Thailand is a constitutional monarchy whose current head of state is King Maha Vajiralongkorn. A unified Thai kingdom has existed since the mid-14th century, and Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 when it officially became the Kingdom of Thailand.

The weather in Thailand is generally hot and humid: typical of its location within the tropics. Generally speaking, Thailand can be divided into three seasons: “hot” season, rainy season, and “cool” season, though Thailand’s geography allows visitors to find suitable weather somewhere in the country throughout the year. Visit website: http://www.tmd.go.th/en/ Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures typically range from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F). The long-time forecast for Pattaya in early May predicts temperatures above 30 degrees C (83 F) with a few showers here and there. Please note, that the conference hotel is air-conditioned.

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. Baht come in both coin and banknote form. The size of Thai currency, both coins and bills, increases with value and varies in colour. There are currently three different series in circulation, with the last one, showing the portrait of the new King released just two weeks ago. One Baht equals 100 Satang.

Thai bank hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, though certain banks have shorter Saturday hours and currency exchange booths are open considerably longer hours in Bangkok and other tourist destinations.

Thailand Standard time is GMT +7. Thailand does not observe daylight savings time.

Free WiFi is available at Suvarnabhumi Airport. While hotspots are available within the city area, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card to remain connected during your time in Thailand. Thailand largest mobile providers are TRUE, DTAC and AIS.