)   Hunter Mountain-Skiing+Cheap Beer=Free Snowmobile Rides
7)   ESPN Zone (Anywhere)-Not sure why, but the girls I take usually think itís a bit much for a first date (Sore losers)
8)   Shea Stadium-Especially fun this summer when Stubhub actually paid you to go. Much better hot dogs than Yankee Stadium
9)   Montreal-Went to friends Chasuna there and learnt  French curse words. 3 speeding tickets in each direction. Anti Semites at the border told us that Niagra Falls was on the way to Toronto. Is Canada really that big?
10)   Woodbury Commons-By a small margin over Jersey Gardens (during the zman) and Franklin Mills (Bein Hazmanim)

October 09, 2011, 01:49:26 PM
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
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
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
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
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
Re: Marlboro Ranch in Montana Did u get a smoking room?
March 31, 2015, 03:44:40 PM
Re: Maldives Master Thread Only a matter of time till DDF'ers selling stays there
July 27, 2016, 01:30:03 PM
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
Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread

I would kill myself, if I would go November have bad weather and knew I gave up perfect weather for a nicer seat

Not something worth killing yourself over IMHO. But if you decide to off yourself, make sure its at the St. Regis so at least you'll have a minyan at the Levaya

October 27, 2016, 12:59:04 PM
Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
I am planning on a trip to Seychelles on the 11th of December. Wondering if it's worth it as well to fly to Mauritius, particularly Rodrigues Island.

If you have the time... But SEZ is def nicer

December 01, 2016, 05:18:13 PM
Re: A quick getaway to the "Red City". A cliff notes TR of Marrakech. I'm in Marrakech now reading your TR.

88K EY for ET J from NYC is a great deal and things here cost next to nothing so it makes for a great inexpensive winter trip.

Marrakech is a fantastic fusion of Jewish history and Maghreb culture. December is very low tourist season but its still 65-70 out and you feel like you are the only tourist in town

I'll add more to the Morocco thread once I finish here

December 06, 2016, 09:34:47 AM
Re: The first DDFer to go to St. Regis Maldives, with a little Dubai to start All the way to the Maldives in Coach. That's legit Mesiras Nefesh
February 01, 2017, 12:51:21 PM
Re: Looking for a Private Jet Charter from Israel Fly Victor app
March 22, 2017, 10:29:38 AM
Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
anyone been to the Leonardo plaza for Pesach (or maybe succos/shabbos i guess) and knows what kind of drinks they serve? meals are crazy expensive, wanted to know that they provide free mineral water/something above tap at meals?
Also, is there any sort of formal or informal dress code? I eat with my kids, and prefer to dress down for shabbos meals so i dont get angry at them for dirtying my suit, again.

IIRC they include mineral water but not soda but that was some time ago (was a reg. shabbos, not Pesach)

and with regards to dress codes in Israel....They dont exist

March 23, 2017, 11:51:06 AM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now! One thing you will notice is that the best Pesach programs (KMR etc) don't have to hire PR firms etc and fill up quick on word of mouth etc, sometimes weeks before they even announce which hotel they are going to..
April 21, 2017, 10:44:42 AM
Re: Unofficial airline weight limits $20 up front to a skycap has never failed. Somehow it makes the scale break...
April 24, 2017, 11:00:24 AM
Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
for 6 people at a 5 star hotel with loft/le marais+ quality meals, yes.

Relax. Plaza isn't 5 Star (maybe 3.5) and meals aren't Le Marais/Loft quality

April 26, 2017, 01:07:47 PM
Re: Will the LY Dreamliner have a First Class cabin? (a little hint)
There are only getting their plane in August, what will they show off? :)

They'll prob dress up a 767 and convince the Israeli Travel Agents its a Dreamliner

May 10, 2017, 03:22:57 PM
Re: AMA: United Polaris EWR-TLV
Does the pajamas have to be returned or you can keep it as a suvanier ?
My question is for other airlines as well,

You have to wash them first and then send them back within 14 days

May 18, 2017, 11:37:30 AM
Re: Will the LY Dreamliner have a First Class cabin? (a little hint)
Forget about BOS getting a 787
BOS route is being canceled once Maimons kid finishes school there.

If they announce the SFO route soon, we know he's going to Stanford or Berkeley for Grad school

May 19, 2017, 10:52:07 AM
Re: Dubai Master Thread
whats the deterrent to speeding?

