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Inter-Thailand Flights   Bangkok Airways (PG)

PG flights are bookable on points through JAL, CX, EY and AB.

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Required Mileage: Transferable from SPG. JAL uses a distance based award chart and allows up to a maximum of 7 stopovers (8 segments). To figure out how many points you will need, add up the total amount of miles that will be flown (can do this on GCMap.com) and then find the appropriate row in the award chart (http://www.ar.jal.com/ar/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html). If you are traveling before 3/31/2017 there is a promotion for trips up to 4,000 miles (see http://www.jal.co.jp/121campaign/pg_discount/index_en.html for reduced mileage rates). The promotion makes JAL the best award redemption option for PG flights. 

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.

Baggage Allowance: Economy passengers are allowed 20kg, infants (and dolls) are allowed 10kg. Excess weight on domestic flights will incur a charge of 80thb ($2.25ish) per kilo. International overage fee chart can be found here. Join the PG FlyingBonus program to receive an additional 10kg.

Contacting PG: In general, if you have any questions, the only way to speak with them in English besides email is PG Live Chat. You can find the link if you log in to your Flyer Bonus account. Chat reps are very helpful.

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Required Mileage:

EY
Required Mileage:

AB
Required Mileage:



Bangkok   BKK/DMK

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!
Kosherthailand.com
BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
Public Transport
Domestic flights:
   Air Asia, Tiger Air, Thai, Bangkok Air
Tailor:
   Rajawongse




Phuket/Patong/Koh Phi Phi/Krabi   HKT/KBV

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
Beaches
Monkey Show
Cable Skiing
Longtail Boats
Island Tour
Koh Phi Phi:
Diving
Fire Show (wed is biggest)
Maya Bay (full day trip)
Nice Lookouts
Kayaking (to Monkey Beach)
Thai Boxing
Beware of summer weather; monsoon season
Best weather: Jan - May
Island Tour (can be done as a day trip or overnight):
   Andaman River, Maya Bay, Similian Islands, Krabi Islands,
   Koh Lanta (Emerald Cave)




Koh Samui   USM

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                          Additional Info
The Conrad
Sunday Resort
Sheraton
Le Meridian
The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
Fx Hotel (Near Chabad)
Beaches
Diving (Koa Phangan, Koh Tao)
Ang Thong Marine Park Islands
Water Sports (at chaweng and boh phut),
Safari Island (elephants, tigers, zip line)
Scooter (around island)
Kayaking $30
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Island trip w/ snorkeling
The Conrad will gladly make arrangements with
   the Chabad restaurant for Kosher food. Email them at usmks.fb@conradhotels.com




Chiang Mai   CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
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
   (if you have an hour or two to kill)
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)
   for best price.
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
Night market
Day trip to Burma/Myanmar
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 #4035 on: April 26, 2018, 11:49:44 AM »
Does anyone have the name and # of the Israeli tour guy that's next to Chabad?
In which city?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4036 on: April 26, 2018, 01:31:20 PM »
In which city?
Sorry forgot to write in Chiang Mai.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4037 on: May 25, 2018, 04:32:38 AM »
Is 1:35 minute stopover enough time in BKK to get luggage and recheck for another flight? All flights in business if that helps.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4038 on: May 25, 2018, 04:44:05 AM »
Is 1:35 minute stopover enough time in BKK to get luggage and recheck for another flight? All flights in business if that helps.

Yes. I did it with like 20-30 minutes to spare (not on purpose... TR coming soon, hopefully) but had a lot of running to do. They will give you, if truly necessary, a premium lane pass which allows you to skip like every lane.

It looks like this: 
 

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4039 on: May 25, 2018, 05:06:45 AM »
Yes. I did it with like 20-30 minutes to spare (not on purpose... TR coming soon, hopefully) but had a lot of running to do. They will give you, if truly necessary, a premium lane pass which allows you to skip like every lane.

It looks like this: 
 

Looking to land at 7:10am and depart 8:45am.
Do I ask them for the premium pass or will they offer it?
Is it different terminals connecting from international to a domestic flight?
Do ethihad and Thai  have an interline agreement?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4040 on: May 25, 2018, 05:10:37 AM »
Looking to land at 7:10am and depart 8:45am.
Do I ask them for the premium pass or will they offer it?
Is it different terminals connecting from international to a domestic flight?
Do ethihad and Thai  have an interline agreement?

