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  • Annual Meeting

    A perfect chance to reassemble again

    and meet new members in Phuket!

    Do business with more than 190 freight forwarders

    from all around the world in one place at one time!

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Meeting in Person Is More Important Than Ever!

   An Annual Meeting for freight forwarders from more than 130 countries where Globalia expects its largest attendance  

After such a challenging 2 years, we are delighted to announce our 4th Annual Meeting,
to take place from 15th to 17th March 2023 in Phuket, Thailand!

So, will you join us?

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Boost your revenues      Reach new markets      Expand your company
Find reliable partners      Increase your business      Strengthen your relationships
... in the paradise Island of Phuket
Globalia's Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting's Checklist

Checklist Register
Register your attendance:
Make your Conference reservation and confirm your attendance. Click here.
Checklist Room
Book your room:
We have negotiated a very special rate at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort. Book your room

Checklist airticket
Prepare your trip
Plan your air travel to Phuket in time to attend the optional group tour we're offering on the morning of the first day and the Welcome Cocktail Reception at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort which will start in the evening.
Checklist Meeting
Schedule your one-to-one meetings
Globalia will provide you with your unique Access Code prior to the Conference. Click here

Checklist Passport
Passport
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your arrival in Phuket and that you have a valid return ticket.
Checklist Yellow
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Check if you require an International Health Certificate for Yellow Fever Vaccination before travelling to Phuket. Click here

Checklist Visa
Visa
Obtain your Visa (if necessary).
Click here
Checklist Covid
Covid requirements
Have a look at the latest entry requirements regarding covid. Click here

A once-a-year opportunity to meet the most reliable freight forwarders from all over the world!

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Located in the tropical paradise of Phuket’s West coast, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort is set amidst 40 acres of lush foliage, sprawling golden sands, and the emerald Andaman Sea. The venue which lies on the oceanfront on a secluded cove on Phuket's south-western coast, offers limitless discoveries with facilities and services that are sure to exceed the creative needs and wants of discerning guests whether on leisure or business. Enjoy a secluded pristine beach with a full array of land and sea sport facilities, 10 restaurants and bars, 2 oversized swimming pools, Le Spa, and an onsite discovery centre for kids.

The resort is just minutes away from some of the celebrated sites of Phuket, including the lively shopping and restaurant district of Patong, the 29 ornate temples that dot the island, hiking trails through ancient limestone caverns, and scuba diving through the Andaman Sea’s translucent indigo waters.

An ideal location for a freight forwarder annual meeting!

Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort
 29 Soi Karon Nui, Tambon Karon, Amphur Muang, 
Phuket  83100 Thailand
 +66 76 370 100 
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hktmd-le-meridien-phuket-beach-resort/

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We have negotiated a very special rate just for our delegates:

Type of Room
Deluxe Room with WIFI and breakfast
Single (1 pax)
5,800 THB (€157 approximately) per night
Double (2 pax)
6,200 THB (€168 approximately) per night
Book your room

Please note these rates are limited, so in order to benefit from these special prices, we recommend that Globalia freight forwarding members attending the Annual Meeting book their rooms as soon as possible.

Deluxe Rooms feature modern decor and distinctive, stylish bathrooms. Measuring 37 square metres, these rooms offer a divine contemporary retreat with a smooth, clean palette of colours and timeless textures as well as refreshing hardwood floors throughout. Each room includes a private balcony with views of lush tropical greenery.

Deluxe Room Amenities
398 ft2 / 37 m2
  • Private balcony/patio with table & chairs
  • Separate rain/handheld showerheads
  • 37-inch LCD TV and media hub
  • Free Internet Access
  • Fully-stocked Mini Bar
  • 24-Hour In-Room Dining
  • Central Air-Conditioning
  • International Direct Dialing Telephone
  • Data Port + Laptop Connection
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bathrobes + Slippers
  • Turndown Service
  • Wake-up Service
  • Iron + Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Bedside Lighting Control Panel
Deluxe Room Amenities

Should you prefer a Deluxe room with beautiful views of the pool or the sea, then check out the special prices we've negotiated for our members:


