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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.

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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
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Songkran (water fight week)- April 13th!
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BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
Public Transport
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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
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Monkey Show
Cable Skiing
Longtail Boats
Island Tour
Koh Phi Phi:
Diving
Fire Show (wed is biggest)
Maya Bay (full day trip)
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Thai Boxing
Beware of summer weather; monsoon season
Best weather: Jan - May
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Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                          Additional Info
The Conrad
Sunday Resort
Sheraton
Le Meridian
The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
Fx Hotel (Near Chabad)
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Diving (Koa Phangan, Koh Tao)
Ang Thong Marine Park Islands
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Scooter (around island)
Kayaking $30
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Island trip w/ snorkeling
The Conrad will gladly make arrangements with
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Le Meridien (10 min. Walk to Chabad)
Shangri La (2 min. Walk to Chabad)
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Sukantara Cascade Resort
Maese Elephant Show
Maetaeng Elephant Park
Patara Elephant Farm
Thai Elephant Home
Thoms Pai Elephant Camp
Bamboo Rafting
Tiger Kingdom
Monkey Shows
Snake Shows
Crocodile Shows
Zip Lining
Trekking
White Water Rafting
Longneck Tribe
Gun Shooting
Night Safari
Temples/Palaces
Chiang Mai River Boat (To Cooking School)
Extreme Sports!
Repelling
Caving,
ATVing
Bungee
Segways
Rent motorbikes (5$ day)
3D museum right down the road from Chabad
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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)
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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
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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 #180 on: January 26, 2012, 06:29:41 PM »
Wetness aside, Chiang Mai will still be the ideal place for a short 3 day visit in Thailand, or is it Bangkok, Puhket, or Samoi the ideal place for a short visit??

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #181 on: January 26, 2012, 06:39:12 PM »
Wetness aside, Chiang Mai will still be the ideal place for a short 3 day visit in Thailand, or is it Bangkok, Puhket, or Samoi the ideal place for a short visit??
Depends if you're more interested in sitting by the beach or doing other activities.
Chiang Mia is probably better for the latter...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #182 on: March 27, 2012, 03:35:51 AM »
i finally got around to reading the whole thread, and i dont see much about phuket or / and koh samui.
out of phuket i got the Andaman Sea and from KS i see the national park islands etc..
is there any other activities there that ppl here have done?
i heard in phuket theres bungee jumping..-

i will hopefully iy"h be in phuket for pesach and want to do some stuff on Chol hamoed. - im thinking maybe to do a day or two in phuket and hop on a flight (or even a bus) to koh samui for end of chol hamoed (and maybe even last days of pesach)

so my question here is what activites can be done in Phuket and Koh Samui - besides the above mentioned activites.?

@chikkymonkey - the tailor you reccomend in bangkok, can u bargain him down below $30 a shirt? and have you heard of the tailor Aviv or Amit?

thanx.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #183 on: May 31, 2012, 09:20:34 PM »
im in a big dilemma here:

ive asked around to many many tourists and i get diff answers from everyone. i would like to hear some opinions from here

i have only thursday, Friday, Shabbos to go tour/vacation - that means i land there wed. night and i leave back (to bangkok) on motzei shabbos - what would you recommend me to do.

1. fly to Phuket and do a one day islands trip around phuket. phi phi islands, maya bay etc,.. or do a 2 day (coming back friday afternoon to phuket) then stay shabbos in phuket

2. fly to Koh Samui - and do an island tour on thurs. and friday some small activity on koh samui island and stay there for shabbos.

PRICE:
Phuket - $68 RT (i have a $100 coupon from Thai)
Koh Samui - $240 RT  - not with THAI air and hopefully im able to (if possible) sell the MPD coupon for $100 .

thanx!

