Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kosher traveler trip to Thailand -Notes


 Kosher food in Thailand is easier then you may think, since there is a huge amount of Israeli backpackers, there are 4 big Chabad houses the main in Bangkok is catered almost entirely for backpackers. other Chabad houses around Bangkok are mostly for local Israeli families who live around Bangkok.                    

 1. Chabad of Bangkok: (its in the kaho san area on rambutry st, right next to kaho san rd,  all the taxi driver's will know where it is juts tell them kaho san rd, when you get there you will see a big sign for Chabad or ask one of the many Israeli backpackers.

Chabad helping the backpackers on their journey. 

Kosher: There is a number of Israeli tourist agencies and restaurants in the area but unfortunately the only kosher food is in Chabad.

Transportation: 

Most taxi rides between the major areas in Bangkok are based on meter reading, if it's not it's expected to be around 200 THB.
From the airport you could either take a taxi approximately between  500B-700B to Kaho san rd.
 Taxi's  are waiting on the 1st floor at arrives, which is one floor underneath where you will be coming out from costumes, or by the and of the hall at your left hand side facing the doors there is a shared minivan to Kaho san  for around 100B-150B,  look for the sign Kaho san rd.

 But if you know your way around Bangkok you can take the airport rail link to the last stop and change over to the BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System), or arrive at the Asok station and take the MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit)  and then connect to the BTS.

You will need to take the BTS till  Saphan Taksin (by Siam station you will need to change BTS to Saphan Taksin just go out of the train and wait for the train at the opposite side).
By Saphan Taksin take the boat to Kaho San which is pier number 13, the pier are not so clearly marked, specially if you are shy to ask around.
                     
