GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE WAPR-ACSR 2017 PARTICIPANTS

CLIMATE

There are three seasons in Bangkok, Thailand.  Typical length and climatic condition of each season are as follows:

1. Rainy season (June to October)
The temperature approximately ranges from 25-35 °C, and there is a high chance of a shower of rain and also thunderstorms.

2. Summer (March to May)
The temperature approximately ranges from 30-39 °C.

3. Winter (November to February)
The temperature approximately ranges from 22-35 °C.

In September, when the congress will be held, there will be a possibility of rainfalls. The average temperature during that time period will be 25-35 °C. The relative humidity is expected to range from 70-80%. An umbrella and a raincoat may be needed for outdoor activities and travelling. Personal medicine to fight against a cold and allergy may also be needed.

 

CLOTHING

On 13th October 2016, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a unifying figure for all Thais, peacefully passed away at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. In the wake of this event, the Thai government declared a one-year period of mourning. During the time of the conference, Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing to express their mourning. Even though this is not required of foreigners, please be kindly advised that wearing somber and respectful clothing and refraining from wearing clothes with striking color will be highly appreciated. Black and white attire is most recommended.

Apart from this, clothing made of light fabric such as cotton and linen is appropriate for outdoor activities in hot and humid climate.

LANGUAGE

In Bangkok, Thai language is commonly used while most Bangkokians are able to communicate in English especially in the heart of Bangkok and other tourist spots. At famous tourist destinations such as hotels, shopping malls and restaurants, besides English, the staff is also able to speak and understand Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and some European languages. In Bangkok, all street signs are written in both Thai and English.

Please also note that at the conference, all symposiums will be conducted in English.

CURRENCY

The Thai currency is called "baht". One baht is divided into 100 satang. Thai 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 one at the exchange counters in town which can conveniently be found at most shopping malls and also all commercial banks

CREDIT CARDS

Major credit cards, including American Express, Diners Club, Master, Visa, JCB, and Unionpay are widely used and accepted. A 3-5% surcharge may be imposed in some stores.

BUSINESS HOURS

Normal working hours in most business areas in Bangkok are Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Many stores are 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. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. except on public holidays. However, banks located in a shopping mall operate at the same hours as the shopping mall. Please check the opening hour of shopping malls for this regard.

ELECTRICITY

The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. Using 110 volt appliances without a converter is not advised. Be sure to check the power input rating. Some appliances will run on both 110 and 220 volts. If so, the rating will be written on the appliance, e.g., "100~240V" meaning they will run on anything between 100 and 240 volts.

VISA

Citizens of some countries, holding valid passports or travel documents, are entitled to visiting Thailand for pleasure purposes for a period of 30 days without a valid visa

However, to apply for a visa, citizens of some countries can apply for a 30-day visa upon their arrival.

Please refer to http://www.consular.go.th/main/th/customize/62281-Summary-of-Countries-and-Territories-entitled-for.html for more information

In case that a visa is required, please ensure that your visa has been issued prior to your departure.

Please go to http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15398-Issuance-of-Visa.html for more information or contact the Royal Thai Consulate in your country.

TRANSPORT

Travelling from/to Suvarnabhumi International Airport to/from the city

The most convenient transport is a taxi. The taxi is metered, and the fare starts at 35 baht. However for a trip from the airport, the surcharge of 50 baht is imposed. Also please keep in mind that express way fees are not already included in the fare. In case of normal traffic, it takes approximately 1.5 hours from the airport to the conference venue. For the trip to the airport, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departure and also spare at least one hour for the travelling time.

Another form of transportation to/from the airport worth considering is Bangkok Airport Rail Link. From the airport to Asia Hotel, the congress venue (and vice versa), it takes around 45 minutes if you travel by BKK airport rail link from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phayathai Station, where you can make a transfer to Bangkok’s skytrains (BTS) and catch a BTS skytrain from Phayathai Station to Ratchathewi station, where Asia hotel is located.

For a trip from the hotel to the airport, you just backtrack the route mentioned above.

Please visit these sites for more information regarding Bangkok Airport Rail Link and Bangkok’s skytrains.

Bangkok Airport Rail Link: http://www.bangkokairporttrain.com/

Bangkok’s skytrains: https://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/main.aspx

BKK Airport Rail Link and BTS skytrains operate daily from 6.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.

More information regarding other available transportations can be found on this website.

http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/landings/transportation

 

Travelling from/to Don Mueang International Airport to/from the city

The most convenient transport is a taxi. The taxi stand is located near Gate 8 on the first floor of the Arrival Hall, Terminal 1. The taxi is metered, and the fare starts at 35 baht. However for a trip from the airport, the surcharge of 50 baht is imposed. Also please keep in mind that express way fees are not already included in the fare. In case of normal traffic, it takes approximately 1.5 hours from the airport to the conference venue. For the trip to the airport, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departure and also spare at least one hour for the travelling time.

 

Travelling within the city

Bangkok’s skytrains (BTS) and subways (MRT) are the most popular kinds of transportation for travelling in Bangkok. From and to the conference venue, travelling on a skytrain (BTS) is most recommended since the venue is directly connected to the Ratchathewi BTS station. Please refer to these websites for more details.

Bangkok’s skytrains: https://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/main.aspx

Bangkok’s subways: https://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/index.aspx?Lang=En

BTS skytrains and MRT subways operate daily from 6.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.

 

HEALTH/TRAVEL INSURANCE

 

In case that the participant incurs any sort of accidents or health-related issues during the conference, please note that the organizing committee will not hold any responsibility or liability for injury or damage whatsoever caused. All foreign participants are advised to purchase a health insurance or travel insurance prior to the trip to the conference.

 

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBER

 

Emergency Calls

Mobile Police

191

Fire Brigades

199

Tourist Police

1155

Tourist Service Center

1672

 

For more useful telephone numbers (e.g. embassies and consulates), please visit http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/thailand/thailand_calls_important.html