Location

Thailand is located at the center of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar and Laos to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the northeast and the east and Malaysia to the south. The population is approximately 67 millions, with 10 millions living in the capital city Bangkok. The country is a land of contrasts combining idyllic beaches dotting more than 2,500 kilometers of coastline, coral fringed islands, tropical jungles, waterfalls, mountain ranges as well as vast agricultural and forest areas with diverse species including wild orchids, exotic mosses, and ferns.  The urban life style offers a lively variety of entertainment, culture and a cuisine guaranteed to satisfy everyone.


Climate

The climate in Thailand is tropical with high humidity.   Precipitation

ranges between 900 and 4,000 mm per annum.  The rainy season ranges from June to October, winter from December to February and summer from March to May. The average daytime temperature is about 30oC whilst the average nighttime temperature is about 20oC. In May, the temperature in Chanthaburi during the day is in the high 30s oC while at night it is in the high 20s oC. Occasional shower can be expected in May, so bring along an umbrella or a raincoat with you.


Language

Thai is the national language, although a few people can speak some English.


Money exchange

The Thai unit of currency is "baht".  Banknotes are valued at 20 baht (green), 50 baht (blue), 100 baht (red), 500 baht (purple) and 1000 baht (grey).  It is best to always carry a few 100-bath bills with you as larger nominations are difficult to changed, especially for taxi drivers or small, local shops. Money exchange is available at the airports, banks and hotels, and Thai Baht is available from ATM machines. Banks offer a better exchange rate than hotels. The exchange rate at present is approximately 30 baht to 1 US$. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, department stores and selected restaurants. Local shops and restaurants normally do not accept credit cards.


Thai Food

Thai food is, of course, world renowned. Most Thai dishes are marked by a delicate blend of favors, more often with a notable spicy touch.   For someone not used to spicy food, be sure to tell your server to keep the chili usage light!  Thais shun the usage of big chucks of meat. Big cuts of meat were shredded and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods are stewing and baking or grilling. Chinese influences saw the introduction of frying, stir frying and deep-frying.  Western or other Asian options can also be found across the country.


Electricity

The electric current is 220 Volt AC (50 Hz) throughout the country. There are many types of plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with electric appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.


Passport and visa

Visitors of Thailand must hold a valid national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents. Citizens from most countries can enter Thailand as a tourist for up to 30 days without a visa.  Those wishing to stay longer than 30 days should obtain a visa from Thai embassies or consulates in their own country or countries nearest to them.  However, please check with the Thai embassy or consulate in your country to be sure whether or not a visa is required to enter Thailand before your departure or visit website www.mfa.go.th/web/2630  to learn more about the visa requirement and the procedure to get a visa.  If you need a letter of invitation to apply for visa, please communicate with the symposium secretariat at mnutrition7@kmitl.ac.th asking for the letter.


Health regulation

No vaccination is presently required to enter Thailand.


Insurance

The Symposium fee does not include insurance of participants

against sickness or loss of personal property. Symposium participants are encouraged to have their own arrangement for comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Thailand.


Financial Support

The Local Organizing Committee does not have funds available for travel assistance. However, it may be possible to grant funding for a limited numbers of participants from developing countries.  Participants in real need of the support or students can ask for grants. Only registration fee and accommodation would be granted.


OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES


Invitation Letter

The Organizing Committee will be pleased to send official invitation letter on request. Nevertheless, the invitation does not cover any payment or expense (i.e. registration, travel or hotel accommodation) for the Symposium.


Confirmation

For registration by e-mail or fax, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.  If you do not receive a confirmation by e-mail within two weeks of registering, please contact the symposium secretariat by e-mail at  mnutrition7@kmitl.ac.th to verify that we have received your registration form.


Registration will be completed and you will receive final confirmation only after we receive your full payment transferred to the Symposium account.


Term of Cancellation

Cancellation of registration will only be accepted in writing to the Symposium Secretariat by e-mail at mnutrition7@kmitl.ac.th.  In case of cancellation before 15 March 2012, registration fee will be refunded minus a handling fee of 50 US$. No refund will be given after this date.