2018's AGM in Porto Portugal was a meeting to remember. In a city with so much history and potential our members enjoyed spending time together and finalized business opportunities. This year we will enjoy meeting in the bustling city of Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River.
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When you invest in your relationships — professional and personal — it can pay you back in dividends throughout the course of your career.
It’s never too early — or too late — to invest in your network. The best way to improve your networking skills is to put yourself out there and give it a try. According to Baikowitz, "the worst networking mistake you can make is not trying at all."
Also called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai, the city of Bangkok is Thailand's capital city and home to over 8 million people. The city occupies approximately 1,568.7 square kilometers (605.7 sq. mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand. Compared to other Thai urban centers, Bangkok is a very important city and dwarfs them in terms of commercial value. Below are a few facts you did not know about Bangkok.
As you may already know, Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world, but locally it’s just called ‘Krungthep’ – ‘city of angels’.
The full name? Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
If you learn how to say the whole thing we guarantee you’ll become an instant hero.
You might not expect many wild animals to live in a busy city like Bangkok, but in fact there are plenty.
Visit Lumphini Park in Silom, or even some of the quieter canals and you’re likely to see some water monitors slipping in and out of the water.
There were so many in Lumphini Park that last year authorities rehomed some of them. Other critters you might see include house geckos, tokay geckos and tiny bats.
Bangkok is oriented around major streets and canals.
Branching off these are alleys called sois, which makes it relatively easy to orient yourself if you know what road you’re on.
Having said that, some roads, like highways, are ridiculously long. Sukhumvit goes all the way from central Bangkok to Pattaya – a 90-minute drive away.
While in Bangkok you are never more than a block away from an ATM. Machines are rarely alone, either – they’re usually huddled in clusters with a few different banks’ ATMs.
Not so fun fact: ATMs in Thailand spit out your money first and your card second, resulting in many a forgotten card.
If you do leave your card in an ATM, they will collect it and keep it at the branch, which should be named on the offending ATM.
Unlike its counterparts in the west, Bangkok has two spotlessly clean mass transportation systems.
The skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) systems both operate throughout the inner city – the former even gives you a bird’s-eye view down onto all the traffic you’re not stuck in.
Just leave your food and drinks at the gate.
The market With more than 15,000 stalls, it really is a must-see.
Keep hydrated with coconut ice cream and Thai iced tea. Get a foot massage to revive. Get a map and use it. Expect to get lost at least a half-dozen times and just enjoy the bargains that come your way!
One of the most popular places is the aforementioned Lumphini Park in Silom, which hosts free open-air jazz concerts in the high season and where you can see open-air aerobics every afternoon.
For a jog, head to Benjakiti Park near Sukhumvit MRT – you can even jog (or take a leisurely stroll) from here to Lumphini on an underutilized cycle path.
There is a similarly named Benjasiri Park in Phrom Pong with kids’ playgrounds, basketball courts, a swimming pool and a lake with turtles – a popular place with families at the weekends.
Sometimes it happens that you arrive at one and have to transfer to the other, in which case you can use the airport shuttle.
It is free and departs multiple times per day. Suvarnabhumi also has a very affordable airport link train that operates from very early to very late for only 40 baht per trip, which takes roughly 35 minutes.
Aside from Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), which are all quite close together, you may want to see these temples:
As normal, the first attendee fee will be invoiced with your annual dues. Any other attendees, spouses etc will be invoiced to our members and this year we are pleased to announce that these fees can be paid by Credit Card! Should you wish to make use of this facility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and an invoice will be raised and submitted to you to pay via Credit Card. There will be a 2.5% credit card fee added to the invoice!
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Stay connected with a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room. Handy’s complimentary features include unlimited international and local calls to select destinations, unlimited 4G data connectivity with WiFi tethering capability to other mobile devices, information on the resort’s facilities with direct dial features and a digital city guide with recommendations on restaurants, shopping and major tourist attractions in Bangkok, and incoming hotel room calls and room-to-room calls. The Handy is a comprehensive smart phone technology and a convenient way to stay connected, informed and entertained.
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