About Thailand

Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s "land of smiles" reputation.


CLIMATE

There are three seasons in Thailand. Typically duration and temperature are as follows: 1. Rainy season (June to October) with monthly average temperature approximately 24-32 degree Celsius 2. Summer (March to May) with temperature approximately 30-38 degree Celsius 3. Winter (November to February) with temperature approximately 10-22 degree Celsius Annual average temperature is around 28 degree Celsius August with the humidity around 60%. An umbrella may be needed outdoor and the personal medicine to prevent catching a cold or other allergic disease may also be needed.


LANGUAGE

The conference will be conducted in English. In Thailand, the standard Thai language is used, while English is a mandatory subject in public schools and is widely spoken and understood in business and tourist areas. Spoken and written Thai is largely incomprehensible to casual visitors. However, English is widely understood, particularly in Bangkok where it is almost the major commercial language. English and some European languages are spoken in most hotels, shops and restaurants in major tourist destinations, and Thai-English road and street signs are found nationwide.


CURRENCY

The Thai currency is called "Baht". One Baht is divided into 100 Satang. Coins consist of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, one Baht, 2 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. Bank notes are in 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1,000 (gray) Baht. Currency exchange counters are available at the airport in and out of the arrival hall. Exchange rate at the airport is generally similar to exchange counters in town. The rates may be a bit better than that in hotels.


CREDIT CARDS

Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Master and Visa are wildly used and accepted. 3-5 percent additional charge may be applied in some stores. Please check with the stores before using.


VISA

Citizens of some countries, holding valid passports or travel documents, are entitled to visit Thailand for the purpose of pleasure for a period of 30 days without applying for a visa. Citizens of some countries can apply for a 30-day visa upon arrival. However, please check with the Royal Thai Embassy nearest to you. If visa is needed, please ensure that your visa application is approved prior to your departure.


TRANSPORT

Registered Taxi / Limousine queue is located outside of the arrival hall at Suwanabhumi International Airport. Taxi has a meter and the flag will start at 35 Baht. It takes approximately 1.5 hour from the airport to the conference venue depending on the traffic condition. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure plus an hour for transportation.


A thriving metropolis and the spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center of Thailand, Bangkok is a multi-faceted city that caters to all interests. You can immerse yourself in sightseeing, cultural, entertainment, shopping and dining. After the frenzy of discovering Bangkok’s treasures, you can unwind at the nearest spa, which generally seeks to alleviate stress, and foster "harmony" with the world through massage techniques that combine Western and Eastern elements and styles leaving you rejuvenated and ready for another round of activity. Rattanakosin Island or “Old City” the historical and spiritual heart of Bangkok, was the the heart of the new capital founded by King Rama I in 1782


Bangkok’s Modern Infrastructure

Bangkok’s new international airport will be only 15 minutes from downtown with the Airport Link opening in 2009. The BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground offer safe and convenient travel throughout the city. Combining these with the excellent network of expressways, travel times in the “new” Bangkok are considerably reduced even in peak travel times.


The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo

Bangkok’s most famous landmark including many ornate temples and buildings that was once home of the Thai Kings definitely offers endless awe-inspiring splendor. The magnificent Wat Phra Kaeo, a treasure trove of Thai arts and home to the Emerald Buddha, is definitely a must-see for all visitors.


The Chao Phraya River and Canals

A trip along Thailand’s chief artery, Chao Phraya River, and canals is the best way to explore the city formerly known as “Venice of the East”. A dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River is a perfect ending for the meeting. Delegates will relish a sumptuous feast of authentic Thai dishes while enjoying the best panoramic view of The Temple of the Dawn and the magnificent Royal Grand Palace complex



Hua Hin

Thailand’s premier beach resort town is the location of the King of Thailand’s summer palace. With a distinctive ambiance of classical old world charm, Hua Hin has every element for a truly extraordinary meeting experience.


Chiang Mai

Once a hub of Buddhism in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai entertains visitors with an astonishing vista of historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side. The city is blessed with pristine natural resources and a wealth of unique hill tribes and cultures that enhance its distinctive diversity.


Phuket

Phuket A town with a long and fascinating history situated on an island with some of the best beaches in the world. Phuket’s magnificent coastline contorts and twists into various sizes and shapes. The legendary Sarasin Bridge connects the island with major beaches and bays, such as, Hat Mai Khao, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Pansea & Hat Surin, Hat Kamala, Hat Patong, Hat Karon & Kata, Hat Nai Han and Hat Rawai.