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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.

Bangkok

As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.
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Travel information

Bangkok is a major Southeast Asian air hub, and dozens of airlines fly regularly between the Thai capital and Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia. Thailand’s national carrier is Thai Airways International (THAI; www.thaiairways.com), which also operates a number of domestic air routes. Foreign conference participants are advice to book their flights to either to the main international airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or to Don Muang Airport (DMK).  Both airports are located approximately 45 minutes from the city and are primarily serviced by taxis. The two airports are about 30km (18 miles) apart, which is important to note when planning to connect between international or domestic flights.  It is strongly recommended that participants should arrive Bangkok one day prior to the conference as well as depart Bangkok the day after the conference.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport, participants could easily get to the city center by taking either Airport Rail Link serviced at the basement or Taxi on the 1st floor, Gates 4 and 7 of the platform of passenger terminal. Taxi fare from the Suvarnabhumi Airport: Fare charged according to the distance traveled plus a fee of 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees.  From Don Muang Airport, participants could easily get to the city center by taking either taxi or Airport Shuttle Bus.


Visa Matters

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements.

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Local Transportation

Bangkok has probably the most diverse modes of transportation, ranging from motorcycle taxi to the family sized taxi, from underground to sky train. But traffic jams in Bangkok cannot be underestimated. Therefore, we advise you to allow some extra time to commute from one place to another. Booking an accommodation at the official venue or near to the conference venue is strongly advised.

Airport Taxi:

Located on the 2nd level of the Arrival Hall of Suvarnabhumni Airport taxis from the airport are readily available. As most taxi drivers do not speak English, it is advisable to contact the taxi hiring station to assist you with communicating with the driver. The one-way fare from the airport to the city is approximately 300 Thai Baht and highway toll charges are additional (around Baht 25 each).
For Don Muang Airport, public taxi service locate in front of the Arrival Halls International & Domestic Passenger Terminals.  Give hotel address (see above) to driver. You can also give the Thai map (see above) to the driver for convenience.  Please note that fare charged according to the distance traveled plus a fee of THB 50 for the driver, and expressway fees.  Usually, a taxi to The Sukosol hotel will cost about THB 350 including the airport fee depending on traffic.

Airport Rail Link:

The Airport Rail Link runs from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to central Bangkok (Phaya Thai Station) from 06:00 to 24:00 daily. Trains depart every 20 minutes and take 30 minutes (stopping eight stations) for a fee of Baht 45 (approx. $US1.5). Full details can be found at www.bangkokairporttrain.com.

SKYTRAIN

Currently there are two routes, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line, which cover much of the central city and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas. The trains run daily between 06:00 and 24:00 with frequent services, about every 5 minutes. At The Sukosol you are located conveniently just across the road from the Skytrain Phaya Thai Station (exit 4) on the Sukhumvit Line. From here you can easily change to the Silom Line at Siam Station. Using the automated (in English) ticket machines or ticket window you can buy a Single Journey Ticket, Baht 10 and up (depending on number of stops); One-Day Pass, 120 Baht; 30 Day SmartPass, 20/30/40 trips for Baht 440, 600 and 800 respectively (price excludes 30 Baht issuing fee).

TAXI

Bangkok,s thousands of brightly coloured taxis are a great way to travel as most are new, air-conditioned and have working seatbelts. The meter charge is Baht 35 for the first 2km, then Baht 4.50 for each of the next 1km. Expressway tolls — Baht 25 to 70 depending on where you start — must be paid by the passenger. All taxis have meters installed and bargaining is not necessary. Our hotel porters in the main lobby are happy to arrange a taxi for you.

MOTORCYCLE

Simply tell your driver where you want to go, negotiate a price (from Baht 10 for a few blocks up to about Baht 100 going across town), strap on your helmet [if available] and away you go. Although a lot of fun and very efficient, be warned that the driving style and speed of your motorcycle taxi may not be what you,re used to back home, so exercise this transportation option with care.

RIVER FERRY

The Chao Phraya Express Boat Co. operates the main ferry service along the Chao Phraya river. The central pier is known as Sathorn, Saphan Taksin and Central Pier, and connects to the Skytrain,s Saphan Taksin station. Fares are cheap and differ by distance, Baht 10 to 34. A special tourist boat runs between Phra Athit and Sathorn every 30 minutes between 09:30 and 15:00. A one-day pass for unlimited travel costs Baht 120. There are also dozens of cross-river ferries, which charge Baht 3.50 and run every few minutes until late at night.

BUS

Whilst not the preferred transport of tourists; public buses are plentiful and cheap and will get you to most destinations in Bangkok. Air-con fares typically start at 10 or 12 Baht; fares for ordinary (fan-con) buses start at 7 or 8 Baht. Most of the bus lines run between 5 am and 11 pm, except for the ,all-night, buses, which run from 03:00 or 04:00 to mid-morning. A Bangkok Bus Map by Roadway is available at Asia Books and some 7-Eleven stores, and is the most up-to-date route map available.

TUK-TUK

Doing a similar job to the taxi is Thailand,s ubiquitous tuk-tuk. They are occasionally faster than taxis in heavy traffic as weaving in and out is easier, but generally about the same or slower. Without any luggage, three people can fit into one fairly comfortably. Fares always have to be bargained for before departing. Although these vehicles are a fun way to explore the city, they expose passengers to high pollution levels and offer almost no protection in case of an accident.