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That's the way we greet people here in Thailand. We are pleased to have this opportunity to welcome you to Thailand and to Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, the only truly open university in Thailand. We have endeavored to ensure that your stay with us in the Land of Smiles is a rewarding and exciting one. We extend to you a cordial invitation to relax and enjoy the pleasant surroundings while making new friends and sharing the gracious and captivating Thai hospitality so well known throughout the world.

Working Language
English is the official language of the conference. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Visa Information
Participants are advised to check whether they require an entry visa for Thailand from the Thai Immigration Bureau. For information on visa application to attend the ICET World Assembly in Thailand, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or ask Thai Embassies or consulates in their countries of origin.

Currency and Exchange Services
The official Thai currency is the baht. The baht is divided into 100 satang. Coins are valued at 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht. For currency exchange rates, please visit the Bank of Thailand.

Major currency bills and travelers checks are accepted at hotels, banks, and foreign exchange facilities in tourist areas and shopping centers. Credit cards are widely accepted and cards can be used for payment at major shops.

Electricity
The electrical current in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles throughout the Kingdom. Power plugs are two-prong flat or round plugs, as well as grounded plugs. Participants are advised to bring along multiple socket adaptors.

Weather
June comes during Thailand’s rainy season, but there will still be plenty of sunshine. There will likely be an average of one brief rain storm per day, with sunny or partly cloudy weather the rest of the time. The temperature range for Nonthaburi and Central part of Thailand in June is 25-33° C.

Dos and Don’ts
- Be respectful of elders.
- Honor the customs of Thai Buddhism. When visiting temples, wear shirts with sleeves and pants at least longer than the knee. Women should avoid any physical contact with monks (either in the temple or on the street) as it is against their code of conduct to touch women. Finally, respect images of the Buddha as well by not handling images – especially the face and head – or sitting with your feet pointed towards a Buddha image.
- The King, Queen and Royal Family hold a high place in Thai society and history, so any comment that could be considered disparaging could cause offense, and may even violate the country’s lèse majesté laws.
- Remove your shoes before entering someone’s house or a temple building. Leave them outside and put them back on when you leave.
- Do not touch a person’s head or hair, as Thais consider it to be the highest and most respected part of the body. If you touch someone’s head inadvertently, you should apologize.
- Likewise, the feet are considered dirty and vulgar, so people should never point or gesture with their feet, or use their feet in a way that indicates disrespect for something or someone.

Dress
Though formal dress is usually unnecessary, neat clothes and personal cleanliness is respected in Thai society. Thailand is generally a conservative culture, so revealing clothing is usually considered inappropriate.


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