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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
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BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
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Domestic flights:
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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
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Diving
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The Conrad
Sunday Resort
Sheraton
Le Meridian
The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
Fx Hotel (Near Chabad)
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Le Meridien (10 min. Walk to Chabad)
Shangri La (2 min. Walk to Chabad)
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Maetaeng Elephant Park
Patara Elephant Farm
Thai Elephant Home
Thoms Pai Elephant Camp
Bamboo Rafting
Tiger Kingdom
Monkey Shows
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Zip Lining
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White Water Rafting
Longneck Tribe
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Repelling
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ATVing
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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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Tailors:
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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
Le Meridien
Four Seasons Tent Camp Golden Triangle
Black House
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White Temple
Ruaamit elephant camp
Pai village (3 hr drive)
Hot Springs
Scooters
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #200 on: June 01, 2012, 12:14:47 AM »
I don't remember the tour operator I used, but I was with baby, so wouldn't suggest that route. There were some great speed boat tours that included some adventure as well.. Look it up on tripadvisor attractions for Samui and go through the reviews to find the tours most recommended.

If you arrive wednesday night late then best book in advance, because most of them leave early morning..

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #201 on: June 01, 2012, 12:39:14 AM »
I don't remember the tour operator I used, but I was with baby, so wouldn't suggest that route. There were some great speed boat tours that included some adventure as well.. Look it up on tripadvisor attractions for Samui and go through the reviews to find the tours most recommended.

If you arrive wednesday night late then best book in advance, because most of them leave early morning..
ok ill look into it. thanx

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #202 on: June 12, 2012, 11:50:59 AM »
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

I loved USM, It's quieter than other touristy spots. Boh phut is nicer than chaweng IMHO. (I can give you suggestions of activities and hotels if you decide on it)

Phi Phi islands are cool , but no airport and over congested in the main parts-  you would have to get there via 3 hour ferry from phucket (you would lose at least 12 hours total)

Phuket should not even be on the menu IMHO.

Let me know if you need details on any specific place.
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #203 on: June 12, 2012, 04:39:43 PM »
I loved USM, It's quieter than other touristy spots. Boh phut is nicer than chaweng IMHO. (I can give you suggestions of activities and hotels if you decide on it)

Phi Phi islands are cool , but no airport and over congested in the main parts-  you would have to get there via 3 hour ferry from phucket (you would lose at least 12 hours total)

Phuket should not even be on the menu IMHO.

Let me know if you need details on any specific place.
its fine, thanx im already back in the states.

i ended up going to HKT - cheaper and flight availability (return on motzei shabbos) and it rained all the days besides shabbos - like heavy rain - flooded streets, so i didnt go to islands, just rented a moped for 150 baht a day and went cable skiing.

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Hotel - Bangkok ?
« Reply #204 on: June 19, 2012, 10:38:01 PM »
Looking for recommendation for hotel in Bangkok. Would like in the Sukumvit area, 15 min walk from Chabad would be nice. $40 - $70 range. This would be for about five days. 

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Re: Hotel - Bangkok ?
« Reply #205 on: June 19, 2012, 11:22:31 PM »
Looking for recommendation for hotel in Bangkok. Would like in the Sukumvit area, 15 min walk from Chabad would be nice. $40 - $70 range. This would be for about five days.
There is A Chabad Shul on Sukhumvit 22 but there is no restaurant there. the Chabad house is located on Khao san rd. which is about 11 km from sukhumvit 22. Only on shabbos there are meals there
the nice hotels are in sukhumvit area and its more business district there. or you can get nice place a little closer to the Chabad house - in the are of the Shangri-La hotel (which has a shul in it as well)
in the Chabad house area you are gonna find lots of guest houses and decent hotels which are nothing amazing but range up to 2000 baht ( $63 / night) and ull find more backpackers in that area.

If you must be in the sukhumvit area its not a big deal to take a taxi there and it cost you for 11 km - not more than 100 baht on the meter ($3.17)

when will you be there?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #206 on: June 20, 2012, 04:36:35 PM »
I plan on being there second week of July. I have been there last year and stayed near Kaosan but this time I need to be in Sukumvit area.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #207 on: June 20, 2012, 07:14:18 PM »
Not sure about distance, but the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit is a great hotel.. very nice pool as well, worth considering.. spg used to have it cash and points which might be around the price you are looking for..

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #208 on: June 20, 2012, 11:55:22 PM »
Nice hotel for sure. But a lot more money that my budget (not over $70).

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #209 on: June 21, 2012, 12:33:48 AM »
Nice hotel for sure. But a lot more money that my budget (not over $70).
i dont know anything about these hotels, but from a simple google search, here seems like nice rooms for that price range. 31.5 THB = $1

Furama Silom - from 2,016 THB  - bout 10 min. drive to sukhumvit, hour walk to the shul
Swiss Park Hotel - from 1,400 THB - located on sukhumvit soi 11 (30 min walk)
Citrus - from 1,679 THB - located on Sukhumvit soi 22 - 10 min. walk to the shul

and heres a list of bangkok hotels with price ranges in general http://www.bangkokmag.infothai.com/bkkhotel2000.htm

have in mind that even though the address may be sukhumvit but its an extremely long road so it can be really far, - check google maps to see how far.
the corret address to the chabad shul is - 121 Soi Sai Nam Thip 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: June 21, 2012, 02:21:18 AM »
Nice hotel for sure. But a lot more money that my budget (not over $70).

