About Bangkok

|Entry into Thailand| |International Airport| |Attractions| |Weather| |Currency| |Business Hours| |Electricity|

Entry into Thailand

All participants should check with the appropriate Thai consular office(s) in your country to determine their requirements for legal entry into Thailand for the purpose of attending the conference. Please see "Visa Regulations" in the General Information page for more details.

International Airport

Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located on the east-bound Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakarn Province, and is about 25 km from downtown Bangkok.

airportArriving passengers can enter the passenger terminal via the 2nd floor of the concourse building, except bus gate passengers. At the terminal, all passengers will go through passport control checkpoints and subsequently collect their baggage from one of the 22 baggage conveyor belts, 17 of which are for international passengers and 5 are for domestic passengers. Once passengers have collected their baggage and passed the customs control checkpoints, they can proceed to the arrivals hall where they will find transportation counters, hotel and accommodation counters and a tourist information centre.

More information about the Suvarnabhumi Airport can be found at http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/main_en.php.

Attractions

attractionBangkok, known to Thais as "Krung Thep" (meaning the City of Angels), was established in 1782 by King Rama I as the capital of Siam. Like other modern cities in the world, Bangkok has many skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, hi-tech shopping malls, and a modern international airport. However, Bangkok has managed to retain its traditional charm. It is a mixture of old and new, of East and West, and this is apparent wherever you go in this intriguing city.

If your stay in Bangkok is a short one, you won't be able to see all the attractions. For visits of four to five days, include Wat Pra Kaew (Emerald Buddha Temple) and the Grand Palace along with Wat Po, Wat Arun, the National Museum, Erawan Shrine, Vimanmek Teak Mansion, and a river or canal trip.

For further information, please visit http://www.tourismthailand.org and http://www.bangkoktourist.com.

Weather

There are three seasons: hot (March to May), rainy (June to October), and cool (November to February). Annual average temperature is about 29°C with monthly averages ranging from 35°C in April to 26°C in December.

Currency

Foreign currency changes are available at the airport and provide the same rates as in town and better rates than hotels. Thai baht is divided into 100 satangs. Paper denominations consist of 1,000- (gray), 500- (purple), 100- (red), 50- (blue), and 20- (green) baht notes. Coins consist of ten-, five-, two-, one-baht disks, as well as 50- and 25-satang brass disks.

Major establishments readily accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club cards. Expect a 3-5 percent surcharge. Major Bangkok banks also recognize these credit cards.

For most updated exchange rate, please visit: Bank of Thailand

Business Hours

Government offices open from 08:30-16:30 hrs on Mondays to Fridays. Business hours are from 08:00 or 08:30-17:00 hrs on Mondays to Fridays. Most department stores are operated from 10:00-21:00 hrs (7 days a week).

Electricity

220 Volts 50 Hz throughout the country