Travel and Visa Information

Chiang Mai, 761kms. by rail, approximately 700 kms. by road and an hour by plane, from Bangkok, with an area of 20,107.1 sq.kms., is Thailand's second largest city and capital of the northern region.

The city is proud of its history, and its dramatic contrast to other provinces in the Kingdom. Its main attractions emphasize on rugged hills, forested vistas and rushing rivers. There are colorful hill tribes and distinctly different culture and cuisine to discover, as well as historic sites, and tiny villages notably known for original consummate craftsmanship. But of all these, the most important asset Chiang Mai can claim is its people. Their beauty, hospitality and good manners are legendary throughout the Kingdom. Chiang Mai has been a city of economic, religious, and political importance that can be attributed to its deep cultural roots. Chiang Mai has a special dialect and its very own second- to- none cuisine that boost its sense of cultural roots.

Chiang Mai also hosts some of the most celebrated Thai festivals such as Songkran (Water Throwing) Festval, held in mid April to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year; Loi Kratong (Yi Peng), held in November to honour water spirits and float away the past year's sins; and Flower Blooming Festival in the second week of February to mark the full bloom of Chiang Mai's tropical flowers

Climate: Cool season: (late October to end of February), average temperature 21 C and much cooler at night. The coolest months are December and January. Hot season: (early March to end of May), average temperature 29.9 C. The hottest month is April. Rainy season: (early June to end of October), average temperature 25.5 C . The wettest month is September.

Travel Information

Most of international flights land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakarn Province, near to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. However, a limited number of flights may land straight at Chiang Mai Airport. The latter includes flights from Kunming, PRC and South Korea.,

Getting to Chiang Mai
Once you are at Suvarnabhumi Airport, getting on from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is very easy and convenient.

By plane
There are many domestic flight connections to Chiang Mai. You will have no problem checking with your travel agent. Chiang Mai airport is about 12 km from the city centre. Most of the hotels in Chiang Mai offer airport / hotel / airport transfer with air-conditioned mini bus at small charge. It is strongly recommended that the flight should be booked in advance.

By train
For more adventurous participants, there are comfortable trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The Bangkok train station (Hua Lum Pong Station) is in the centre of the city. The Chiang Mai railway station is a bit away from the city centre but is still within reach. For information about timetables and prices visit the site of State Railway of Thailand.

Once you arrive at Chiang Mai Railway Station, ask for a Tuk Tuk (a famous three- wheel Thai motor vehicle), or a Sarm Lor to take you to your hotel. Journey by train may be a bit exhauasting but it is an unforgettable experience.

Participants are advised to provide their own personal insurance as the organizing committee will assume no responsibility for accidents, sickness, theft or property damages.

Visa information

(Note: this information is offered with the disclaimer that you should check your own visa requirements)

Generally, all foreign nationals entering Thailand must have a valid passport. In addition, one coming from certain countries must have a visa issued by a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate in his/her country. Please be aware that in some cases it may take more than one month to obtain a visa.

However, nationals of certain countries are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days.

Details for visa exemption requirements

Further information on visa application and related matters may be found here.

For details please inquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Those who need an official letter of invitation from the organizer for visa application, please contact [email protected] As a matter of convenience, kindly put the subject of your mail as "Letter of Invitation"

APRIM 2011 Official Travel Agency

Manit Travel offers a wide range of one-stop-service on air tickets, travel packages, and hotel reservations. Manit Travel will be available at our travel desk throughout the meeting. Please visit Manit Travel now for the special travel packages they have on offer, exclusively for APRIM 2011 participants (these travel packages are not included in the APRIM 2011 excursion held by the LOC on 29 July 2011) or visit its official website for further information.

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