If you have Starwood points it will cost 4000 points and $60 a night...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: June 22, 2012, 10:37:04 AM »
I don't have these points and I want to spend up to $70.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: June 22, 2012, 10:41:40 AM »
Citrus looks good. I also see the S Sukhumvit Suites which is a bit closer to the train for a little less and I might take that off of hotesl.com which has a 10% discount

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: June 27, 2012, 07:12:42 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: June 27, 2012, 08:28:55 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?
chiang mai was fine last august. phuket on the other hand...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: June 29, 2012, 10:59:27 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?

i ended up going to HKT - cheaper and flight availability (return on motzei shabbos) and it rained all the days besides shabbos - like heavy rain - flooded streets, so i didnt go to islands, just rented a moped for 150 baht a day and went cable skiing.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: July 12, 2012, 10:33:46 AM »
I'm looking into a Thailand around late December/early January time and tickets from NYC are around the $1500 range. Anyone have any ideas for getting cheaper rates. I have mileage with UA, Avios and, UR

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: July 12, 2012, 01:53:23 PM »
Ko Samui in fine in August... Chiang mai will prob rain a bit but doesn't ruin the experience in my opinion. Phuket you can probably skip

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: July 12, 2012, 01:55:43 PM »
Here's my story, and I'm looking for advice.
As of now, unless I find a better flight plan, I'll be arriving Wednesday evening in August, and returning on Tuesday morning. (If you want a $50 AA gc, check out my post on the award travel thread).

This is a couple and infant traveling.

As of now, it looks like I'll have 2 main parts of the trip. Thursday night till Sunday, and Sunday till Monday evening. The 2 places we'd like to stay are as follows:
1) Chiang Mai
2) A beach resort
3) (And probably a night in Bangkok)

In Chiang Mai, I intend to stay at the Le Meridian. For the beach part, I'm looking at the different resorts available through SPG.

Here are some of my questions:
1) What is the eruv status? If I stay on a resort island, I need to find out if that'll cover me or not, but if I'm in Chiang Mai, what options do I have? How can I bring the baby to the chabad house?
2) All in all, does it make sense to stay at a beachy place for shabbos? That way, I'd at least be able to enjoy the beauty. What could I do in Chiang Mai on shabbos afternoon?
2-a) Can I order shabbos food from Chabad on Thursday, or to be delivered to the BKK airport?
3) Which SPG beach options would you recommend? All in all, I'd like s/t with a nice property, good snorkeling/scuba diving, and accessible by flight.
4) If I take a late night flight, and land after midnight, is it easy/safe to get to the ultimate hotel destination?
5) Does AirAsia usually run on-time, or late? Should I not risk booking a flight back to BKK too close to my departing flight? Any other good flying options?
6) Any tips for being upgraded at SPG for a gold member? How about for a villa with a private pool? Looking at the low costs of the rooms, I may just decide to pay for it, but would that make it more likely or less likely to be upgraded? Does the $20 sandwich trick work at these places?
7) If I fly from Chiang Mai, it'll take me to Phuket. If I need to access one of the resorts further up the coast, do you recommend renting a car, or a cab, or ...?

I'll have plenty of questions, and would greatly appreciate all advice.
Thanks ya'll!

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: July 12, 2012, 02:14:59 PM »
Here are some of my questions:
1) What is the eruv status? If I stay on a resort island, I need to find out if that'll cover me or not, but if I'm in Chiang Mai, what options do I have? How can I bring the baby to the chabad house?

Chabad can arrange to have a goy bring you baby to Chabad if you so desire..
2) All in all, does it make sense to stay at a beachy place for shabbos? That way, I'd at least be able to enjoy the beauty. What could I do in Chiang Mai on shabbos afternoon?
You were looking into maldives, keep in mind you won't be staying in anything like that. If weather is important, you are most likely to find good weather in Ko Samui and surrounding areas.  Snorkeling and Diving are done further away near other islands via day trips
2-a) Can I order shabbos food from Chabad on Thursday, or to be delivered to the BKK airport?
I wouldn't bother from BKK think it would be harder bc they have a big operation bkk is far.. easier from Chiang Mai or Ko  Samui
3) Which SPG beach options would you recommend? All in all, I'd like s/t with a nice property, good snorkeling/scuba diving, and accessible by flight.

Good snorkeling scuba this time of year will only be on the gulf (ko samui, phangan and tao) there are two SPG, W overly prices, and le meridian which I haven't seen.. neither will have snorkeling right there but you can arrange a day trip to ang thong marine park or snorkeling near ko tao...)
4) If I take a late night flight, and land after midnight, is it easy/safe to get to the ultimate hotel destination?

Yes!

5) Does AirAsia usually run on-time, or late? Should I not risk booking a flight back to BKK too close to my departing flight? Any other good flying options?
Bangkok Air is a more reliable airline. Air Asia nickel and dimes you for luggage seats etc...

6) Any tips for being upgraded at SPG for a gold member? How about for a villa with a private pool? Looking at the low costs of the rooms, I may just decide to pay for it, but would that make it more likely or less likely to be upgraded? Does the $20 sandwich trick work at these places?
Never heard of the money working for upgrade, probably have to pay.. if you want private pool you probably need to go to Khao Lak but again sea is rough there and swimming isn't recommended (no diving or snorkeling..)

7) If I fly from Chiang Mai, it'll take me to Phuket. If I need to access one of the resorts further up the coast, do you recommend renting a car, or a cab, or ...?
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