Known as the ‘Land of Smiles’, Thailand is South East Asia’s primary holiday destination. Bordered by Myanmar to the north west, Laos to the north-east, Cambodia to the south east and Malaysia to the south, Thailand is at the heart of Southeast Asia. Thailand offers something for everybody's tastes and interests: ancient temples, modern shopping malls, tropical island beaches and rugged mountain trekking.
ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL
Reservations are made directly by attendees with the hotel. To book your room with the special FIDI discount code click here.
Please note that the hotel cancellation policy is as follows and NOT as it appears on the hotel website:
Attendees who cancel their reservations or shorten their stay after booking but before 1 March 2023 shall incur a penalty charge no greater than the guest room charge for the first night of the cancelled reservation.
For attendees who cancel their reservations or shorten their stay after 1 March 2023, a full range of stay penalty will be applied.
Attendees who check out from the hotel prior to the end of their reservation may be charged for the duration of their reservation. At any time prior to their reservation check-in times, attendees shall be allowed to transfer reservations to other attendees without restrictions or any charges of expenses.
No shows will result in a full range of stay penalty charge.
Flights are not included in the registration fee and each attendee is responsible for booking their own travel.
For any information relating to travel and Covid-19 restrictions, please see FAQs.
All registered attendees, excluding social delegates and the one day passes, can purchase one extra ticket for ticketed activities such as the FIDI Welcome Reception, the Gala Dinner, the FIDI party, hosted by the FIDI 39 Club etc.
All FIDI conference attendees, additional attendees, social attendees, FIDI 39 Club members, Academy Trainers, sponsors and complimentary bookings are entitled to attend the social activities which consist of: the FIDI Welcome Reception, The President's Cocktail and Gala Dinner and the FIDI Asia hosted evening.
All clients arriving in Thailand have to proceed through Thai immigration procedures.
• All visitors must carry a valid passport with a validity date later than 6 months after their date of arrival.
o You may be denied entry if your passport is damaged or has pages missing
o If you are a dual national you must leave Thailand on the same passport you used to enter.
o Keep your boarding pass with you it will be requested/required by the Thai Border Control.
• All visitors must have proof of onward passage (ie a return ticket)
• Visa applications are NOT required if staying less than 30 days and if the traveller is a national of one of 41 designated countries, including most European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA. To check the latest information of designated countries that do not require a visa go to https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-tourist-visa
• No vaccinations are required unless travelling from or through countries infected with yellow fever. Some visitors from certain African or South American countries will need a yellow fever vaccination: access further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/221/thailand#Vaccine_recommendations
• All visitors must complete an entry/exit form.
• These forms must be kept safe in your passport and presented to immigration on departure.
Taxis: Taxis are not the most reliable form of transport so we would recommend you book your own airport transfer.
If you do decide to take a taxi from the airport, the journey should take 25 minutes and cost up to 500 THB (approximately 14€). We highly recommend that you ensure that the taxi meter is running or that you agree a price before you get in the taxi. Make sure you have cash available for the taxi journey; many taxis do not accept payment by card. Some taxis have very limited luggage space, so we would recommend you organise your own private airport transfer.
Private Airport Transfer: A more reliable option is to book your own transfer. There are various companies that can be pre-booked online. There are different grades of vehicles at different prices available to book your private transfer:
For a choice of airport transfer companies click here
For AOT limousines click here
For Taxi.booking.com Bangkok click here
For Rome2rio taxis click here
Shangri-La Airport Transfer: If you are staying at the Shangri-La Hotel they can organise an airport pick up for you. Price will depend on the number of passengers and luggage. Please arrange this directly with the hotel.
Whilst this information is correct at the time of publishing the information may change without prior notice. It remains your responsibility to check your visa requirements before travelling.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 15:30. You can get the best exchange rates from the banks. The banks at airport arrivals offer the same exchange rate as the city centre banks. All airports have ATMs that accept foreign cards. A maximum withdrawal of 20,000 baht per transaction usually applies, this is approximately $550, 560€ or £470. Credit cards are widely accepted.
The Thai baht is divided into 100 satang (copper coins that represent 25 and 50 satang). Silver coins are worth 1 baht, 2 baht and 5 baht. The larger 10 baht coin is silver with a copper inset. Bank notes are in denominations of 20 baht (green), 50 baht (blue), 100 baht (red), 500 baht (purple) and 1,000 baht (brown on white background).
At FIDI, we take the health and safety of all conference attendees very seriously, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that the 2023 FIDI Conference will go ahead following applicable COVID-19 safety measures and Thai regulations.
As of October 2022 Thailand has declassified Covid-19 from a dangerous communicable disease to a communicable disease under surveillance and therefore mask wearing is a voluntary practice. However it is recommended that masks are worn inside public buildings and that you wear a mask in crowded or badly ventilated areas such as public transportation.
As of October 2022 you will no longer be required to present Covid-19 related documents such as a certificate of vaccination or Covid-19 test result upon arrival in Thailand.
We will update this information regularly, but please make sure to check the Thai Embassy official website click here for the latest applicable rules and regulations.