Book your room
Type of room Single Double
Deluxe Pool View WIFI and breakfast 6,100 THB (€165 approximately) per night 6,500 THB (€176 approximately) per night
Deluxe Sea View WIFI and breakfast 6,700 THB (€180 approximately) per night 7,100 THB (€191 approximately) per night
Rates conditions
  • Room rates provided above are special rates applicable for delegates attending Globalia’s 4th Annual Meeting only.
  • The above rates are per room per night and are applicable for 3 nights pre and post stay (for the period of 12th – 20th March 2023). All room rates are inclusive of local taxes.
  • Daily American buffet breakfast and internet are included in the rate.
  • Room rates are quoted in Thai Baht and are quoted on a per room night basis, inclusive of 10% service charge and 8.7% applicable government taxes.
  • Basic internet access, which is provided for guests staying in the hotel, can be accessible in the meeting rooms, restaurants and lobby area.
  • We have blocked a number of rooms at these special rates. However, they are limited, so in order to guarantee that you benefit from these special prices, we recommend that you make your reservation as soon as possible. Once they are over, Globalia Head Office will be unable to assure neither these rates nor the hotel availability.
  • Complimentary:
    • Cold towels and welcome drink upon arrival
    • Porterage fee
    • Use of the Fitness Centre
    • Use of non-motorized water sports facilities
  • Value Adds: 20% off Spa treatments when booking groups of ten or more in the Spa. Bookings must be made, confirmed and pre-paid 30 days prior to arrival to receive this discount.
  • Extra person: THB 1,800 net per night charge is applicable for a third adult or rollaway bed (adult or child), with a maximum of one rollaway bed per room and only certain room categories (Deluxe and Deluxe Pool View Room) in the hotel are allowed with rollaway beds.
Booking
Booking and Payments
Hotel Bookings
  • Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. Click here.
  • In the case of any changes to your hotel booking, please contact the hotel directly.
  • All room bookings must be guaranteed with a valid credit card.
Hotel Payments
  • Delegates must supply a credit card at the time of booking (payment for your stay is processed by the hotel upon check-out).
  • All room and room-related costs will be charged on your own account and must be settled at check-out.
Check-in / check-out
Check in/ Check out

The official check-in time is 03:00 pm and the check-out time is 12:00 noon. For guaranteed room availability prior to 3:00 pm, the room must be pre-registered from the previous day at a full night room rate. For guaranteed dayroom use until 3:00 pm, 50% of the contracted group rate is applicable. For dayroom use after 3:00 pm, a full night’s room rate will be applicable.

Early Check-in Late Check-out
Before 12:00 pm. 100% of room rate.
12:00 pm - 03:00pm. 50% of room rate.
12.00 pm Normal check out.
After 03.00 pm. 100% of room rate.

Attendees shall be responsible to ensure each individual room is officially vacated by 12:00 PM on the day of departure.

Attendees acknowledge that the Hotel may charge them – as liquidated damages and not a penalty – a one night contracted room rate fee as compensation for the harm caused to the Hotel by unscheduled early departures. An Early Departure Fee may only be charged if an attendee checks out of the Hotel prior to the attendee’s scheduled departure date, without having notified the Hotel by 12:00 midnight the day after check-in of the change in scheduled departure.

Cancellation policy for the hotel room
  • Cancellation for the individual reservation must be received at least 7 days prior to the expected arrival. Any cancellation made less than seven days prior to arrival date will be charged at one night’s accommodation.
  • In case of No Show, room charge of the entire stay will be charged as the cancellation fee the individual account.
Globalia Logistics Network does its best to negotiate the lowest possible no-show and cancellation fees with the hotel, but we cannot guarantee success as the final decision rests with the hotel.
Cancellation policy for the meeting (Meeting fee)
Cancellation Date Cancellation Charge
Up to and including 14th January 2023 Event Registration Fees fully refundable
From 15th January to 14th February 2023 50% of the total fees for Event Registration
From 15th February 2023 onwards No refund/full fees due

The One to One Meeting Scheduler will open on 21st February 2023

The One to One Meeting Scheduler will open on 20th February 2023 for those agents who have applied and paid for the Early Access to the One-to-One Meeting Scheduler.

From then until a few days before the event, you will be able to choose the partners with whom you would like to meet on a one-to-one basis during the 2 days of the Meeting. In order to do so, we will send all the participants the link and the login details to access the Scheduler program, which is very intuitive and easy to use.

Face to face meetings

More than 6,000+ face-to-face meetings!

Learn more about a person in 20 minutes than months of emails or phone calls

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These meetings form the core of Globalia’s freight forwarders conference. One to One meetings are the key to the building and strengthening of relationships between members. A personal relationship which translates in the sphere of business as ‘social capital,’ is a key factor which would allow you to expand your company’s scope and prospects.

The power of personal networking propels a significant amount of business deals locally, nationally, and internationally and continues to be the main driving force in closing deals.

