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GENERAL 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.

LANGUAGE

The conference will be conducted in English. However, simultaneous translation from English to Thai will be provided. Translation from English to other languages such as Spanish and French may be provided depending on a number of participants who speak those languages. 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 Bath, 2 Bath, 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.

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

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. http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123

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 normally takes around 2 – 3 hrs. from Bangkok to Pattaya by car. For International travellers, there are some options to travel from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya.
From Suvarnnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya
• By Taxi :
There are metered taxis offering visitors to go to Pattaya , but before accepting to take one, please remember that there is an official price for metered taxis – approximately 1,500 Baht with additional 60 Bath for express way charges.
• 2. By Bus : Nowadays, arriving visitors who would like to enjoy Pattaya do not have to get in Bangkok because there are air-conditioned bus direcly to Pattaya provided in Suvarnabhumi airport (by Roong Rueng Coach Co., Ltd.). Bus departs every hour from 07.00 to 22.00. This option has established since 2008. To visit Pattaya become really easy, in other words.

The counter for going to Pattaya is located near gate 8 at 1st floor of Suvarnbhumi Airport. Its price currently is 134 baht. Bus stop at Pattaya is at the Junction to North Pattaya, Central Pattaya, South Pattaya, Thepprasit, and Thappraya Office. Note that the 21.00 bus and 22.00 bus will go to Pattaya Bus Terminal only because of late arrival at Pattaya.

Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya Counter Tel: +66 (0) 86-324-2391
From Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya,
There is only Taxi recommended.







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