The one thet will mostly come in hendy is the one in the sukumvit area wich is on soi 22 between the bts asok staition and the phrom pung station, on soi 22 walk down about 10 minuts untill the street is starting to turn left, there is a street on your right hend side make a right after a minute of walk the first street to your left make a left there you will see it, bait alisheva                                              
[8:58 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: If you are looking for a more haimishe shabas with about 30 40 jewish familys this chabad house is more suitable for you, the chabad house by kaho san rd is really full with a few honderd backpers evrey shabas                      
[9:00 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: 2: chiang mai
3: phuket
4: koh samui                      
[9:15 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Other then the chabad chabad house there a kosher resturant aaida cousin
(Somkid Place, Soi Somkid, Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini,, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand) in Bangkok in the chit lom area close to the siam shopping mall,
To get there take the bts to chit lom ( take the exit to your right hend side when your facing the siam area)
when you come out of the station walk a minute and take a left on to chit lom alley walk 5 minuts until right before the road goas over the small river, on your right hend side there is a street there you will see a sighn for aaida cousin,
This resturant is a morrocen style resturant, meet is from chabad (although this may change), thay have a mashgiach tmidy in the resturant, this resturant is quite expensive comperd to chabad wich is really cheap                      
[9:18 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Shabas is also provided in this resturant for free, I am not sure about reservation                      
[9:25 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: In pattaya (2 hour from bangkok with a bus) there is a kosher hotel CENTRA,
The hotel hes a kosher resyurant synagogue with shacris mincha mariv all days of the week, shabas saidas is for free no reservations needed, there is about 200 people avrey shabas by the saida,
The meat is from chabad (although this may change)
Thay have a mashgiach tmidy living in the hotel,
The hotel resturant during the week is open from 11:00am to 10:00pm, the prices are good depending on what you order ask them for the thai food menu you will get more and its cheap                      
[9:33 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: The hotel is located on soi 13 between second rd and soi buakhao,
 its called by locels soi dayana ( locels call the street by names although it hes numbers since the numbers are changing depending between wich street for example soi 13 between soi buakhao and second rd is about a quarter mile away from soi 13 between sacond rd and walking st)                      
[9:39 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: To get there fron the bus station arriving fron bangkok you can either take a motorcycle for 70b 80b
or take one of the many pickup truckes waiting to get filled up 50b per person,
Jost remember tell them soi dayana not jost soi 13 yoh may end up in a totel different area, on soi dayana in the middle of the St more close to soi buakhao you will see a blue colored sighn centra on your left hend side coming from soi buakhao                      
[9:40 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Make a left and wala your there                      
[10:08 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Its important to note pattaya is not for an chasidishe jew or for any jew for thet metter, but if you do find yourself in the area lets say coming from cambodia the info about kosher food may come in hendy                      
[10:08 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: There is another kosher restaurant in the island koh pha ngan this island is loved by isrealy backepacers and its full of isrealis,
The kosher resturant HABAIT is located in the had rin beach,
meat is from chabad,
Mashgiach tmidy,
Shabas saudas is for free no reservations needed,
I havent been there for a long time so the info may not be up to date                      
[10:08 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: How to get there from the boat arriving in koh pha ngan take a picup truck to the had rin beach, right when you arrive in the hadrin area you will see sighns for the habait hayisrealy, or ask one of the many isreal pepole you will see, by the time I was there thay were in the middle of fixing up a kosher hotel upstairs from the resturant.
There is a synagogue over there to                      
[10:08 AM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: There is a lot other isreal resturants in koh pha ngan but unfortunately its not kosher                                                                                              
[2:11 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Hi guys we are now on our way to Myanmar (burma) we are stuck and will need to change buses,
this is a first class bus,
Even though Thailand is not a third world contry some may consider it a first world contry aspacly by the first look, buses breack down are very common                                              
[2:12 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: Keep us posted!                      
[2:25 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: We toke this bus from mo chit station in bangkok to mae sot, its shold be a 6 hours ride,
Living bangkok 9:00 pm cost is 373b,
There is a cheaper option sacond class living 10:00pm for 290b,
The first class hes a restroom on the bus (wich is not always good since the bus dont need to make a smoke stop:))                      
[2:25 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: This is my sacond time beeing stuck with buses in Thailand and I mostly use the train so the procentege is high😀                      
[2:57 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: which site do you use to book buses/trains in Asia?                      
[3:25 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: You dont need to book in advence online you can mostly book anything and avreything at the station a few hours before departure, in peek season if you are afraid youll n9t get a seat aspaculy if you want a sleeper you can book it by one of the many locel agency or go down to the station as early as possible,
Or if you want to do it online look for the officel site if thay have a booking option,
If not like in myannmar where we are going now the rail sestam is still not computerized only hand reaten,
There is a reliable online agency 12go.asia                      
[3:27 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: There is a site wich is really good info for train travel all over the world seat61.com
This site will give specific info on each train how its best to book                      
[3:28 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: But again in my experience there is no need to book in advence, except if its really important for you  a sleeper in a specific time and date etc                      
[3:29 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: I am not talking about china now in china in the busy season you may want to book in advance                      
[4:55 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: How do you ahve data all over?                      
[5:30 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Update : We are now starting to move again after being stuck for 4 hours                      
[5:31 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: I am using to-mobile plan wich gives me free intrrnet and texting in 140 contrys                      
[5:31 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: @Avrohom Silverman  shae some tids from your BKk trip for כשרות?                      
[5:31 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: You mean T mobile?                      
[5:31 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Yes                      
[5:31 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: 😂                      
[5:32 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Talking is 20 cents a minute                      
[5:33 PM, 2/6/2017] +1 (845) 659-7336: which is also cheap, but I believe google voice/whats app call is free?                      
[5:33 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Yes but then you can only call to a whats aap number I think                      
[5:34 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: I am using a app text me wich is quite good for talking and it works with internet                      
[5:36 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Anyway if you are traveling in asia the bast option is to buy a locel sim card wich works well for intetnet and local calling,
Even international calling is not so expensive                      
[5:37 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: In Thailand you can go in to any 7-11 and buy a sim card you will need to have a unlocked, GSM phone                      
[5:38 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: In the us t mobile and at&t are using GSM phones,
Verizon and sprint are using CDMA                      
[5:38 PM, 2/6/2017] Avrohom Silverman: But u need to go one of the company's shops with ur passport to register it in order to work                      
[5:38 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Most phones thet you buy by verizon itself will be both                      
[5:40 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: No you jost need to show your passport in the 7-11 or in any other place where you buy the sim card                      
[5:41 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: If you are not sure how to add momey jost ask them to help you out                      
[5:53 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: The only place where I needed to fill out a form  was in nepal                      
[5:53 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: In Thailand you will get the best service from AIS (one to call)                      
[5:53 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Here is a list of sout east contry where I remember it being really easy to buy a sim card,
Vietnam, Cambodia, laos, Thailand, india, nepal (was a little bit of a hassle), china                      
[5:56 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: In central America on the other hand where I have jost traveled in dec, phone service is really not good especially for international calling, and forgat about internet its expensive and crazy slow                      
[5:56 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Over there a tmobile plane is really great                      
[5:56 PM, 2/6/2017] Yitzhak Zev Rubin - Traveler: Now I am on my way to burma I will keep updating about the phone service over there, and about the kashrut of course, lest time I haven't taken a sim card over there

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