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #184 on: May 31, 2012, 09:43:09 PM »
I would skip both and go to Chaing Mai. Nice Shabbos there too

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #185 on: May 31, 2012, 09:49:55 PM »
I would skip both and go to Chaing Mai. Nice Shabbos there too
shabbos i think would be nice in all places, but regarding the touring i dont know if i wanna give up on seeing the beautiful water beaches, snorkling ....
besides i have done elephant riding in kanchanaburi and i have pictures with tigers. - the only major thing there i didnt do which i would like to is the Flight of the Gibbon

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #186 on: May 31, 2012, 09:53:01 PM »
I would skip both and go to Chaing Mai. Nice Shabbos there too
I didn't do USM, but was completely underwhelmed with HKT.
Go to KOA, OGG, or LIH if you want to see beautiful beaches and snorkeling, etc.
+1 to CNX all the way.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #187 on: May 31, 2012, 10:01:19 PM »
I didn't do USM, but was completely underwhelmed with HKT.
Go to KOA, OGG, or LIH if you want to see beautiful beaches and snorkeling, etc.
+1 to CNX all the way.
i didnt either hear anything nice or good about HKT but i would go for the surrounding islands, - and USM they say is nice but im not sure i want to put $200+ out just for the day and a half +shabbos that id spend there

and no one i spoke to hear was underwhelmed with the islands. (maybe thats just the israeli mind ;) )

and lets say id go with CNX, then obviously id do flight of the gibbon and then maybe some safari stuff and what else would u say in the 2 days (thurs , fri)

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #188 on: May 31, 2012, 10:03:15 PM »
Other than the resort we were in, USM was quite underwhelming as well. Very dirty with lots of stray dogs roaming around. HKT was not so impressive either

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #189 on: May 31, 2012, 10:13:26 PM »
i didnt either hear anything nice or good about HKT but i would go for the surrounding islands, - and USM they say is nice but im not sure i want to put $200+ out just for the day and a half +shabbos that id spend there

and no one i spoke to hear was underwhelmed with the islands. (maybe thats just the israeli mind ;) )

and lets say id go with CNX, then obviously id do flight of the gibbon and then maybe some safari stuff and what else would u say in the 2 days (thurs , fri)
Israelis also make Eilat out to be way more than it is.

Read through what chikky posted about CNX earlier in this thread for suggestions.  Can you stay in CNX for the Sunday market or you need to be back?  The Saturday market isn't bad either.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #190 on: May 31, 2012, 10:18:36 PM »
i certainly would not choose cnx because of flight of the gibbon. it was fun but not unbelievable

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #191 on: May 31, 2012, 10:18:53 PM »
Go to KOA, OGG, or LIH if you want to see beautiful beaches and snorkeling, etc.
easy to say, especially if/since uve been there multiple times. but when will i make it to Hawaii? im sure i will but it may take a nice few years till that happens and if im already in thailand why blow the chance of enjoying the water.

have you done the tour around phi phi, krabi, etc.. or just stayed in HKT?

Israelis also make Eilat out to be way more than it is.

Read through what chikky posted about CNX earlier in this thread for suggestions.  Can you stay in CNX for the Sunday market or you need to be back?  The Saturday market isn't bad either.
well eilat is nice and i hear snorkeling is much better in eilat over Thailand

i have an 8:35 am flight out of BKK on sunday to JFK, so i cant stay sunday and the last flight out of CNX on Motzei shabbos is 10:40 pm

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #192 on: May 31, 2012, 10:21:05 PM »
easy to say, especially if/since uve been there multiple times. but when will i make it to Hawaii? im sure i will but it may take a nice few years till that happens and if im already in thailand why blow the chance of enjoying the water.

have you done the tour around phi phi, krabi, etc.. or just stayed in HKT?
well eilat is nice and i hear snorkeling is much better in eilat over Thailand

i have an 8:35 am flight out of BKK on sunday to JFK, so i cant stay sunday and the last flight out of CNX on Motzei shabbos is 10:40 pm
The airport in CNX is just minutes from the city, so you can catch the Saturday night market.
And Eilat is only nice if you have never been to the carribean or hawaii.  But at least it's not as bad as HKT.
We were just in HKT and Khao Lak
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #193 on: May 31, 2012, 10:21:23 PM »
i certainly would not choose cnx because of flight of the gibbon. it was fun but not unbelievable
thats why i say that i would like to do it but im not gonna base the decision on that. - and i may be able to do the flight of gibbon sometime next week thats near pattaya - 2 hours from bangkok - its a bit smaller but also fun.

whats ur opinion on my dilemma? HKT and islands, USM and islands, or as ppl here saying CNX

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #194 on: May 31, 2012, 10:26:28 PM »
hard to say, since you did the tigers and elephants already