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TRAVEL AND VENUE



CONFERENCE VENUE



Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld

Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is in the very heart of Bangkok’s shopping and business district, with easy access by road and via the BTS Skytrain. This five-star hotel, the flagship of Centara Hotels & Resorts, is therefore ideal for those shopping, sightseeing, or on business. Experience the most complete city centre meetings and convention complex in the capital at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. There is a multitude of options including the World Ballroom with a maximum capacity of 1,000 persons seated theatre-style and a series of 17 Lotus Suites, which can accommodate between 10 and 400 people. Both the hotel and the convention centre connect seamlessly with CentralWorld, one of the largest lifestyle and shopping complexes in Southeast Asia, which along with its shops, stores, boutiques and restaurants includes a multiplex cinema that can be used for presentations, and areas for organising exhibitions and public presentations.


TRAVEL 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.

TIME ZONE
The time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).

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. Please visit the website of Thai Ministry of Foreign Affair for more information (http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908)

TRANSPORT
Registered Taxi / Limousine queue is located outside of the arrival hall at Suvarnabhumi 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 is recommended that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure plus an hour for transportation.