Visitors to Thailand must obtain a visa from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they come from a visa-exempt country or a country whose citizens are eligible to obtain visas on arrival. Thailand currently offers visa-free travel to nationals of 57 countries. The Thai government has bilateral agreements on visa waivers with some of these countries. Nationals of 21 countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
As of May 2014, visa runs are no longer allowed, meaning that if foreigners wish to re-enter Thailand after their visa-free period has expired they have to obtain a visa. In August 2014 Thailand Prime Minister ordered the Immigration Police to be more flexible as the strict application of the law was affecting schools and the tourist industry.
For more information, please visit Thailand Visa Information Page.
*Please be kindly noted that the organizing committee is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing Conference Invitation Letter. The conference invitation letter cannot guarantee the approval of visa application. Should your application be denied, the conference organizing committee cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will the organizing committee engage in discussion or correspondence with the consulate or the visa center on behalf of the applicant.
From / To Phuket International Airport
The conference venue is 18 kilometers, about 25 minutes by hotel car or taxi. We also recommend downloading the Grab Car application on your phone for ride sharing services.
To Bang Tao Beach
The beach is only 50 meters from the resort. It's a one-minute walk
To the Local Markets
There are two nearby markets; the Cherngtalay Market, 3 kilometers or half an hour walk from the hotel and Boat Avenue Night Market, also about half an hour walk.
To Phuket Old Town
The charming old town is 23 kilometers or 30-minute drive from the hotel.
What to Do in Bangtao Beach?
Bang Tao Beach (or Bangtao) is one of the longest beaches of Phuket, halfway between the airport and
Patong Beach on the west coast of the island. With such beautiful stretch of sand, Bangtao has long been home of the famous Laguna Phuket. This immense complex hosts some of the most luxurious and largest resorts on the island such as Banyan Tree Resort, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Angsana Resort and Outrigger Resort.
Where to Shop in Bangtao Beach?
If you choose to stay there, you can’t miss the new and growing ‘Boat Avenue’. Boat Avenue is the new heart of Bangtao with trendy shops and restaurant and even an immense Villa Market where you find a lot of import food (and an extensive wine cellar too!). Also, every Friday night, there is a night market! Fun Friday Avenue Market is fun and colourful but also a chance to try some food you might not have seen before. Be curious and try!
Where to Eat in Bangtao Beach?
There are three distinct areas to eat in Bangtao: 1) Tinlay Village and Boat Avenue, 2) The beach restaurants in the southern village next to Outrigger and 3) the stretch of beachfront between Banyan Tree and Layan Beach.
For more traveling information, please visit Phuket 101
When visiting temples, dress conservatively and respectfully. Women in particular should wear long skirts or trousers and cover their shoulders and knees.
In case of emergency, contact Nearest hospital Bangkok International Hospital in Phuket: +66 (0) 76 254 425, or the 24-hour clinic Bangkok International Clinic at Canal Village: +66 (0) 76 324 453