Dos & Don’ts in thailand
• The ‘wai’ is the gesture of greeting and thanking. Join hands in front of the chest and bend the head. It is always considered appropriate to 'wai' back, not doing so is disrespectful. 'Wai' every day it is good for you!
• Don’t be offended by questions about salary, age or marital status. These are common questions and often asked by Thai people without a second thought. If you prefer not to say, don’t answer just smile and say it is a secret:
• Be patient remember English is not the first language in Thailand.
• Always respect elders.
• Thai people are extremely respectful and tolerant: keep this in mind when ordering food, paying a bill, waiting for service.
• Always stand for the national anthem when it is played early morning and evening on train platforms, public parks etc.
• Do not disrespect the King, the Royal Family/Thai Monarchy in any way, verbally or by any actions, ie ripping a bank note, standing on a bank note that is flying away or a rolling coin. (The King's image is on all bank notes)!
• Do not give money, food or gifts to begging children.
• Never purchase ivory or other gifts made from animal bone, hide or hair. You do not know the origin and you could be fuelling the illegal trade in wildlife.
• Do not touch a Thai person’s head, for a Buddhist the head is regarded as sacred.
• The feet are regarded as dirty so never put your feet near anyone’s head, never use your foot to point to anything and never show the soles of your feet to an image of the Buddha.
• When visiting a religious site dress respectfully, cover your shoulders, legs and remove shoes before entering.
• Females should never touch or sit next to a Buddhist monk.
• Don’t lose your temper or raise your voice, it is considered bad form and confrontational.
• Do not sunbathe nude (or topless for women), especially in the southern islands where local Muslim populations are more prevalent.
• It is illegal to smoke indoors. If you throw away a cigarette in the street you could be fined up to 2,000 baht.
• Do not gamble, do not accept any invitation to gamble as gambling is against the law and penalties are severe.
• Never overstay your visa, it is a breach of Thai law and can result in heavy fines and/or imprisonment.
Thailand uses 220V and most sockets have two pins, it is therefore advisable to bring universal plug adapters.
All attendees take part in the event at their own risk and are encouraged to obtain adequate coverage for travel, health and accident insurance before their departure from their countries. The organisers, their suppliers, or agents accept no liability for any personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the 2023 FIDI Conference attendees.
FIDI does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. In the event of unforeseen or serious circumstances beyond its control, FIDI shall be entitled to cancel or modify the dates of the event. Attendees shall not be entitled to compensation for any costs or damages incurred as a consequence of such a cancellation or change.
All attendees are urged to take out personal travel insurance.
Please see FIDI's Terms and Conditions by clicking here.
Businesses in Thailand are usually open from 09:00-17:00, government offices are open 08:30-16:30 with a lunch break 12:00-13:00. Shopping malls are open from 10:00-22:00.
Tuk-Tuks, three wheeled vehicles, can be taken for short journeys in Bangkok (when in a Tuk Tuk do not put your feet up behind or close to the drivers head. Sacred heads and dirty feet do not mix). Metered taxis are often a cheap ride. Public transportation in Bangkok includes river boats, BTS Sky train network and the underground subway. All reasonably priced and cover most of the major tourist areas. Be careful of taxi drivers outside of hotels who refuse to use their meters, which is required by law. Please note, credit cards are not widely accepted for public transport you will need cash.
95% of the Thai population practice Theravada Buddhism. Every Thai male is expected to become a monk for a short period in his life. There are large Muslim minorities in Thailand’s’ four southern most provinces.
Thailand in general and Bangkok in particular is relatively safe for foreign visitors, but general common sense and care are recommended when travelling around the city.
• Never leave belongings unattended and keep a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags to avoid motorcyclists snatching them.
• Avoid offers to buy anything at discounted prices from touts who may approach you in the street.
• Always agree fares with tuk-tuk drivers beforehand
• Thailand is a shopper’s paradise with an abundance of shopping malls, department stores and street markets. Bangkok also has many night markets.
• Good souvenirs include Thai silk, pottery, lacquer ware, pewter war, bamboo, wood bronze and painted umbrellas. Tailor made clothes are also popular.
• VAT can be refunded on goods bought in shops when there is a minimum transaction of 2,000 baht including VAT. You will need to complete a refund application form and provide your passport number whilst in the store. Cash refunds can be collected in the international airport terminal departure hall.
Thailand is GMT +7.
Is not expected but always welcome. It is customary but not obligatory to tip tour guides and tour drivers. Hotel and station porters should be tipped a small amount. Hotels and good restaurants include a service charge and government tax on the bill. As a guide in Euros:
• 3€-5€ for your tour guide for half day tour and/or your driver
• 10% for taxis and tuk-tuks or round the amount up.
• 1€-3€ per suitcase bellboys and porters.
• 1€ per day per person for hotel housekeeping
• 10% in restaurants
It is not advisable to drink tap water. Ice cubes are usually okay in hotels and restaurants but avoid ice cubes on street stalls.
It is the beginning of the summer season in March. The weather should be dry but will be warm, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 35˚c (82˚F to 95˚F).
This information was valid at the time of publication and it is subject to change at any time. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice