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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.

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 #315 on: July 31, 2012, 02:45:21 AM »
for all of you in bangkok, if you can please post any info on where you got a sim card,arriving tom.
Also if you came accross any good itineraries or any good deals(like spas or shopping...) please pm me
why should they PM you? let them post it so others can know when they go

Heres some Sim Card info:

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.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #316 on: July 31, 2012, 04:56:36 AM »
and the reason i say to say it in thai, is because i found that whenever a tourist would enter a taxi and say something in english like they didnt know where it was then the driver always take advantage and ask for a high price and not use the meter. On the other hand if you say it as if you know the place and you just get in taxi and wait for him to turn on meter, then it usually works

I can't just wait till I find a cab that will agree to use a meter?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #317 on: July 31, 2012, 05:22:40 AM »
I can't just wait till I find a cab that will agree to use a meter?
It may take a while. But I'll suggest to save time just go to taxis on the arrival floor and they are official with meter andan extra 50 baht fee ($1.70) and take them

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #318 on: July 31, 2012, 06:14:00 AM »
Another 2 questions.

Does anyone have any tour guide they would recommend in Chiang Mai?
I haven't had a chance to ask my LOR yet, but is going near the temples, statues, all halachically problematic? The white temple and temple caves look interesting, but I'm not sure how buddha fits into the jewish outlook.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #319 on: July 31, 2012, 09:50:55 AM »
their is a local JEWISH travel agency right next door to chabad they could set you up with everything you need, they also have big discounts if you book activities thru them as they have all the israeli tourist business. enjoy.
ps i pm'ed you with a little favor could you please have a look.

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Re: Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #320 on: July 31, 2012, 11:06:15 AM »
their is a local JEWISH travel agency right next door to chabad they could set you up with everything you need, they also have big discounts if you book activities thru them as they have all the israeli tourist business. enjoy.
ps i pm'ed you with a little favor could you please have a look.
Yes they're called המרכז המטייל and I'll vouch for them because they're Jewish and to give them business and yes many things they have great deals on... but beware that they also tend to have high prices for certain trips/packages.
So just double check a diff agency before you go to them so you can see the diff.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #321 on: July 31, 2012, 12:02:10 PM »


but I'm not sure how buddha fits into the jewish outlook.

Little know fact is that Buddha was actually an enterprising  Israeli tourist who built himself quite an empire

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #322 on: July 31, 2012, 12:02:43 PM »
Little know fact is that Buddha was actually an enterprising  Israeli tourist who built himself quite an empire

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #323 on: July 31, 2012, 12:48:36 PM »
Since you intend to do quite a bit of touring around Thailand, I suggest you stick to the main cellphone carriers, AIS or DTAC.
By the way, when using DTAC you can also get incoming text messages through gmail chat SMS

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #324 on: July 31, 2012, 12:50:24 PM »
Since you intend to do quite a bit of touring around Thailand, I suggest you stick to the main cellphone carriers, AIS or DTAC.
By the way, when using DTAC you can also get incoming text messages through gmail chat SMS
+1 that AIS is better then TrueMove. (never tried DTAC) but most people that come to tour and dont need much calling then true is the cheapest...i personally needed good service and True didnt do it for me, and wasnt good on my BB. (though on Friends iphones they had no issues)

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #325 on: July 31, 2012, 02:25:27 PM »
Yes they're called המרכז המטייל and I'll vouch for them because they're Jewish and to give them business and yes many things they have great deals on... but beware that they also tend to have high prices for certain trips/packages.
So just double check a diff agency before you go to them so you can see the diff.
Is this the chabad in Chiang Mai, or BKK?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #326 on: July 31, 2012, 02:25:51 PM »
Is this the chabad in Chiang Mai, or BKK?
BKK

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #327 on: July 31, 2012, 03:02:05 PM »
BKK
Anything in Chiang Mai that you recommend?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #328 on: July 31, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »
Anything in Chiang Mai that you recommend?
i havent been to CNX but they have this israeli agency in all the main cities....but ou can book the tours with the one in BKK

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #329 on: August 01, 2012, 02:49:51 PM »
Now this is an aspirational stay...
http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/luxury-beachfront-villa-koh-lanta-malee-seaview-part-2/#more-10899

Only $800 during low season... makes me want to return next year with some family members to share it with.

And having this nearby...
http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/photo-of-the-week-emerald-cave-koh-muk/#more-10734

WOW!