Preparation for One to One meetings
  1. Business cards (minimum 100)
  2. Company brochures (20-25)
  3. Information regarding the services you offer and where you operate (perhaps in an electronic presentation)
  4. Statistics about your company. Eg: Number of shipments from/to

In addition to the above, each delegate should do his/her homework about the agent he/she is having the meeting with. Think about why you are having the meeting, what do you want to know about them and vice versa.

Following the above steps will ensure that each meeting is profitable for both parties.

Globalia’s freight forwarding meeting for 2023 will also include a member exclusive group tour to foster networking and socialization. This will undoubtedly contribute in creating a stronger team spirit and help you kick-start the one-to-one meetings on a perfect note. Relax on the stunning beaches of Phi Phi Island while you cement your relationships with your freight forwarding members!

Overview of the tour:
Phi Phi Island Tour by private Speedboat
Duration: 9 hours
Time: 08.30 – 17.30
Tour Fare: €95.00 per person
Inclusive: Phi Phi Island Tour with lunch by speed boat, lunch at Phi Phi Island, National Park Fee and English-speaking Guide

Description:
This member-exclusive trip will take you on a speedboat ride to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands where the delegates will be lunching at a local eatery before heading for the sightseeing tour. You will be visiting some of the marvellous locations of the island such as the Viking Cave, the Loh Samay Bay and the Pileh Cove. Your next destination will be the scenic Monkey Island where you can go for some swimming and snorkelling activities before being transferred to the hotel for the Welcome Cocktail Reception.

Itinerary:

8:15 - 8:30 Pick-up from hotel
9:15 Arrival at Phuket Pier
9:30 Transfer to Phi Phi Island by speedboat
10:30 Arrival at Phi Phi Island and doing sightseeing around the Viking Cave, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Cove and Maya Bay
12:30 Enjoy the buffet Lunch
14:00 Sightseeing at Monkey Beach and snorkeling at Tonsai Bay
15:00 Transfer to Phuket Pier
16:00 Arrival at Phuket Pier
16:30 Pickup from the pier for transfer to the hotel
17:30 Arrival at the hotel

How to book it:
Please select the option ‘Day trip’ once when completing your registration to the Meeting.

Why join the tour?
This tour will not only allow you to explore the gems in the surroundings of Phuket but also foster a sense of camaraderie among members. Apart from the formal one-to-one meetings and the dinner party, the delegates will now get to spend some quality leisure time with their network partners. This can indeed be a very effective way of breaking the ice among members and giving them a chance to establish a lasting bond with their existing and future partners.

Cancellation:
Cancellation for the Day Trip must be received at least 20 days prior to the expected tour. Any cancellation made less than 20 prior to the tour will be charged the whole fee.

Date Time Program
15th March 08.30 - 17:30 Guided tour (Optional)
16:00 - 19:00h Onsite Registration (badges and conference items pick-up)
19:30 - 21:30h Globalia Welcome Cocktail Reception (Delegates and Spouses)
16th March 09:00 - 09:30h Official Opening and presentation by Director Antonio Torres
09:30 - 10:00h Group (and individual) photograph session
10:00 - 10:30h Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:50h One-to-One Meetings and FreightViewer
12:50 - 14:00h Lunch Break (Delegates and Spouses)
14:00 - 15:20h One-to-One Meetings and FreightViewer
15:20 - 15:40h Coffee break
15:40 - 17:00h One-to-One Meetings and FreightViewer
17:00 - 18:00h FREE TIME
19:00h Meet at hotel lobby area for transfer to the Restaurant
19:30 - 23:00h Gala Dinner (Delegates and Spouses)
23:00 Transfer to the hotel
17th March 09:00 - 10:00h One-to-One Meetings and FreightViewer
10:00 - 10:30h Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:50h One-to-One Meetings Slot
12:50 - 14:00h Lunch Break (Delegates and Spouses)
14:00 - 15:20h One-to-One Meetings and FreightViewer
15:20 - 15:40h Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:40h One to One Meeting Slot
16:40 - 17:00h Conference Closure
Dress Code

Dress code for Globalia’s freight forwarding conference 2023: Business

  • For men: Tie and jacket required.
  • For women: Suits, pants, jackets, skirts and dresses that, while not formal, are appropriate for a business environment.

Guided tour
Cocktail
One to One Meeting
Gala Dinner

The hotel is situated 45 Km from the Phuket International Airport, which is about 50-55 minutes drive.

