March 8-10, 2017
Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Thailand
The Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand
9th Floor, Royal Golden Jubilee Building
2 Soi Soonvijai New Petchburi Road
Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2716 6214 Fax: +66 2716 6966
LANGUAGE: English is the official language of the congress. There is no translation service.
INVITATION LETTER: Upon request, the Congress Secretariat will be happy to issue a letter of official invitation to attend the conference. However, such solicited invitation will not offer payment of any expenses.
VISA: All Foreign visitors entering Thailand must be in possession of a passport or other travel documents endorsed and valid for Thailand. For nationals of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United States of America, Germany, all ASEAN countries, Republic of Korea, a stay of 15 days without visa is permitted. For all other nationals, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country.
BANGKOK: A thriving metropolis and the spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center of Thailand, Bangkok is a multi-faceted city that caters to all interests. You can immerse yourself in sightseeing, cultural visits, entertainment, shopping and dining. Classic sights such as the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, with the Emerald Buddha Temple and the Royal Palaces, along with the traditional ways of life along the Chao Phraya River and its klongs (canals) give an insight into this very enigmatic city.
Bangkok is a city of contrasts - a city that focuses on meeting your business needs and creating unforgettable memories for you to take home.
Within the main city hubs of Bangkok, commuting is most convenient by the Skytrain (BTS) or the Underground (MRT). BTS and MRT stations provide, free of charge, route maps to facilitate getting about. The other option is by taxi. A large fleet of new and air-conditioned taxis now ply the streets - they are safe and comfortable. Hotels also offer limousine services.
Official banking hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Banks are closed over the weekend and on bank holidays notified by the Bank of Thailand. Licensed banking outlets in department stores and shopping malls open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 10.00am to 8.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Major banks operate currency exchange centers in most tourist areas from 07:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week, including holidays.
Government offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Business hours are from 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and half day on Saturday from 8:30 to noon. Most department stores operate from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. over weekends, while some pharmacies are open throughout the night. Most restaurants serve from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., though some are open past midnight or 24 hours.
Thai Baht is the standard currency unit.
Bank Notes: 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 Baht
Coins: 1, 2, 5, and 10 Baht
Smaller currency unit is Satang. 1 Baht = 100 Satangs
Service counters for money exchange can be found whether at the airport, hotels, and shopping malls. Major foreign currencies can be exchanged for Thai Baht with banks and authorized money changers. Major credit cards are also widely accepted. The most commonly accepted cards are Visa and Master Card, followed by AMEX, Diners and JCB.
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with 3 seasons.
The summer “hot” season runs essentially from March through to June, with temperatures between 33 ℃ - 48 ℃ in the day, and not below 27 ℃ at night.
The Monsoon “rainy” season runs from July through to November with frequent heavy rain around 5.00 pm. The temperatures range from 32 ℃ during the day to 16 ℃ at night.
The winter “cool” season runs from November through to February with temperatures at 32 ℃ during the day, to a bearable 16 ℃ at night, although in the North, it could be as low as 12 ℃ .
This also doubles up as the dry season during the rainiest months of July to November, we recommend that you pack a light waterproof jacket and a pair of closed shoes.
Electrical outlets are 220 volts, 50 cycles and accept flat-pronged plugs. Not many hotel carry stocks of adaptors, and even if they do, they do not have many to spare. Those who need adaptors should bring their own for convenience sake.
The time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).
There are about a hundred diplomatic missions in Bangkok. For a listing of these, consult The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at 443 Sri Ayudhya Road, Bangkok 10400. Its website is www.mfa.go.th. Then, search for Foreign Missions in Thailand: Diplomatic and Consular List.
Customs regulations allow you to bring in a reasonable amount of personal effects, a still camera, a video camera, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco and 1 liter of alcoholic beverages. Narcotics and pornographic materials are strictly prohibited.