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Chabad of Thailand opened its first center on Khao San Rd. in 1994. Six years later, in September 2001, Chabad House relocated to its current location on 96 Ram Buttri Rd. (just behind Khao San). The five-story Ohr Menachem building houses an 800 people-capacity community hall, a 150 people-capacity synagogue, as well as a kosher restaurant.

Bangkok's Khao San Road, a miscellaneous cavalcade of Eastern and Western trends and fads, is a world-famous backpacker haunt. Originally a simple soi with low-priced guesthouses, cheap restaurants and curbside vendors' stalls, Khao San Rd. has spilled out into several neighboring streets, so the today it encompasses an ever-growing, largely self-contained neighborhood. The area has become decidedly upmarket in the process with several upscale hotels and eateries attracting a more discerning clientele beyond regular backpackers traveling on a shoestring.

Khao San Rd. is especially popular with young Israeli travelers, most of whom are just past their exacting army services and embarking on what many of them consider to be a must-do rite of passage: strenuous months-long tours around Southeast Asia and India. Tens of thousands of young Israelis pass through Thailand — and Khao San Rd. — each year on their way to and from travel destinations across the region.

Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, who has been supervising the center's operations for a decade, has become something of a legend with young Israeli travelers: backpackers often arrive in Thailand with his name and address ready in hand to seek the comforts of Chabad House's island of homey familiarity in a foreign ocean of oriental exotica.

Any day of the week hundreds of Israeli backpackers, in between their upcountry travels, visit Khao San's Chabad House to meet up with friends, exchange travel tips, take authentic Israeli meals, do their email, and call back home. Whereas many of them are on spiritual quests to immerse themselves in the mysteries of oriental philosophies and religious practices, they generally prove themselves more than receptive to Judaism. Ironically, many young Israelis, leading nonobservant lives at home, discover the depths of their ancestral faith in Bangkok.

Above all, Chabad on Khao San Rd. strives to repay the trust young Israeli travelers repose in us. The vagaries of lengthy travel off the beaten tourist path sometimes leave wayfarers in need of financial and other help. Chabad House operates a message board and phone service for young Jewish backpackers to notify friends and loved ones of their doings as well as to transfer or receive funds. Free internet service is available at the premises, and if need be Rabbi Wilhelm and his helpers will come to the aid of any Jewish tourist in need (as happened after the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, when Chabad of Thailand was among the very first aid agencies to offer assistance and relief to victims.)

Shabbat dinners are very popular with Israeli backpackers staying on Khao San Rd., with 150 and 200 of them turning up for candle lighting every week.

 Location 

96 Ram Buttri Rd. Banglampoo, Bangkok Thailand 10200 

Tel: 662 629-2770 | Fax: 662 629-1153

 Services 

Shabbat 

Friday Eve | Services at Sunset followed by Shabbat meal | Click for times 
9:30 AM - Chasidus & Parsha Class | 10:00 AM - Shacharis 
2:15 PM - Mincha | Maariv & Havdala at Shabbat's end

Weekday 

9:30 Shacharis | Mincha and Maariv at sunset

 Accomodations

Name   Comments 
Ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai Hotel   Across the street from the Chabad HouseAcross the street from the Chabad House
Navalai River Resort   7-8 minutes from the CH, nice boutique hotel
Riva Surya   Nicest hotel in the area (4 stars) 8 min walk 
Chilax Resort   New and very nice, about an 8 minute walk from CH 
Nouvo City Hotel    New and very nice, about an 8 minute walk from CH

 

Sleep Within Guesthouse    On the same street as the Chabad House 
Rambuttri House Guesthouse    On the same street as the Chabad House 
Buddy Lodge    
Royal Hotel     
Stare Dome  Map

 

 
Four Sons     
Rambuttri House     

An internent search for “Accomodations on Kaosarn Rd” will turn up many results. 

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