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+1 800-525-3663 (5:00 - 18:00 PT) press 1 - 4 - JAL membership number - # - pin - # - 0 (for human or 1 for computer search)

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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
   (happy(micro) sim for iPhone)
Songkran (water fight week)- April 13th!
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BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
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Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
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places w/ private pools
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The Conrad
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The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
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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
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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
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His and Hers- 3 minute walk from LM on the way to chabbad.




Chiang Rai   CEI/4hr drive from CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
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Four Seasons Tent Camp Golden Triangle
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #285 on: July 25, 2012, 05:26:39 PM »
I called Chabad, and that's what a lady told me, but I'm not counting on it. I'll call them closer to the date to confirm.

Also, any update on the sim cards? Do I need to bring a phone to use and try to find a sim card? Do they still have them in the airport? And where is the best place to exchange money? Street?
if she told you they deliver than they deliver...i just dont remember them delivering there prob becasue its an unusual request but i guess they do.
with a sim card, i dont recall seeing free ones anywhere - even in airport. but you can get "trueMove" sim card and usually itll cost bet 50 - 100 baht and it comes with like 35 baht already on it, and the rates in thailand are 1 baht per minute and its i think the same to call US (or maybe 3 baht)
or go to any 7-11 and they usually have the simcards, and thats where u topup if u need to.
regarding money exchange, id say at the airport isnt too bad but maybe in street ull get a drop more.- check the rate before you leave and see what they give in airport. (in BKK all money places give same rate)

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #286 on: July 25, 2012, 05:38:12 PM »
if she told you they deliver than they deliver...i just dont remember them delivering there prob becasue its an unusual request but i guess they do.
with a sim card, i dont recall seeing free ones anywhere - even in airport. but you can get "trueMove" sim card and usually itll cost bet 50 - 100 baht and it comes with like 35 baht already on it, and the rates in thailand are 1 baht per minute and its i think the same to call US (or maybe 3 baht)
or go to any 7-11 and they usually have the simcards, and thats where u topup if u need to.
regarding money exchange, id say at the airport isnt too bad but maybe in street ull get a drop more.- check the rate before you leave and see what they give in airport. (in BKK all money places give same rate)

But I would need to bring a global phone to put the SIM card into? (excuse my complete ignorance about SIM cards)
Would my Israel phone work?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #287 on: July 25, 2012, 05:41:44 PM »
But I would need to bring a global phone to put the SIM card into? (excuse my complete ignorance about SIM cards)
Would my Israel phone work?
ur israel phone should work
and it costs also like 1 - 3 baht to call israel as well

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #288 on: July 25, 2012, 05:46:51 PM »
the river ride is perfectly fine for an infant

the sunday night market is indeed different than the sat night one

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #289 on: July 25, 2012, 05:55:40 PM »
the river ride is perfectly fine for an infant

the sunday night market is indeed different than the sat night one
whats the difference?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #290 on: July 25, 2012, 05:58:59 PM »
different items for sale

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #291 on: July 26, 2012, 03:40:56 PM »
HUCA.... Thats how we all got there  :)
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not only did this not work for me, it totally backfired. i called 3 times to add bkk cnx to my flight to no avail, they did tell me bkk to hkt would be ok as i a/h was stopping in hkt ( i have a flight leaving from there to hong kong). when i called now to add that flight they told me that my reservation was illegeal and that they had a note that i called numerous times to add a flight, and bacially we are not happy with you so we wont add this flight for you. i told them that as i was told by two people that i could add this flight i booked a hotel for $300 for that night. they kindly offered to cancel my flight for me. as if thats going to help with all my other confirmed hotel reservations.

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not only did this not work for me, it totally backfired. i called 3 times to add bkk cnx to my flight to no avail, they did tell me bkk to hkt would be ok as i a/h was stopping in hkt ( i have a flight leaving from there to hong kong). when i called now to add that flight they told me that my reservation was illegeal and that they had a note that i called numerous times to add a flight, and bacially we are not happy with you so we wont add this flight for you. i told them that as i was told by two people that i could add this flight i booked a hotel for $300 for that night. they kindly offered to cancel my flight for me. as if thats going to help with all my other confirmed hotel reservations.
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Wow! That's s/t I'm afraid about as well for my calls.

As of now though, they haven't canceled you? Did they tell you what's illegal?

