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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