Thailand is located in the center of South East Asia, with its capital Bangkok as an important aviation hub. Bangkok’s modern Suvarnabhumi International Airport is one of the world’s top airports, welcoming more than 45 million passengers annually. It is served by 100 airlines linking 170 cities around the globe. Some approximate flight times are:
- North America West Coast ~ 13 hours
- Europe ~ 10 hours
- Australia ~ 8 hours
- Japan ~ 5 hours
- Major cities in South East Asia ~ 2-3 hours
Visitor Friendly City
The Airport Rail Link, opening in 2010, will provide a 15-minute commute from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the city center. The congress venue is located 30-40 minutes from the airport and is only 20 minutes from downtown Bangkok. Shuttle bus services from the official hotel to the congress venue will be provided during the conference. Two mass transit systems, BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway cover central Bangkok, connecting major hotels with major shopping, entertainment and business districts, while metered taxis offer safe and convenient alternative transport.
Thailand: A Great Place to Visit
Thailand is one of the world’s favorite travel destinations. Visitors enjoy the country’s warm, tropical climate, its outstanding beaches, coral-fringed islands, World Heritage sites, cool mountains, rich forests, and elephant trekking. Add to that, fabulous shopping in markets and malls, alluring Thai cuisine, fascinating culture and inimitable Thai hospitality. Delegates will be spoilt for choice of unforgettable holiday escapes on pre and post-congress tours within the Kingdom of Thailand, or continue on to other exotic Asian destinations.
Bangkok: A Fabulous City
Bangkok is one of Asia’s great cities, a vibrant metropolis and the spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center of Thailand. Visitors can enjoy sightseeing, cultural entertainment, shopping and dining. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple, Chinatown, Temple of Dawn, and a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River and its major canals to discover the traditional way of life in this magical city.
Bangkok: Many Activities for Delegates
Delegates and their spouses will find many ways to enjoy their leisure time before and after the congress. Many of the main attractions are in old Bangkok, within 20-40 minutes from city center hotels. Suggestions for half and full day tours of Bangkok and its vicinity, as well as various activities, include the following:
Half or 1 day excursion (US$ 35-150):
- Introduction to Bangkok City Tour
- Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
- Canal Cruise
- Thai History & Treasures at National Museum
- Floating Market, Rose Garden and Crocodile Farm
- Ayutthaya UNESCO World Heritage Site
- River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
Various Activities (US$15-80):
- Health Spa Treatment
- Thai Cooking class & Fruit Carving
- Thai Massage class
- Entertainment: Siam Niramitr, Joe Louis Puppets, Aksara Theatre
- Thai Boxing
World-Renowned Thai Hospitality
Thailand is well known as the “Land of Smiles”, reflecting the friendliness and easy-going lifestyles of Thai people. Traditional Thai hospitality makes visitors feel welcome anywhere in Thailand. Thai cuisine is even more renowned world-wide for its wonderful flavors, fresh ingredients, superb seafood and occasional spiciness. Visitors have to discover the exciting tastes of authentic Thai dishes. Even better, learn to cook such popular dishes as Pad Thai, Tom Yam Goong, … and much more.