Transfers
  • Hotel – Airport limousine transfer or private van is available at a cost. The hotel can also be reached by public transportation.
  • Private Limousine THB 1,400 (€40 approximately).-net per way per car (max.3 pax)
  • Private Minivan THB 1,900 (€53 approximately).-net per van per way (max.8 pax)
  • Hybrid sedans are available for a Greener option. Rates are inclusive of Service Charge and government tax (currently 17%).
Taxis

We highly recommend just to take metered taxis in Thailand. Should you take other taxis, you will have to bargain the fare.

The taxi fare to the hotel is estimated at THB 900-THB 1,000 (€24 -€27 approximately) one way.

Covid

Covid Requirements

1/3 Pre-arrival requirements (Last update: May 2022)

Vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • A valid passport, and a Thailand Pass or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination.
    • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
    • Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a medical certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

Unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • A valid passport, and a Thailand Pass or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A proof of prepayment for 5-night quarantine at government-approved hotel/s; such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel, or AQ Accommodation/s, plus proof of prepayment for 1 RT-PCR COVID-19 test. Thais are not required to prepay for the test.
The quarantine is exempt for unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system. The exemption also extends to travellers under 6 years of age travelling with parents.

2/3 On Arrival Requirements (Last update: May 2022)

Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

The vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
*For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

Likewise, unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers who have uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

Otherwise, unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers must proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days. The trip to the prebooked accommodation must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a travelling time of no longer than 5 hours. Then, they must undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 4-5. Travellers under 5 years of age, travelling with parents and undergoing the quarantine together, can have a saliva test. Travellers whose test result returns as negative will be allowed to go anywhere in the kingdom, while those whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment and the expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.

3/3 During the Stay (Last update: May 2022)

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

Visa

Thai Visa

Delegates are advised to contact their local Thailand Representative Office to find out if they require a visa to enter Thailand and how to apply for it.

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements as follows:


1/5. Visa not required

Nationals of the below countries are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. For more information, please see Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand.

They are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements. For more information, please see the Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand.

Ordinary Passport Diplomatic/Official Passport
Passport holders of the following countries/ territories may enter Thailand without a visa  
Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme Bilateral Agreement Bilateral Agreement
Period of stay Period of stay Period of stay
30 days 14 days 30 days 90 days 30 days 90 days
Andorra
Brazil*
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bahrain
Brunei
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Hong Kong**
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (ROK)*
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritius
Monaco
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
The Philippines
Peru*
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
San Marino
Singapore
Slovak
Slovenia
Spain
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
UAE
UK
USA
Vietnam**
Cambodia
Myanmar (International Airport only)
Hong Kong**
Laos
Macau
Mongolia
Russia (&VoA)
Vietnam**

Argentina
Brazil*
Chile
Korea (ROK)*
Peru*
Bangladesh (Diplomatic only) (As of 21 Aug2018)
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Ecuador
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Laos
Macau
Malaysia
Mongolia
Myanmar
Oman
Pakistan (Diplomatic only)
Singapore
Vietnam
Albania
Argentina
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bhutan
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia (Diplomatic only)
France (Diplomatic only)
Germany
Hungary
India
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (ROK)
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Montenegro
Morocco
The Netherlands
Nepal
Panama
Peru
The Philippines
Poland Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
South Africa
Spain (Diplomatic only)
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay

2/5. Visa on arrival

Passport holders of the following countries/ territories may apply for Visa on Arrival.

Ordinary Passport
Period of stay: 15 days
Bulgaria
Bhutan
China
Cyprus
Ethiopia
Fiji
Georgia
India
Kazakhstan
Malta
Mexico
Nauru
Papua New Guinea
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Taiwan
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
3/5. Visa required

Nationals of countries not mentioned above are required to apply for a visa only at the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in the applicant’s country of residence, or at the Royal Thai Embassy which has jurisdiction over his or her country of residence. Travellers are advised to enquire about authorised office for visa issuance at any Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General before departure. Contact details and locations of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General are available here.

4/5. Yellow fever
Yellow Certification

Travellers from/through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receiving of a Yellow Fever vaccination.  The certificate must be submitted together with the visa application form. The traveller will also have to present the said certificate to the Immigration Officer upon arrival at the port of entry into the Kingdom.

As for those nationals of the countries listed below but who have not travelled from/through those countries, such a certificate is not required. However, they should possess concrete evidence showing that their domicile is not in an infected area so as to prevent unnecessary inconvenience.

Angola Argentina Benin Bolivia
Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon
Central African Republic Chad Colombia Congo
Congo Republic Cote d’ Ivore Ecuador Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia French-Guiana Gabon Gambia
Ghana Guinea-Bissau Guinea Guyana
Kenya Liberia Mali Mauritania
Niger Nigeria Panama Peru
Rwanda Sao Tome & Principe Senegal Sierra Leone
Somalia Sudan Suriname Tanzania
Togo Trinidad and Tobago Uganda Venezuela

For more information, please visit the following Thai Embassy website.

