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 Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, adjacent to where ISYA 2014 will 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 Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex adjacent to the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.  Credit for sim-cards can be purchased at various shops in the Shopping Complex or at the 24-hr Seven-11 convenience store across the road from the Hotel, on Huay Kaew Road.

ELECTRICITY

Thailand used 220V AC, and the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel has 3-pin wall outlets in the lecture room and 2-pin wall outlets in the bed rooms, 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, these can be purchased at various shops in the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex adjacent to the Hotel. 

 

INSURANCE

NARIT will provide accident and health 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 Immigation 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 ISYA 2014.

MEDICATION AND MEDICAL SERVICES

Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex has a number of pharmacies where common medicines can be purchased.  Meanwhile, if you need medical treatment, Chiang Mai Ram Hospital and Sripat [pronounced See-Pat] Hospital are very close to the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. 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 NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

As graph below shows that we can expect warm sunny days in Chiang Mai during ISYA 2014, but the evenings can be a little chilly so it is best that you bring a jacket.  You will certainly need this when you are at Doi Inthanon, and during the observing sessions at Sirindhorn Observatory.

And note that although 87% of Chiang Mai?s rain falls between May and October and ISYA 2014 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).