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TRANSPORTATION

The host will provide international and domestic air tickets to all sponsored participants. All transfers to and from the Airports in their home countries will have to be borne by the participants. Please fill in the registration form and send it back as soon as possible or at the latest by Friday 11 September 2015 so that the organizer can make reservation and send e-tickets to you in due time.

The host will provide airport transfers from and to the domestic international airports upon the participants’ arrivals and departures as well as other ground transportation during the workshop and conference programme. All ground transportation will be arranged for all categories of participants by the ONCB, Royal Thai Government.

VISA

  • Visa exemption. Please study Annex B for the list of countries that are eligible for visa exemptions either from visa exemption schemes or from bilateral agreements.
  • Participants who do require visas must arrange for their own visas through the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates-General in their countries.
  • Participants from some countries must present an International Health Certificate proving that they have vaccination when applying for visa and to the Immigration Office upon arrival at the port of entry in the Kingdom.
  • Participants who do not have access to Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consultes-General in their countries should inform us at icadseminar2015@gmail.com in order that the Royal Thai Government issue Visa exemption for them on the basis that they are seminar workshop and conference participants.
  • For more information on visa, please visit http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/changes-visa-exempt.php 
 

COUNTRY

Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 when it officially became the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. Bangkok is the capital city. The Head of State is His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty (founded in 1782) and the longest reigning monarch in Thailand and the World.

GEOGRAPHY

The Kingdom of Thailand, covering an area of approximately 514,000 square kilometers, lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, roughly equidistant between India and China. It shares borders with Myanmar to the west and north, Lao P.D.R. to the north and northeast, Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south. The country comprises 77 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages.

TIME ZONE

Thailand’s Standard Time is GMT+7

PEOPLE

The majority (roughly 75%) of Thailand’s approximately 65 million citizens are ethnically Thai. The remainder consists primarily of peoples of Chinese, Indian, Malay, Mon, Khmer, Burmese, Lao decent and a large number of expatriate residents from across the globe.

LANGUAGE

Spoken and written Thai is largely incomprehensible to the casual visitor. However, English is widely understood, particularly in Chiang Mai 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.

WEATHER

Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures typically ranging from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F). The weather is normally hot and humid. Thailand can be divided into three seasons: hot (March to May), rainy (June to October), and cool (November to February). Annual average temperature is about 29 degree C with monthly average ranging from 35 degree C in April to 26 degree C in December.

MONEY AND BANKS

The Baht is the standard currency unit. Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques are conveniently exchanged and cashed at major banks and authorized money exchangers. Banks are generally open on weekdays from 08.30 to 15.30 hrs. However, the banks in the shopping malls operate for longer hours until at least 19.30 hrs. every day of the week. Cash in Baht can also be withdrawn from the ATMs. Hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and ATMs, restaurants and ATMs accept most international credit cards, including Visa, Master Card and American Express.

TIPPING /GRATUITIES

In luxury hotels, restaurants and bars, a 10% services charge is generally levied. A tip for personal service is also becoming increasingly common.

TAX REFUND

Foreign visitors can claim a 7% value-added tax (VAT) refund.

ELECTRICITY/VOLTAGE

The electric current is 220-240 volts AC, 50 Hertz (twopin, flat and vertical, connection) throughout the country. Many different types of plugs and sockets are in use. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of difference voltage.

USEFUL NUMBERS

  • Emergency (police, ambulance, fire, crime, etc.)

191

  • Medical Emergency

1554

  • Ambulance and Rescue

1669

  • Crime suppression :

1195 or 0 2513 3844

  • National Disaster Warning Center

1860

  • Fire Brigade

199

  • Highway police

1193

  • Tourist police (English, French and German spoken)

1155

  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Call Centre

1672

  • Immigration Bureau

0 2287 3101-10

TELEPHONE SERVICES

At present, all home base telephone numbers (for local calls and long distance calls within the country) have nine digits while mobile phone has ten digits.

  • For Bangkok calls, 02 is added to the existing numbers i.e. 0 2694 1222.
  • For provincial calls, an area code also is added to the existing numbers.
  • For mobile phones, 080 or 081 or 082 or 083 or 084 or 085 or 086 or 087 or 088 or 089 is added to the existing numbers.
  • The international dialing code for Thailand is 66.
  • When making international calls to Thailand, add 66 and omit the leading 0.
  • When making international calls from Thailand, first dial 001+country code + area code + telephone number
  • Direct assistance: 1133 (local), 100 (international)

 

SIGHTSEEING

For information on things to see and to do from the historical sights and cultural attractions to the modernity of humanity in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and vicinity, visit the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) website at

 

 

 

 
 
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