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Inter-Thailand Flights   Bangkok Airways (PG)

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

JAL
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.

IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE TO PAY (JAL AND PG) WITH A CC BELONGING TO SOMEONE THAT IS TRAVELING ON THE ITINERARY. PG WILL SOMETIMES ASK YOU TO SHOW THE CC USED TO PAY FOR THE TRIP WHEN YOU CHECK IN, AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DENY BOARDING IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT.

CX
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 #4050 on: May 27, 2018, 05:07:05 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
conrad Koh Samui
I was never in either BOB or MLE but from what I understand they do not compare
« Last Edit: May 27, 2018, 05:16:15 PM by mochjas »

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4051 on: May 27, 2018, 05:13:17 PM »
conrad Kosh Samui
I was never in either BOB or MLE but from what I understand they do not compare
IMO Thailand and MLE do not compare. I did them both on the same trip a couple months ago and if you are looking for privacy and beautiful beach then MLE/BOB is your destination. Not sure if itís possible for that many people at your $500 budget though...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4052 on: May 27, 2018, 05:58:55 PM »
https://www.flickr.com/gp/26124790@N07/51C641

Conrad USM. Cost under$500 a night but gl finding it at that price.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4053 on: May 28, 2018, 01:09:45 PM »
https://www.flickr.com/gp/26124790@N07/51C641

Conrad USM. Cost under$500 a night but gl finding it at that price.

Not bad - what size room was that? and how far is it from the beach?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4054 on: May 28, 2018, 05:04:50 PM »
3br and near the top of the resort

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4055 on: May 30, 2018, 04:55:06 AM »
Does anyone have a boating or charter company they would recommend from phuket to the phi phi islands?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4056 on: May 30, 2018, 06:09:24 AM »
Does anyone have a boating or charter company they would recommend from phuket to the phi phi islands?

Private or group tours? We used Phuket Let's Go for our group tours and they were great. We didn't charter any private boats so I can't help you there.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4057 on: May 30, 2018, 06:17:24 AM »
Private or group tours? We used Phuket Let's Go for our group tours and they were great. We didn't charter any private boats so I can't help you there.

How much did you pay?
How many people were in the group?
Do you have contact info?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4058 on: May 30, 2018, 06:26:48 AM »
http://phuketletsgo.com/tours/

We did the Phnagna Treasures Sunrise and the Sunrise Phi Phi Island (less crowds, it was great). We were 3 people.  They are really responsive on facebook, which was how I communicated with them - https://www.facebook.com/PhuketLetsGo/

Each tour was around 4000 THB, maybe a little less. They were around the same cost as the other tours.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4059 on: June 03, 2018, 01:05:39 PM »
Does anyone else get major anxiety from planning trips!?

I'm wondering if anyone has stayed on Phi Phi Don itself rather than day trips and how they dealt with food if it was towards the end of their trip.

We are coming from Chiang Mai so I'm wondering if I can get meals from them frozen/freeze them?

I know there is a Chabad in PHuket, hoping to go from Airport to Ferry straight.

Other alternative is to spend Shabbat in Phuket (which probably wouldnt be near chabad anyway) and travel to Phi Phi early Sunday morning.

Anyone with experience?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4060 on: June 03, 2018, 01:14:46 PM »
Does anyone else get major anxiety from planning trips!?

I'm wondering if anyone has stayed on Phi Phi Don itself rather than day trips and how they dealt with food if it was towards the end of their trip.

We are coming from Chiang Mai so I'm wondering if I can get meals from them frozen/freeze them?

I know there is a Chabad in PHuket, hoping to go from Airport to Ferry straight.

Other alternative is to spend Shabbat in Phuket (which probably wouldnt be near chabad anyway) and travel to Phi Phi early Sunday morning.

Anyone with experience?

I felt the day trip was good enough. But I know others who enjoyed staying there for a day or two.  Really comes down to what you prefer

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4061 on: June 03, 2018, 01:31:20 PM »
Does anyone else get major anxiety from planning trips!?

I'm wondering if anyone has stayed on Phi Phi Don itself rather than day trips and how they dealt with food if it was towards the end of their trip.

We are coming from Chiang Mai so I'm wondering if I can get meals from them frozen/freeze them?

I know there is a Chabad in PHuket, hoping to go from Airport to Ferry straight.

Other alternative is to spend Shabbat in Phuket (which probably wouldnt be near chabad anyway) and travel to Phi Phi early Sunday morning.

Anyone with experience?

I stayed in Phi phi for the night it was enjoyable.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4062 on: June 19, 2018, 02:26:00 AM »
Anyone know if shabbos meals in Chiang Mai by chabad need reservations?

Best way to contact them, they haven't responded to emails?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4063 on: June 19, 2018, 02:27:09 AM »
Anyone know if shabbos meals in Chiang Mai by chabad need reservations?

Best way to contact them, they haven't responded to emails?

IME they donít. But you can always stop by earlier that day and let them know. Nothing on their website?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #4064 on: June 19, 2018, 02:28:08 AM »
IME they donít. But you can always stop by earlier that day and let them know. Nothing on their website?
Just their email address, nothing specific to shabbos