5/5. How to apply for a visa?

To apply for a visa, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognised by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E.2522 (1979) and its relevant regulations. In addition, the visa applicant must be outside of Thailand at the time of application. The applicant will be issued a type of visa in accordance with his or her purpose of visit. For more information on types of visas and general requirements for each type of visa, please see Types of Visa and Issuance of Visa.

For more information, please visit: https://bsb.thaiembassy.org/en/index and check your closest local Thailand Representative Office.

Location

Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations, with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns. It has something for any taste and budget, with a wide choice of dining and partying options. Aside from visiting the fantastic attractions of Thailand’s biggest island, you can take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Phuket is blessed with more than 30 amazing beaches to choose from. Patong Beach, Kata, Karon and Kamala have always been the most popular, but the north of the island reveals some hidden gems for travellers searching for a more romantic atmosphere.

Quick Facts
Language: Thai but English is widely spoken.
Time: GMT +7
Tax: VAT 7% (Refundable for tourists in participating stores)
Electricity: 220 volts a/c
Measures: Metric System
Tipping: 10% is usually automatically added in restaurants. If not, 10% is an appropriate amount to leave.
Emergency Telephone: Tel: 1155 (English speaking operator)
Business hours:
  • Banks 08:30/09:30 – 15:30 Monday to Friday (Only branches in malls are open at the weekend, see below for Mall opening hours).
  • Office Hours 08:00/09:00 – 16:00/17:00 Monday to Friday
  • Shops 08:00/09:00 – 21:00 or later (Malls are open 10:00 – 20:00/21:00 daily)
Climate

Phuket has a tropical monsoonal climate. It's warm all year round, but it is hot and wet specially from April to May and from September to October. The September-October period is also the wettest, due to the southwest monsoon. Thanks to its position in the Andaman Sea, Phuket weather is mostly mild.

Religion

450 temples serve the 92% of the population who are Buddhist. The remaining 8% is made up of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and a small Jewish community.

Money

Baht is the currency of Thailand. Major currency bills and traveller cheques are cashed easily at hotels, tourist shops, all provincial banks, shopping centres and money changers
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, tour agencies, as well as certain restaurants and shops. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted, followed by American Express and Japan Card Bureau (JCB). You will need cash for markets, streets stalls and when paying for transport.

Safety

On the whole Bangkok is a safe city. The biggest problem tourist’s face is pickpocketing. Pickpockets generally operate in markets and stations.
When paying by credit card, ensure it is kept in plain sight. The card should not need to be taken away to process your bill.
Cars drive on the left side of the road as per the UK, Australia etc. Watch out for motorbikes; they are renowned for using the wrong side of the road. It is best to use pedestrian bridges to cross roads as cars are not known for stopping at crossings, even when the lights are red.

Health and vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter Thailand. However, please check with your GP as to what they recommend. Only drink bottled water with the seal intact and avoid ice at road stalls as it’s not usually stored hygienically. Cylindrical ice with a hole in the middle is usually ok.

If you have travelled from/through a yellow fever infected country then you must produce an International Health Certificate proving you have had the yellow fever vaccination. For more information, please click here. The certificate must be submitted with the visa application form and presented to the immigration officer at the point of entry into Thailand.

Manners and etiquette
  • Thais greet each other with a WAI (by pressing the palms together at the chest), so if a local offers a WAI then it is deemed proper to return it.
  • Smile! It will help you to be more polite and get you out of confrontational situations, which Thais hate.
  • Do not point at anything with your feet as feet are seen to be the lowliest part of the body. Furthermore, do not touch anyone on the head as it is the most sacred part.
Dress Code

Dress code for Globalia’s freight forwarding conference 2023: Business

  • For men: Tie and jacket required.
  • For women: Suits, pants, jackets, skirts and dresses that, while not formal, are appropriate for a business environment.

Generally: Light clothes because of the heat and high humidity.*
*Shorts and t-shirts are deemed unsuitable for entry to government offices. To enter a temple, you should be modestly dressed (legs and shoulders covered).
Royal Family

They are to be shown the utmost respect at all times. Even standing on a coin with the face of the Queen would be seen as disrespectful.

Temple
  • Dress modestly (legs and shoulders to be covered)
  • Women must not hand anything to a monk or touch them
  • Remove shoes before entering
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