Worst comes to worst, the flights from BKK up north run as low as 50-70 pp one way

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #293 on: July 26, 2012, 04:00:20 PM »
HUCA.... Thats how we all got there  :)
not only did this not work for me, it totally backfired. i called 3 times to add bkk cnx to my flight to no avail, they did tell me bkk to hkt would be ok as i a/h was stopping in hkt ( i have a flight leaving from there to hong kong). when i called now to add that flight they told me that my reservation was illegeal and that they had a note that i called numerous times to add a flight, and bacially we are not happy with you so we wont add this flight for you. i told them that as i was told by two people that i could add this flight i booked a hotel for $300 for that night. they kindly offered to cancel my flight for me. as if thats going to help with all my other confirmed hotel reservations.
If this is aa, ur had bad luck. If this is UA the answer is.... HUCA. I've been told that before. Once it's ticketed it's illegal (as in against the law) for them to cancel it.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #294 on: July 26, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
as of now they didnt cancel.
to fly sunday afternoon flights are about 85 person plus infant, pretty much 200 before luggage which is going to cost me about another 80. so 280 to fly economy instead of businees for 180 really sucks!! gam zoo letova

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« Reply #295 on: July 26, 2012, 04:02:31 PM »
not only did this not work for me, it totally backfired. i called 3 times to add bkk cnx to my flight to no avail, they did tell me bkk to hkt would be ok as i a/h was stopping in hkt ( i have a flight leaving from there to hong kong). when i called now to add that flight they told me that my reservation was illegeal and that they had a note that i called numerous times to add a flight, and bacially we are not happy with you so we wont add this flight for you. i told them that as i was told by two people that i could add this flight i booked a hotel for $300 for that night. they kindly offered to cancel my flight for me. as if thats going to help with all my other confirmed hotel reservations.
If this is aa, ur had bad luck. If this is UA the answer is.... HUCA. I've been told that before. Once it's ticketed it's illegal (as in against the law) for them to cancel it.
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« Reply #296 on: July 26, 2012, 04:04:06 PM »


As of now though, they haven't canceled you? Did they tell you what's illegal?

sorry missed that part. they told me the booking from tlv to zurich to bkk is illeagal

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« Reply #297 on: July 26, 2012, 04:24:30 PM »

As of now though, they haven't canceled you? Did they tell you what's illegal?

sorry missed that part. they told me the booking from tlv to zurich to bkk is illeagal

Wow. Good for you that s/o booked that for you.
It's illegal b/c it's backtracking?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #298 on: July 26, 2012, 04:28:59 PM »
Wow. Good for you that s/o booked that for you.
It's illegal b/c it's backtracking?
i was considering cancelling and rebooking as anyhow there are better flights now. however if it really is illegal than i definetly wont go that route

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« Reply #299 on: July 26, 2012, 04:48:05 PM »
What did you tell them in order to book? I need to call them tonight, last time i tried the reservation was closed.

I have one day im looking to spend at a resort my options are either-

Chiang Rai LM Cat 2
Seems like a nicer area but it will mean driving up 3 hours on Thursday and then taking a 10:40 flight, arrive 11:4- on Friday  ($89) so we could be Shabbos in Bangkok to catch our 1:00am flight out Moitzei Shabbos, i would also like time Friday to check out the palace and floating markets

Sheraton Pattaya Cat 4
The resort is just south of Pattaya along the beach i dont plan on going in to the city) but since we are going to be in BKK for Friday and Shabbos it might just be worth flying CNX-BKK on Thursday57$ and spending the Thursday afternoon and night at the Sheraton


 
Is there anything specific you found to do in Chiang Rai that cant be done out of Chiang Mai, or are you going more for the LM which seems to be very nice?

Just saw your questions.

With regards to the Chiang Rai, I finally found a supervisor who confirmed to me that they don't offer 'standard' rooms, only deluxe, but that the lowest level room should be allowed for award booking. But this may be a YMMV issue, b/c the rep I dealt with beforehand wasted over an hour of my time.

If you're rushing up to Chiang Rai for less than 24 hrs, I don't think it's worthwhile.

We're going there, partially b/c of the resort, but also so we can be more exposed to different options.

I was told by a friend who has been to Thailand a bunch of times that Pattaya is a place for Europeans to go to when they are looking for prostitutes. But the hotel looks beautiful.