TRAVEL INFORMATION

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.

CLOTHING


Clothing made of light fabrics, such as cotton, linen, is suitable for outdoors in warm and humid climate. For formal occasions, a jacket and tie or Thai official costume with short or long sleeves is required for men. Blouse and long trouser suit is appropriate for women.




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.




TIME ZONE


The time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).


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.

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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.


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 bath. 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.


BUSINESS HOURS


Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week, usually from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Many stores open seven days a week from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Government offices are generally open between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. with a noon to 1.00 p.m. lunch break, Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays. Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. except on public holidays. Electricity: 220 Volt