Culture & Climate

  • IAWG Millennium Hilton Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, 10600, Thailand, +66 2 442 2000

International Dialing

The international dialing code for Thai number is +66. To make calls to/from Thailand, dial your exit country code, “+66,” the area code, and the number you’d like to reach.

Language

Thai is the country’s official language and is spoken by most people in Thailand. Occasionally, the Thai language also referred to as the Siamese Language. There are countless regional accents and dialects of the Thai language.

Please see below for some important phrases that might be helpful for your travels.

  • Sawatdee (krub/kah) Hello
  • Sabai dee ru (krub/kah) How are you?
  • Sabai dee (krub/kah) Fine
  • Khob Khun (kup/kaa) Thank you
  • Chai Yes
  • Mai chai No
  • Mai pen rai Never mind
  • Pood Thai mai dai. I cannot speak Thai.
  • Kow jai mai. Do you understand?
  • Mai kow jai. I do not understand.
  • Nee Tao Rai? How much?
  • Pang Expensive
  • Took Cheap
  • Naam Water
  • Sanaam bin Airport
  • Hong naam Toilet

Currency & Banking

Currency

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB), often expressed as ฿. Coins are available in 1, 2, 5, and 10 baht denominations. Bills are valued at 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 baht. Baht can be broken down in satang, though this is an increasingly rare currency type.

ATMs & Exchange Rates

Travelers can withdraw baht from ATMs, which are readily available in Thailand and typically accept foreign cards. The banks and currency exchange centers usually accept traveler’s checks as well and often have higher exchange and withdrawal fees. Please communicate your travel plans to your bank to avoid fraud alerts.

Below are exchange rates, as of 12 November 2019. For up-to-date conversion rates, please consult OANDA.

1 Euro = 33.43 THB
1 Nigerian Nita = .08 THB
1 Bangladeshi Taka = .35 THB
1 U.S. Dollar = 30.30 THB
1 Yemeni Rial = .12 THB
1 Great British Pound = 38.88 THB

Cash & Tipping

Cash transactions should be expected when paying for taxis, shopping in markets, and travelling outside of Bangkok. Most hotels and restaurants in Thai cities accept credit cards.

Tipping is not customary in Thailand. If there is a service charge, it will most likely be added to your transaction total.

Transportation

Airports

There are two international airports in Bangkok.

Most travelers arriving on international airlines on long-haul flights will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), which is located approximately 35 kilometers east of Bangkok with a direct highway link and rail connection to the city.

The Don Mueang Airport (DMK) is a smaller airport and handles short-haul flights.

Taxis

Travelers can hire a taxi at the Suvarnabhumi Airport and expect to be at the venue in approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. This is the quickest route to the venue. All taxis leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport depart from a public taxi stand. Taxis are required to run the meter for the duration of your ride. There is a 50 THB surcharge on the meter when passengers are picked up at the airport. The taxi fare will likely be about 550 THB, excluding express way fees of 75 THB. Most taxis do not accept credit card and prefer cash payments. For your convenience, please print or save the hotel address in Thai to your phone for your taxi driver.

Public Buses

There are also public buses and trains available for travelers to reach central Bangkok from the airport. The closest public transit stop is the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, where participants can transfer to a complimentary Hilton shuttle boat that will take travelers directly to the hotel’s private pier.

Rent a Car

Travelers may rent a car at Suvarnabhumi Airport by making a reservation with Avis, Budget, Asap Car Rental, or other car rental agencies. Drivers must have an international driver’s permit, which must be carried at all times. Drivers should expect congested streets in urban areas, and the conditions of roads in rural areas can vary. Highway signs are mostly in Thai, while English signage marks main tourist destinations.

Dress Code & Customs

We ask that participants are respectful of Thailand’s customs, traditions, and religious cultures and plan to dress accordingly. Business casual wear is appropriate during conference events. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as much of Bangkok’s sites can be explored on foot.

If you plan to visit temples, it is recommended to wear full-length jeans or clothing that is fitted loosely. Temple sarongs are often available for visitors to wear over their clothes.

Weather

Thailand is a tropical country with a warm and humid climate throughout the year.

December is considered the end of “monsoon season” in Thailand with minimal rainfall, relatively low humidity levels, and sunshine throughout the month. The average high is 27oC (81oF), and the average low hovers around 23oC (73oF). The sun shines for at least eight hours per day.

Clothing that protects from sun exposure and a passing rain shower are recommended. Additionally, the conference spaces at the Millennium Bangkok Hotel are well air-conditioned, so you may want to pack a sweater or light jacket for meeting rooms.

Security

In general, Bangkok is deemed a “safe” city. Bangkok is a large, bustling, and often congested cities that is not immune from crimes of opportunity, including pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Be mindful of your belongings, when you go to crowded area such as local market.

Both cars and motorbikes are commonly used as taxis in Bangkok’s congested streets. Though motorbike taxis are faster than cars, it is not recommended to use motorbike taxi due to danger concerns.

If you need information and/or guidance from locals, the hotel concierge can provide support.