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19th APAN Meetings
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          19th APAN Meetings in Bangkok

           Date: 2005.1.24-28
                     Venue: The Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok

Attendee Information

          Visa and Customs: As a general rule, any foreigner seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand for business, investment, study, medical treatment, mass media, religion, employment and other purposes is required to apply for a visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate-General. To do so, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognized by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act B.E.2522 (1979) and its related provisions. Visas and Travel documents can be viewed at http://www.mfa.go.th/web/12.php
List of countries which have concluded agreement on the exemption of visa requirement with Thailand can be viewed at http://www.mfa.go.th/web/12.php#Tourist

Invitation Letter
The invitation letter can be obtained by sending a request together with the following information: Full Name, Nationality, Affiliation, Position, Complete mailing address, Telephone and Fax numbers, and Passport detail (passport number, issued date, expiry date, etc.) to email: sec@th.apan.net

The invitation letter will be posted to you within 10 days.

Average Temperature in winter (November - February) for Bangkok:
20-33 ºC | 68-91 ºF

Time: GMT +7.

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; both flat and round two-pin plugs are used.

Getting to Venue from the Airport:
The Bangkok International Airport is located 24 km (~16 miles) from the Amari Watergate Hotel which is located in Pratunam area at the heart of Bangkok's the commercial and shopping district. The airport expressway is conveniently reached within minutes.

View Map http://www.amari.com/watergate/fastfactslocation.asp

Local transportation leading to downtown is available as follow:
Taxis: Seek out the taxi desk located in the arrival hall of each terminal. They will set a rough estimate pricing for your standardized, metered fare, not to exceed THB300. Because of airport regulations on taxis, an additional THB50 surcharge will be added to the total fare. Passengers are responsible for the expressway fees. To enter the city, you will most likely pay 2 expressway fares, THB25 at the Don Muang Tollway (on ramp adjacent to airport) and THB40 at the Rapid Express Tollway Agency's Dindaeng junction. A tip of THB10-20 is a gesture of appreciation for their service.

Airport Limousines: The desks for making such requests are usually adjacent to the taxi desks at all terminals. A uniformed chauffeur will drive you to your destination while seated comfortably in a sedan or luxury car. A flat fee of THB500 (smaller car, ex. Mitsubishi) or THB650 (luxury car, ex. Benz or Volvo) is charged for pick-up and delivery to any venue within the perimeter of Bangkok. A single trip THB1,000 Van for 8-10 persons (Exclude the Toll way fee) also available. Though priced slightly higher than a metered taxi, you're still responsible for the expressway fares, but no subcharges. The limos are well maintained and are all white in color. Tipping 10% of the fare is the norm.
Airport Limousines Service: 24 hours.
Contact: The Airport Limousines Counter Service Tel: (66 2) 982 4900, Fax: (66 2) 982 5100

Hotel Limousines: Most hotels offer complimentary limousine or minibus service if you have bookings with them. The drivers would meet you in the arrival hall, holding up poster cards with your names written on it.
Service: 24 hours.
Cost : Single trip THB1,284 BMW (Series 5) Car for 3-4 persons (Include the Toll way fee and VAT 7%)
Single trip THB1,498 Van for 8-10 persons (Include the Toll way fee and VAT 7%)
Contact: The Amari Water Gate Hotel Tel: (66 2) 653 9000, Fax: (66 2) 653 9045
Airport Buses: An economical shuttle bus providing service from the airport to major city areas providing accommodations (No.1 to Silom, No.2 to Sanam Luang (Royal Field), No.3 to Sukhumvit 55 and No.4 to Hua Lam Phong (central train station)). The buses run every 15 minutes, operating from 5 am to midnight, and costs THB100 per person.

NOTE: Please take route 'A1' goes from the airport, along the Toll way, off at the Din Daeng exit and get off at “Pratunam” bus stop on Ratchprarop road nearby the hotel.
Airport buses Service:                        Monday-Saturday                   05.30- 01.30 am.

                                                         Sunday                                  05.30- 00.30 am.
Contact: The Airport Bus Counter Service Tel: (66 2) 535 7481-2, Fax: (66 2) 535 7481
Public Buses: Adventurous travelers without much luggage may want to try getting into town on these, the most economical method of all. Airport kiosk provides bus maps and the bus stops are located on the highway in front of the airport.

Hired Car: If you want to experience driving in Bangkok, there are many car rental firms in Bangkok, including international rental companies such as Hertz, Budget and Avis. The road system is good and well posted with signs written in English. An international driving license is required.

Note:  Estimated Rate of Exchange: USD1/THB40

Useful Links:

-         Bangkok International Airport

-         Tourism Authority of Thailand



  last updated: 2004.9.1