Nowhere exactly to rush to

May 19, 2017, 03:19:12 PM
Re: DansDeals Book Club
Don't know anything about this book, but the author co-wrote a book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe a few years ago which was full of mistakes and falsehoods.

All the books about the Lubavitcher Rebbe are full of mistakes and falsehoods, just depends on whose lies you want to believe

June 12, 2017, 09:10:56 PM
Re: Will the LY Dreamliner have a First Class cabin? (a little hint)
This airline is a never ending mess

Substitute country for airline

August 22, 2017, 09:22:02 AM
Re: Passover Program You can call it the "Pesach with the Socialists" and have Bernie Sanders come speak (he'll prob work free, right?)
November 07, 2017, 05:16:24 PM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants Prime Grill closed down and nobody even realized (or cared). That's how bad it had gotten.

Reserve Cut has also done a number on the other high-end Kosher Establishments. Nobody has been quite able to measure up or keep pace.

November 10, 2017, 10:06:53 AM
Re: Dinner with the GM of the Brooklyn Nets, Sean Marks
Would have sold out in CLE in seconds.

Of course. Because we all know who the GM of the Cavs is.

December 18, 2017, 08:42:12 PM
Pesach Program Discussion Master Thread Am I the only one bothered by this? Open any Frum publication and seemingly half the ads for Pesach Programs include blatant lies such as "5 Star Resort" (when its clearly a 2 or 3 star hotel off the NJ Turnpike) or "Only 3 Hour flight from NYC" when its 4.5-5.5 or "Catering by Reserve Cut" when they hire a former sous chef from there.

And thats besides for the misleading reports on weather (There's a reason why resorts in Greece are normally closed in late March) and canceled programs etc. Its become an industry built on dishonesty and it gets worse by the year. Wish more publications would call them out for their dishonesty but there are way too much advertising $$ at stake.

I'm sure lots of people here can share examples...

January 27, 2018, 07:11:24 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising They key to good Pesach programs seems to be continuity. The ones that operate every year have a consistent and happy customer base and hard to go wrong with them other than weather etc. Gateways, Mark David, Smilow, KMR, Greenwald, Lasko etc all seem to consistently perform. If the deal seems to good to be true, that will generally be the case. Unless ur talking Europe where the standards are totally different.
January 28, 2018, 01:40:09 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
can say that was the first and last time the Rabbi i worked for agreed to take on a program that did not rent out the entire hotel for pesach.

100%. A non-starter for any serious Rav Hamachshir.

January 31, 2018, 09:51:12 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
Don't be silly. The yeshiva closed because the government imposed secular studies. This is a fact. (Not even disputed by anyone really)

There may have been other issues going on at the time, but nothing that would close the yeshiva.

Start by reading this book and then a few others. Sure, it was an issue. But it wasnít THE issue that closed the Yeshiva down. It was the in-fighting amongst different factions in the Yeshiva which led to mesira and ultimately the Yeshiva having to close down.

February 01, 2018, 05:19:34 AM
Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread R' Nosson Kamenetzky Z"L, son of Rav Yaakov and author of "Making of a Godol".

Good bio here:

June 11, 2019, 11:40:44 AM
Re: Aman Hotels I've been to a couple of them. If you are looking for "7 Star" glitz and glamour then you're wasting your time and money.

Most of them are in unique locations and offer something different that you would never get at a "chain property". Most of all, you get impeccable personalized service.

Amangiri in Utah is a really special place and they will work with you to make sure you have a fully kosher 5 star trip. They wont charge a dollar extra for the Kosher (unless you want to bring a mashgiach) and know all the places to order meat/cheese etc from and will arrange new pots/pans etc and have a separate part of the kitchen set aside for kosher.

Feel free to PM me if you have an inquiry about a specific property....

June 14, 2019, 03:09:22 PM
Hungary has the largest outbreak of corona since the beginning of 2020. It's similar to that of NY of last spring, except the death ratios are higher per 1000 people.
Buying fake entry papers, violating the curfew that has been in place for many months and making fun of the local PD not being aware of DOT ticket rules is just lovely. The locals get a fine when they are out five minutes after the curfew.
Rabbi Oberlander wrote this last year at this time:

So foolish. Everyone knows that no harm could ever come to someone traveling across the world to daven by Rav Shayala!

April 15, 2021, 09:34:16 AM