Travel Guide

Flight Information

Fly with Emirates

We’re pleased to inform you that Emirates Airline has proudly been selected as the partner airline for the GLC 2016. EO members and their guests are eligible for a 10% discount for travel to BKK between 7-20 May! Full details and the discount code are provided in the document below.

Download Document for Discount Code

Airport Information

We recommend you fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport. It is located 16 miles east of downtown Bangkok, an approximate 25-minute drive.

Ground Transportation

Taxis

Taxis are easily accessible outside of the arrivals building at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Average fares are US$8-10 to most inner city destinations, with an average travel time of 30-45 minutes.

Rail

The Airport Rail Link is another convenient transportation option between the Suvarnabhumi Airport and central Bangkok. The rail makes eight stops from Suvarnabhumi to Phaya Thai. Average travel time between the airport and central Bangkok is approximately 26 minutes, with trains departing every 12-15 minutes. For convenient access to timetables and more information you can download the “Airport Link Bangkok” app on iTunes.

Car Rental

Car rental service is available 24 hours a day through various service providers at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Check the airport website to book transportation upon your arrival.

Weather/Dress

Weather

The average high temperature in Bangkok in early May is 93°F / 34°C, and the average low temperature is 79°F /26°C.

Dress Code

The dress code for the daytime of the GLC is business casual.

  • Men’s Dress Code Glossary
    Business casual – Dress pants, collared shirts
    Smart casual – Seasonal sport coat, blazers, dress pants, nice jeans, dress shirts, casual button-down shirts, open-collar shirts, polo shirts
  • Women’s Dress Code Glossary
    Business casual– Dress pants, skirts, blouses
    Smart casual – Dresses, skirts, formal tops, pants suits, nice jeans, formal tops

*Remember to bring a sweater to the Conference. The hotel and other venues will be air-conditioned, and it is recommended to dress in layers, so you can be comfortable in the meeting rooms.

Evening Socials Dress Code

  • Friday, May 13 – From 45 countries, we’ll come together to celebrate EO. We invite you to proudly come dressed in traditional formal wear of your home country to display the diversity within EO.
  • Saturday, May 14 – Casual. Wear your pha khao ma that you picked up at EO registration! We’ll be outside, so dress accordingly to enjoy this exclusive Thai evening! (Shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops.)

Visit the Socials page for more information on evening events.

About Bangkok

Country: Thailand
Time Zone: ICT (Indochina Time) ( UTC/GMT +7 hours)
Currency: Thai baht

(Excerpted from Tourism Thailand – see original article)

“As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.

“Invariably, every Thailand holiday includes a visit to the kingdom’s capital city, Bangkok, or Krung Thep, “the city of angels” as it is known to its inhabitants. Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. Indeed there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportunities spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the present Chakri dynasty. Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants.”

“While the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday. Bangkok features attractions guaranteed to please visitors either simply passing through the city or spending their entire Thailand holiday in Bangkok.

“Nearly every Bangkok holiday includes a visit to Thailand’s Grand Palace, arguably the premier Bangkok sightseeing attraction. Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island, the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace are conveniently located nearby Bangkok’s most spectacular temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Wat Pho, which features an enormous reclining Buddha and was home of the first Thai massage school in the kingdom. These iconic destinations are top attractions to all visitors who travel to Bangkok looking to appreciate Thailand’s unique cultural traditions. In fact, there are more than 400 functioning Buddhist temples throughout the city and it’s not uncommon when you travel in Bangkok to spot saffron robed monks collecting morning alms or traveling throughout out the city, including along the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, which passes alongside the Temple of the Dawn. The winding Chao Phraya is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok has earned its nickname the ‘Venice of the East.’ When you travel around Bangkok, cruise on the Chao Phraya, visit a floating market, or take an exploration of the city’s ‘back-alley’ canals (khlongs) are themselves unique Bangkok attractions.”

