In Bangkok, November is one of the cooler months of the year with temperatures averaging 27 ºC (80 ºF). November is also one of the months with the fewest rainy days, with 50mm of monthly precipitation on average.
Do respect all Buddha images: Buddha images are held sacred and sacrilegious acts are punishable by imprisonment even if committed by foreign visitors.
Do dress properly when visiting a temple.
Do remove your shoes before entering a temple, somebody's house and even some shops.
Do treat monks with the highest respect
Do try and keep calm no matter what the problem or provocation may be.
Do eat with a spoon. Use the fork to load food onto the spoon.
Do lower your body slightly when passing between or in front of people.
Do try and learn a few basic phrases in Thai, like 'hello' and 'thank you'.
Do ensure that you have a visa if you need one.
The currency is the Thai Baht (THB). ATMs are very expensive, charging 200 Baht (~€5 or ~$8) per transaction on top of your bank fees. It is therefore recommended to bring your local currency in cash and exchange it in Thai money exchange offices. Creditcards are accepted, but all transactions are charged an additional 5% handling fee, so especially for larger amounts this becomes expensive.
Business or business casual.
In Thailand the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Insurance Delegates are recommended to obtain travel insurance (medical, personal accident and luggage) in their home country prior to departure.
Thailand is generally a safe country to visit, but it's smart to exercise caution, especially when it comes to dealing with strangers (both Thai and foreigners) and travelling alone. Assault of travellers is relatively rare in Thailand, but it does happen. Disregard all offers of free shopping or sightseeing help from strangers. These are scams that invariably take a commission from your purchases. In case of urgent matters you can call 911 for ambulance service, fire stations, and police.
Bangkok has many opportunities for shopping, both in the local marketplaces where you can buy local specialities, or in international-style malls such as Central World which is located adjacent to the convention centre.
Smoking is not allowed in public areas. Look for designated smoking areas and make sure to properly dispose of cigarette ends.
You need to make enquiries locally about Visa requirements, as they differ according to the country you are applying from. We suggest to contact your local Thai embassy or search the internet for local regulations. Please ensure that you make your enquiries well in time before the congress because it takes time to process your application.
It is recommended to buy bottled water instead of drinking from the tap. Ice in drinks is generally made from bottled water and is therefore safe to drink.
Tipping is not required in Thailand. However, tipping is highly appreciated especially in higher-end establishments. A tipping rate of 5-10% is recommended here.
In and around Bangkok you will find many temples (Wat) and the royal palace what are definitely worth a visit. Have a tuktuk driver take you to your destination (around 250 THB is a normal rate). Be aware that when drivers offer you ‘too-good-to-be-true’ low rates this is often a scam where they will take you to a friend’s shop where you will be pressured to spend money, of which the tuktuk driver will get a commission.
Most tourist sites have strict clothing regulations where men and women should be covered from shoulders to ankles. At entrances you can buy cheap long wrap-skirts or trousers to cover up.