TRANSPORTATION From and to Airport Participants should make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi, airport rail link and bus services are readily available at the airport. Detailed information about Suvarnabhumi Airport can be found at http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/main_en.php. To avail themselves of the limousines and public metered-taxis services as indicated above, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. The officials, upon contact, will issue a ticket for the assignment of either a limousine or a public metered-taxi for transporting passengers to the desired destination. Participants may access public taxi counters by exiting gates 3 or 9 of the arrival zone in Suvarnabhumi Airport. In addition to toll fees, there is a 50 Baht surcharge to be added to the meter charge from airport to the city. Transportation in Bangkok BTS sky train The BTS Skytrain is the safest, most comfortable and convenient way to get around Bangkok. Currently there are two routes, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line. They cover much of the central city and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas. The trains run daily between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours. The fare is based on the distance traveled. For more information about the fare, please visit: http://www.bts.co.th/en/ticket_new.asp MRT (underground train) The 21-kilometer, 18-station Blue line presently runs from Bang Sue to Hua Lamphong via Phra Ram 9 and has a carrying capacity of 40,000 people in each direction per hour. Similar to the Skytrain, the Metro uses trains supplied by Siemens which travel up to 80 km/h. Passengers can conveniently connect to the Skytrain at Si Lom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak Park stations. The metro has a large depot in Huai Khwang district, which is located between Phra Ram 9 and Thailand Cultural Centre stations. The trains operate from 6 am to midnight daily. For more information about the fare, please visit: http://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/ticket.aspx?Menu=3&Lang=En Boat Chao Praya River Express operates a regular boat service up and down the river. Fares are extremely cheap - you can get just about anywhere for 11 Baht to 25 Baht (0.36 USD to 0.83 USD) depending on the distance and the type of boat. There are piers next to many of the riverside hotels. Even if you aren't staying on the river, if you are staying close to the elevated train system, you can catch a train to the Taksin Bridge station. A River Express pier is on the river right below the station, and there is generally someone on duty at the pier to sell you a ticket and help plan your trip. The boats can be dangerously crowded during peak traffic times, so avoid rush hours. Website: http://bangkok.sawadee.com/canals.htm Transport to Attend Sessions Free shuttle service Most of hotels offer, subject to number of guests, shuttle services (hotel-ESCAP-hotel) according to a fixed schedule. Please check the front desk or the Information note for participants for the arrangements made. Public taxi Another most convenient way is by public taxi. The rate depends on distance and traffic but the normal start up rate is at 35 baht. Map below can be shown to taxi driver to avoid miscommunication.
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