Event Location and Hotel for participants
The meeting will take place at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Participants traveling from abroad will also be hosted at the same hotel.
Shareton Grande Sukhumvit is located at:
250 Sukhumvit Road,
Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Transfer from Airport to the hotel and return will be provided by AOT Limousine and it takes approximately 45 minutes based on traffic.
Please note that you will not have to make any payment for this transfer arrangement.
The organizing team will get in touch will all participants regarding the process of entering Thailand.
- Please make sure that your passport has validity for at least 6 months from the date that you expect to arrive in Thailand
- Please make sure you have an appropriate visa to enter Thailand, if required
- Please make sure that you have printed out your flight ticket
Bangkok Facts and Key Information
Bangkok is the capital and the most populous city as well as the largest city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometers (605.7 sq. mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country's population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand's other urban centers in terms of importance.
The Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s led many multinational corporations to locate their regional headquarters in Bangkok. The city is now a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for
transport and health care, and are emerging as a regional center for the arts, fashion, and entertainment.
Most residents of Thailand are native Thais, although there is an influx of Chinese immigrants as well as Indians, Arabs, Malays and Europeans. Most Thais are welcoming and friendly to visitors to Bangkok, as it is one of the most highly visited cities in Southeast Asia. In addition, Bangkok has an important influence on Southeast Asia's industrial and financial sectors.
Bangkok Population: 9 million
Area: approximately 23 miles (37 km).
Temperatures: 26 to 30 degrees C
Currency: Thai Baht
Ethnic composition: 90% Thai; 9% Chinese; 1% other
94.6% of Thais are Buddhist
4.6% of Thais are Muslim
0.7% of Thais are Christian
Nicknames: Venice of Asia, City of Angels, Divine City
Climate: Subtropical. Bangkok is hot all year, with temperatures ranging from an average of
25°C (77°F) in December to 30°C (86°F) in April. Bangkok has three distinct seasons: the hot
season (March through May), the rainy season (June through October), and the cool season
(November through February).
Telephone Area Code: 02; 66 (Thailand country code
Voltage Output: 220 volts AC, alternating at 50 cycles per second
Department stores and a number of shops in Bangkok have fixed prices, but at most of the others bargaining is acceptable and expected; some department stores will even offer a discount on expensive items like jewelry and fine furniture. No fixed rules can be given on the process depending as it does on the bargainer’s skill and the shopkeeper’s mood, but the final price may be reduced as much as 30% to that first quoted. An important point to keep in mind is that Thais admire good manners and a sense of humor and tend to be put off by a loss of temper. Providing you have the time, a good general rule is to make a survey of several shops selling the sort of items you want before coming to a final decision.
Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming more common. Most hotels
and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the
gesture is appreciated and 20-50 baht is acceptable for porters.
In Thailand, you should prefer cash payment to credit cards. Ensure that credit card never goes out of your sight. Few stores might charge a handling fee for credit card purchases.
Originally, Bangkok's transportation system was based on the Chao Phraya River and a series of canals. With the advent of the automobile, however, many of the canals have been filled in to make way for roads, and water travel is most common on the Chao Phraya. In Bangkok, an efficient, easy to access transportation network makes getting around this sprawling, bustling metropolis a breeze.
The BTS “Skytrain” as it’s commonly called is a cheap and convenient way to get around Bangkok above the fray. Since its inception in 1999 it has transformed the way people move around the city. There are two lines currently in operation with a central hub in Siam Station, home to an endless variety of shopping, hotels, and restaurants. The train runs from 06:00 to 24:00 every day. And slightly increase the number of routes from the suburbs into the city to cover even more.
The Metropolitan Rapid Transit, or MRT, is Bangkok’s underground train system and another inexpensive and comfortable way to elude the masses when commuting in Bangkok. As with the BTS, MRT is easy to access and equally easy to navigate, and the two rail systems synch up at three main transfer stations: Silom (MRT)/Sala Daeng (BTS), Sukhumvit (MRT)/Asoke (BTS), Chatuchak Park (MRT)/ Mo Chit (BTS). The MRT also operates from 06:00 to 24:00 every day.
Airport Rail Link
Rounding out Bangkok’s trio of commuter rail systems is the Airport Rail Link, a straight shot running east for 30 km from just north of downtown to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and back. The ARL is comprised of two lines terminating at the airport: a non-stop Express service that begins at Makkasan (with easy transfer to MRT Petchaburi), and a City Train service with six stops starting at Phaya Thai Station (connecting to Phaya Thai BTS). Airport link runs from 06:00 to 24:00 every day as well.
In Bangkok, one word comes to mind with respect to taxi cabs, and that’s “everywhere.” A litany of pink, yellow, blue and other colorful “taxi-meters” ferry locals and tourists around the city, at rates so low you may not believe it. Fares start at a meter 35 Baht (just over $1 US), and it’s not uncommon to ride an hour or more across the city for just a few bucks. It also offers the option “Grab Taxi” Apps on mobile phone to request taxi to a more convenient and another “All Thai Taxi” Apps is available as well. The services provided with the Toyota Prius of 500 units nationwide. Credit card can be used for the payment.
Planes, Trains, & Buses
There are also seemingly thousands of public buses – some of them free – zipping about the city at all hours of the day. An extensive network of highways throughout the country makes getting out of Bangkok easy, and there are also long-haul bus and train routes to virtually every nook and corner of the country. Domestic air travel has really taken off in recent years as well, with national carrier Thai Airways International operating an extensive daily schedule, and several budget and boutique carriers doing brisk business too. With Bangkok as the hub, no place in Thailand is more than a 1- to 2-hour flight away.