General Information


Weather
The weather in Thailand is generally hot and humid: typical of its location within the tropics. Generally speaking, Thailand can be divided into three seasons: hot season, rainy season, and cool season, though Thailand’s geography allows visitors to find suitable weather somewhere in the country throughout the year.  The rainy season (lasts from May to November) is dominated by the southwest monsoon. During this period rainfall in most of Thailand is at its heaviest. Please be sure to bring an umbrella and appropriate shoes.

Thailand Weather Report,www.tmd.go.th

Language
While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand, many Thais also speak and understand English, though more so in Bangkok and the major tourist areas.  As visitors to Thailand also include many Europeans and other Asians, Thai people’s language skills often also include these other languages to varying degrees.  The Thai language itself is challenging to master, but Thai people are happy to help foreigners learn a few words to help them get around. However, English is typically the common currency for cross-cultural conversation as Thailand hosts visitors from around the world.

Temperature
Located just 15 degrees north of the Equator, Thailand has a tropical climate and the temperature typically ranges from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100F). The weather in October, month of the Conference, is roughly around 30-35 degrees Celsius.

Currency
The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. Baht comes in both coin and banknote forms. The size of Thai currency both coins and bills increases with value and varies in colors.
Baht Foreign currency
36 Baht 1 US dollars
39 Baht 1 Euro
30 Baht 100 Yen
5.5 Baht 1 Yuan

***Please note that these values are only approximate values. Please check daily exchange rate at www.bot.or.th

Time
Thailand Standard time is GMT+7. Thailand does not observe daylight savings.

Electricity
Electrical outlets in Thailand are charged to 220 V at 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with appliances from the U.K. but not those from the US and many other nations. While most computer cables have adapters for voltage, visitors from the U.S. and those not on the 220/50 V. will have to bring adapters to run most other appliances. Outlets in Thailand generally feature flat, two pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. Few outlets feature three holes (grounded outlets) so it is often necessary to have a three to two prong adapter for using notebook computers in Thailand.

Emergency Numbers
Thailand is generally safe. However, in case of emergency, one can dial the following numbers:

Mobile Police Hotline: 191

Tourist Police Hotline: 1155

Emergency Medical Service Hotline: 1669

Hospitals
If you fall sick while in Bangkok, there are numerous accredited hospitals you can go to. Here are a few hospitals located near the congress venue:

Bumrungrad International Hosptial 

It is a private hospital located in the heart of Bangkok and is one of Thailand’s most renowned hospitals. It is a 200-bed premier healthcare center for specialty medicine and a leading provider in medical tourism. Here, doctors and nurses are fluent in English.

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

It is a government hospital located in the financial district of Bangkok. It is operated by Thai Red Cross Society and functions as the teaching/training medical center for the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University as well as the Thai Red Cross College of Nursing. With a capacity of 1,479 in-patient beds, it is one of the most extensive hospitals in Thailand.

Visa
Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.  However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they are nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes.  Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days.  For more information, please see Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand

For further information please visit: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15405-General-information.html 

Letter of Invitation
Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in the Congress should send a request for an official invitation letter to our Secretariat at afcc2018@kenes.com.

Please note that this letter cannot be regarded as a commitment regarding scheduling or financial support from the organizers.

Useful Links:
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) :www.tourismthailand.org
Thai Airways :www.thaiairways.co.th
Airport Taxi :www.bangkokairporttaxi.com

Reference: Information is taken from https://www.tourismthailand.org/, http://www.holiday-weather.com/http://bangkok.sawadee.com/touristline.html