If you need it they will give it to you but if you feel you need it then ask for it. I as well was transferring from Thai to Etihad. Donít recall there being an inter line agreement. As for the terminals, you will land downstairs at basically the left end of the whole airport and will have to go upstairs like 4 floors (elevator or escalator) and then walk or run all the way to the right most side of the airport (a 2 minute run lol). If that description made no sense I apologize! Just writing it how Iím currently picturing it.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4041 on: May 25, 2018, 05:26:23 AM »
If you need it they will give it to you but if you feel you need it then ask for it. I as well was transferring from Thai to Etihad. Donít recall there being an inter line agreement. As for the terminals, you will land downstairs at basically the left end of the whole airport and will have to go upstairs like 4 floors (elevator or escalator) and then walk or run all the way to the right most side of the airport (a 2 minute run lol). If that description made no sense I apologize! Just writing it how Iím currently picturing it.

I'm actually transferring from ethihad to Thai. Which airline gave you the pass?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4042 on: May 25, 2018, 05:28:23 AM »
I'm actually transferring from ethihad to Thai. Which airline gave you the pass?
Etihad

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4043 on: May 25, 2018, 05:34:20 AM »
Etihad
So you got the pass when you checked in for your flight?
How long was security when you got off the Thai flight?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4044 on: May 25, 2018, 05:45:51 AM »
So you got the pass when you checked in for your flight?
How long was security when you got off the Thai flight?

No security just straight to baggage claim. It was from Chiang Mai

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4045 on: May 25, 2018, 05:47:36 AM »
No security just straight to baggage claim. It was from Chiang Mai

Ok that's good to hear there's no security when transferring.

What hotel did you stay at in cnx?
Any recommendations or pointers?
Thank you for your assistance

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4046 on: May 25, 2018, 05:56:57 AM »
Ok that's good to hear there's no security when transferring.

What hotel did you stay at in cnx?
Any recommendations or pointers?
Thank you for your assistance

LM was great! Chiang Mai was amazing. Chabbad was super friendly and food was good and reasonably priced. Yisroel, the travel agent, was really nice and helpful and I booked a driver with him for that same hour.  Let me know if your interested in getting a suit tailored as well!

For activities we did the classic Tiger Kingdom and Maesa Elephant camp. Both were great!

As you walk to chabbad from the LM you will see outdoor markets throughout. Visit them all as there are some cool stuff. Definitely take advantage of the super cheap massage prices. We pretty much got on for every night that we were in Thailand.

In CNX the recommended massage places are Green Bamboo (make reservation or check availability beforehand), White Orchid, and some others I canít remember right now.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4047 on: May 25, 2018, 06:16:09 AM »
LM was great! Chiang Mai was amazing. Chabbad was super friendly and food was good and reasonably priced. Yisroel, the travel agent, was really nice and helpful and I booked a driver with him for that same hour.  Let me know if your interested in getting a suit tailored as well!

For activities we did the classic Tiger Kingdom and Maesa Elephant camp. Both were great!

As you walk to chabbad from the LM you will see outdoor markets throughout. Visit them all as there are some cool stuff. Definitely take advantage of the super cheap massage prices. We pretty much got on for every night that we were in Thailand.

In CNX the recommended massage places are Green Bamboo (make reservation or check availability beforehand), White Orchid, and some others I canít remember right now.
How many nights did you spend there?
Im thinking either Thursday - Sunday or Monday.
Did you go to chabad over shabbos?
Were you in touch with Yisroel before you arrived?
I'm definitely interested in custom suits, how much was it per suit? Are you satisfied with them?
How much does a massage go for?
Did you by any chance also go to usm?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4048 on: May 25, 2018, 06:21:52 AM »
How many nights did you spend there?
Im thinking either Thursday - Sunday or Monday.
Did you go to chabad over shabbos?
Were you in touch with Yisroel before you arrived?
I'm definitely interested in custom suits, how much was it per suit? Are you satisfied with them?
How much does a massage go for?
Did you by any chance also go to usm?
I spent 3 nights in CNX, 2 nights in USM, 1 night in BKK and 1 day in HKT for the phi phi islands.

Shabbat was really nice there with like 200 people eating there that Friday night I was there.

No. I linked up with Yisroel the day I needed him.

Massages are like $7-10

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4049 on: May 27, 2018, 04:41:38 PM »
Looking to go to Thailand this summer 4 adults plus 1 infant... we want a villa with a private pool preferably on a beach for a decent price (sub $500/night) can anyone recommend where to start?

and how do Thailand beaches  compare to MLE / BOB