BUSINESS MEETINGS IN THAILAND
With IHG® Thailand you can choose from over 20 hotels that offer a wide range of facilities with great catering options and state-of-the-art equipment and technology for your business needs. Our dedicated team will take the pressure off by enabling you to customize the space to your needs, and they’ll be on hand for you from enquiry to event.
We have hotels and resorts to suit larger celebrations or private dining and a choice of catering, whether it’s a buffet or a sit-down meal. We’ll also offer help with entertainment and decoration - in fact, you’ll get dedicated help from enquiry to event to make the planning easier for you and make sure everything’s just right for your occasion to make the event (and you) a success.
Thailand has a number of airports that service both domestic and international airlines, as well as many more that only cater to domestic flights, to facilitate your business meetings. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport are the country’s premier airports, serving as a hub for international transit passengers and a gateway to various destinations within the country. Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Samui also have primary airports for international air travel into and out of Thailand.
Arrival & Visa
Thailand currently offers visa-free travel to nationals of 57 countries travelling either by air or land. Most South-East Asian and Western countries are eligible for visa-free travel up to a certain period. Nationals from certain countries may apply for a visa on arrival at major entry points for a certain fee. The visa on arrival allows travellers to stay for 15 days. For business meetings, you can also apply for Thai Business Visa. Log on to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Consular Services for more information.
For domestic flights to smaller provincial capitals, one must generally fly out of Bangkok’s airports or one of the country’s other international airports. Domestic carriers such as Thai Airways and AirAsia fly numerous domestic routes into and out of various Thai airports.
Thailand’s nationwide train system, operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT); covers four main lines – northern, southern, northeastern and eastern – and is a convenient, if slow, alternative for both long and short journeys. All long-distance trains originate from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station.
Bangkok is the only city in Thailand with a formal metred-taxi system. Metred taxis are also available in cities like Chiang Mai but fares are usually set in advance or require negotiation. Taxi alternatives such as Uber, GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi are predominant in Bangkok and in other cities such as Phuket and Chiang Mai.
Bangkok has the largest city-bus system in the country, while Udon Thani and a few other provincial capitals provide city-bus services. Visit Transit Bangkok for more information on bus routes and schedules.
These nimble, three-wheeled motorised vehicles are Thailand’s most iconic modes of transportation. Fare is usually established before departure.
Going by motorcycle taxi is one of the most popular and convenient modes of transportation in Thailand, particularly for short distances. In Bangkok, these are recognised by the coloured and numbered vests worn by its drivers. There are set fares for short established routes, although you may have to bargain the price for longer rides.
Bus and Minivan
Buses are the most popular form of public transportation in Thailand, particularly for long-distance travel. The bus network is very large and the rotations are numerous. There is a wide range available, from ordinary fan buses in rural locations, to air-conditioned buses that traverse local destinations within a city, to VIP buses for longer routes. Visit Transit Bangkok for more information on bus routes and schedules.
Minivans are run by private companies and offer transport to and from Thailand’s main hubs. These usually depart from markets and well-known landmarks and, in certain cases, will deliver guests directly to their hotel.
Bangkok is considered a centre of medical excellence in the region and has some of the world’s most luxurious hospitals. Private hospitals are more expensive than other medical facilities but provide a superior standard of care and well-trained, English-speaking staff. Big cities such as Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket and Pattaya also offer a good standard of health care. Travelling to remote rural areas, however, can expose you to some health risks and less adequate medical care.
Vaccinations and Precautions
Vaccinations are recommended but not a must in Thailand. If you’re planning on trekking or passing through more remote areas, then precautions against malaria may be necessary. (Generally, there is low to no risk of contracting malaria in major cities and resort towns.) Contracting exotic, infectious diseases in Thailand is less common than problems with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, or accidental injury. Other common illnesses such as respiratory infections, diarrhoea and dengue fever can be prevented or are easily treated. It’s best to consult with a doctor prior to travel.
Couples planning to get married in Thailand need to pass eligibility requirements, secure legal documents and register the marriage a few days before the wedding. The process takes about a week to complete. Securing legal assistance from a local attorney is the best way to ensure that your marriage carries weight in Thailand and abroad. The website, Thai Embassy/marriage offers more information.
Security and Safety
Security and Safety
Thais are welcoming, peaceful people and Thailand is generally a safe country to visit. As in any country, however, you’ll need to use common sense and exercise caution in certain locations and situations. We suggest storing valuables in the safe at our hotels or resorts to reduce the risk of losing them or having them stolen. Beware of strangers offering themselves as guides. Tourist information can easily be obtained through the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) website or by calling 1672.
The TAT now offers a special online insurance to tourists planning to visit Thailand. This insurance covers a broad range of unexpected, travel-related events including accidents, trip cancellation, loss or damage of baggage/personal belongings, emergency hotel accommodation, etc. Visit www.tatnews.org for more information.