MAKY, why don't you look at Superior A.R.T? It's on Wireless Road in Bangkok. It's a beautiful, well-equipped new facility with doctors and embryologists trained by Sidney IVF. Costs are lower than HK for sure. Success rates for their 1st year of operations are impressive. There's also Jetanin on Chidlom which is the most established reproductive technology center in BKK.
1. With data compiled from clinics around the US, the thaw rate of frozen embryos is about 75% (3 out of 4 of mine made it at the Sanatorium in HK).
2. There does not seem to be any consensus about how different the success rates of FETs vs fresh transfers, but it is accepted that the rates are lower. I've read FETs have about a 20% success rate, and that is what Dr. Ho told me. However, it really depends on the quality of the embryo that has been frozen. That said, my first FET worked. We transfered 3 and got one little sweat pea out of the batch.
3. Workingmom, I have my fingers crossed for you!
4. During my 2ww after my FET, I traveled, did yoga, had a beer, ate raw seafood, carried heavy luggage and heavy children, took anti-acids, pretty much everything you're not supposed to do. If it's a genetically normal embryo and you are in good health, then nothing should stop it! Not that I am recommending that you do what I did, just saying that you shouldn't drive yourself nuts trying to figure out what to do or not to do.
5. Acupuncture: I did it for a failed IVF, the successful the FET, but not for 2 other IVF (one successful, the other resulting in no suitable embryos to transfer as we did PGD for females). After doing a ton of research during this last IVF with PGD, I discovered that on average 50% off all day 3 embies are abnormal according to PGD studies. Of course, that number goes up the older you get until at age 45 it's virtually 100%. Acupuncture can help with a whole bunch of problems (adhesions, lining thickness, ovulation), but it can't help with the quality of your embryos, the most important factor. Of course, it's relaxing and it can't hurt. I did it because I have lining issues.
Hope some of this was useful.