Thailand: The Good, the Bad and the Unkosher (JNS)

JNS, December 10, 2015

Going to Thailand? Do not travel without reading this handy-dandy guide on everything an Israeli and Jew should know about the land of coconuts.

Among Thailand’s most sought-after tourism destinations are the tropical islands—Ko Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao. Israeli regulars to Thailand will offer several reasons for why they keep coming back: the beautiful beaches; luxury resorts that can go for $50/night; cheap, professional massages on every corner ($12/hour on average); and the smiles of the Thai people.

An hour and a half flight from the capital of Bangkok, Ko Samui is the largest of the trio and forms the crux of Israeli tourism. Walk down the bustling, main thoroughfare of Chaweng, the island’s popular tourist hub, and you’ll be accosted with “shalom” if you look the least bit Israeli, especially by restaurateurs, coconut vendors, and masseuses (the “kosher” kind). How bad could that be? Read the rest here.