Money Matters

The Thai currency is the baht (THB) and for current exchange rates in other currencies click here http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

There are money-changing facilities at Bangkok and Chiang Mai airports where you can change foreign currency for Thai baht.  In Chiang Mai, there are a number of banks and many ATM machines in the MAYA Shoping Center, opposite to where NIATWwill be held, and also at numerous locations throughout the city.  Most ATM machines will accept the standard international credit cards.  Some banks are open during the evening, and on weekends.

SIM-CARDS

If you need a local sim-card during your stay you can obtain these at Chiang Mai Airport or at many shops in the MAYA Shoping Center.  Credit for sim-cards can be purchased at various shops in the Shopping Center or at the 24-hr Seven-11 convenience store.

Electricity

Thailand used 220V AC, which has 3-pin wall and 2-pin wall outlets, like those shown below on the left and the right, respectively.  If the power leads on your laptop and mobile phone recharger have plugs that will not fit both of these wall outlets and you need an adapter.

 

Insurance

NARIT will provide ONLY accident insurance from the time you arrive at Immigration in Thailand up until the time you pass through Immigration again on your way home.  Note that this insurance policy does not cover the period of travel before you reach Immigration in Thailand, or after you leave Immigration on your way home.  Nor does it cover such things as loss of money or luggage, or changes to flight bookings that result from circumstances beyond your control, so you may wish to take out separate travel insurance yourself before coming to the workshop

Medication and Medical Services

There are a number of pharmacies where common medicines can be purchased.  Meanwhile, if you need medical treatment, Chiang Mai Ram Hospital and Sriphat Medical Center [pronounced See-Pat] are very close to the Hotel and the Headquarter. Both are excellent international-standard hospitals with a wide range of in-patient and out-patient services, and with English-speaking staff.

The weather in Chiang Mai in March and April

As graph below shows that the temperature in Chiang Mai during NIATW is quite warm, approximately 25 – 35 Celsius degrees.  However, you will certainly need a warm jacket when you are at Doi Inthanon as it will be much colder especially during the observation at night.

 

 

And note that although 87% of Chiang Mai rain falls between May and October and NIATW is in the dry season, it is still possible to get unseasonal showers so you best bring an umbrella (though we hope you will not need to use it).