Climate
The weather in Bangkok reflects that of a tropical monsoon climate and from July to October is particularly wet and humid.

Dress
A smart casual/ business attire dress code applies for all symposium sessions. Lounge suit/ cocktail dress for the conference dinner is requested.

Electricity
Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. There is no specific standard for plugs and outlets, and often the most common plug type is the two flat pronged North American type. Round prongs are also seen.

Name badges
The wearing of identification badges is mandatory and will be required for admission to all sessions. These will be provided at the conference registration desk upon your arrival.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.

Invitation letters
Letter of invitation will not be issued for this conference. To assist in obtaining any necessary visas that you may require, it is essential that you complete the online registration process when it opens and finalise payment in a timely manner. An official tax invoice and confirmation email will be issued to you which you will be able to submit with your visa application (if required).

Language
The official language of the conference is English.

Liability disclaimer
In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the symposium organised accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.

Money
Bangkok uses the official Thai currency of baht. The best currency exchange company in Bangkok is notably ‘Super Rich International Exchange’, who according to TripAdvisor, are almost guaranteed to have the best exchange rates. Money can be exchanged in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) airport and in banks and shopping malls around the city, however hefty exchange rates may apply.

No smoking policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings, many hotels and restaurants, public parks and is completely banned in some public areas of Bangkok. Such areas will be signed as a “no smoking area” and heavy fines will apply to those found by authorities to be smoking or littering cigarette butts. Smoking is not permitted at the conference venue.

Passport and VISA requirements
Delegates entering Thailand for the purpose of the conference to either attend or exhibit will require a Visitor visa which comes under the Tourism Authority of Thailand Act B.E. 2522 (1979). Some nationalities enjoy visa-free or Visa-on-Arrival travel in Thailand.
www.mfa.go.th/main/en

Time zones
Bangkok operates on Indochina, which is 7 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international delegates, we recommend you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory in Thailand, however it is customary to leave behind any loose change as a tip in restaurants and taxis.

Travel: getting around the city

Skytrain (BTS)

The Bangkok Sky Train is easily the swiftest and most convenient way to get around Bangkok. The BTS provides a cheap, cool, clean and fast service, while also providing a scenic way to enjoy the city. Major shopping malls, markets and the riverside are all accessible via the Skytrain.

There are two BTS lines in Bangkok. The Silom line which runs west to south, and the Sukhumvit line runs north to east. The two lines meet at Siam Station and also connect at two points with the underground (MRT).

Trains arrive every 3-6 minutes between 06:30 and midnight. The last train leaves between 23:30 and 23:50 and will not commence service again until morning. Peak hour times are between 07:00 –09:00 and 16:00 – 19:00 at which time the Skytrain becomes extremely crowded.

How to pay: Skytrain fares start at 15 baht for one stop or can be purchased in bulk. All Skytrain cards can be purchased at Skytrain stations.

One-day Pass Unlimited travel Valid for one single day 120 baht Ideal for tourists

Read more at: www.bangkok.com/bts/?cid=ch:OTH:001

Bangkok subway (MRT) underground

Another fast and affordable way to get around Bangkok is the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network, which has 18 stations and stretches for 20km in a horseshoe shape around the city. Also known as the Bangkok subway or underground, trains arrive every 5-7 minutes and connect to the BTS Skytrain at both Silom and Sukhumvit stations.

The MRT underground operates from 06:00 to midnight and has trains arriving every seven minutes. During its peak hours from 07:00 – 09:00 and 16:00 – 19:00, trains arrive every five minutes. All MRT stations accommodate for disabled people.

To pay for the MRT underground, you must purchase a Store Value Card. This can be purchased at any MRT station and is not compatible with the BTS Skytrain network.

Read more at: www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around/mrt.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Taxis

Aside from the BTS and MRT, the most convenient way to travel Bangkok is via taxi. Most taxis are new, spacious above all, air conditioned. All public taxi rates are metered and commonly rounded up to the nearest baht (i.e. 51 baht rounded up to 60 baht). All taxi fares begin at 35 baht and stay there for 2 kms. After that, the fare is roughly 2 baht per kilometre. A 1.25 baht surcharge will apply per meter when you are moving under 6kms (stuck in traffic) and sometimes communication can be difficult with taxi drivers as they often don’t speak English. Fares must be paid in cash.

It is important to note that when hailing taxis, you should keep your hand horizontal, fingers facing down. Holding your hand with fingers up is considered rude.

Boat

Traveling around Bangkok by boat is often not the most efficient method of transport, but it is a fantastic way to discover the timeless charm of the city and it’s many waterways. Using the extensive network of boats and ferries may appear complicated, so we do not recommend this method of travel if you are in a rush. Read more at: www.bangkok.com/attraction-waterway/?cid=ch:OTH:001