“Other historical and cultural Bangkok sightseeing ‘must sees’ include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion, and Suan Pakkad Palace, all of which either house fine art or are national treasures in their own right. Beyond Bangkok’s historical district, there are plenty of other attractions that make a Bangkok holiday both enjoyable and memorable. The downtown districts along Silom and Sukhumvit Roads have a convenient electric rail system, including an elevated sky-train and underground subway, that have made travel in Bangkok both easy and enjoyable. Connecting hotels directly to shopping malls and traditional markets, such as Mah Boon Krong Center and Chatuchak (JJ) weekend market, the MRT and BTS systems have literally elevated Bangkok shopping to world-class status. Of course, no Thailand holiday is complete without experiencing Thailand’s vibrant nightlife.

“Whether the purpose of your Thailand holiday is to immerse yourself in Thailand’s unique culture or simply to splurge in Bangkok shopping malls, when you travel to Bangkok you are guaranteed a fascinating experience of both old-world charm and modern convenience and luxury.”

For more information about Bangkok and the area surrounding, please reference:

Etiquette

For etiquette information, please reference:

Language

English is the official language of the 2016 Global Leadership Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Currency

Cash

The base currency in Thailand is the Thai baht, printed on bills in five denominations: 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 baht. Coins are: 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht pieces. One baht is divisible into 100 satang, and there are: 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 satang pieces, although 1, 5 and 10 pieces are rarely used.

Foreign exchange booths are very common and clearly post their daily exchange rates. Thai banks will charge a 150-180 baht fee per withdrawal when you use their ATM with a foreign card. Be careful and exercise caution at ATMs by shielding your PIN and surveying your surroundings.

Money exchange booths can be found at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on Floor B and are open 24/7.

Some hotels will exchange a small amount of foreign currency, but their rate will usually be poor compared to those offered by banks or foreign exchange booths. Please check the exchange rate of your destination hotel before leaving your home country.

Credit

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB are widely accepted credit cards at most hotels, airlines, upscale restaurants and merchants. It is recommended you carry cash, as most local establishments and taxis may not take credit card.

For information on VAT Refunds in Bangkok & Tourist Discount Cards please visit this site.

Stay Connected

Via telephone

The country code for Thailand is 66. When dialing a Thai number from abroad, be sure to dial 66 before the area code and number.

Mobile phones are widely used throughout Thailand. Call your service provider before arriving in Thailand to determine if you should purchase an international roaming plan.

Via internet

Wi-Fi is available in most public places in Thailand, such as hotel lobbies and coffee shops, but there is often a usage fee. Free Wi-Fi may be available in chain coffee shops, select restaurants and shopping malls in Bangkok. Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Rentals can be purchased for US$7-8 per day. Thai Smile Connect and Pocket WiFi Thai are two well-known options. The strength and speed of internet signals may vary.

Electricity

The electrical current in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). Wall outlets take either two flat prongs, like outlets in the United States, or Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs, or sometimes both.

Plugs in Thailand will look like this:

thailand_plugs

To ensure the safety of your electronics, you can purchase a wide array of converters and universal adapters online.

Visa

To enter Thailand, you will need a valid passport. Visa and entry requirements vary by country. Visit the official Thai Embassy for a list of countries that fall under the Visa Exemption Rule. If your country is not on the exemption list, please check your visa requirements as soon as possible, since the process can often be lengthy.

Health

No vaccinations are required to enter Thailand, as long as you are up to date on “routine” vaccinations. While there is no risk of yellow fever in Thailand, the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine before traveling.

It is recommended to receive a vaccine for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, due to the moderate risk of these diseases in contaminated food or water in Thailand.

You can find more health and safety recommendations for Thailand from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Dietary Restrictions

Please fill out the Dietary Restrictions Form so your needs are accommodated at the University. If you suffer from severe food allergies, we encourage you to visit this website and consider purchasing food and travel-translation cards to effectively communicate your needs while traveling.