One of the most dynamic business and cultural centres of Thailand, Bangkok, is a major tourist attraction due to its friendly, lively atmosphere and for the businessmen, it provides numerous opportunities for expanding trade.
Bangkok provides international business-event planners with opportunities for memorable MICE functions that combine Thailand’s unbeatable value and flexibility with its distinctive culture and hospitality, resulting in unique and inspiring experiences. From October 2012 to August 2013, Thailand witnessed 993,072 MICE travellers, with revenues of over 86,280 billion baht (US$ 2.87 billion).
The regional centre for business, finance and communications, Bangkok, is also one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. The Thai capital has an enormous range of products for every shopaholic, like the weekend markets, the night markets along Silom and Sukhumvit roads, boutiques in Siam Square or the malls of Siam Paragon and CentralWorld.
The Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is Thailand’s first purpose-built convention center and is home to the Plenary Hall, a theatre style hall, which has a capacity to host up to 6000 people and is considered one of the best venues for meetings, conventions and exhibitions held in Thailand.
Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), regarded as one of the best exhibition venues in Asia, offers world-class MICE services and facilities that can accommodate events of huge numbers with total usable space of 50,400 sq m.
Located in the heart of Bangkok’s business district at CentralWorld, Bangkok Convention Centre (BCC), is a fully integrated venue for international conventions, conferences, and exhibitions. It has 5,250 sq m of pillar-free space with the main hall having a capacity to host 5,000 delegates.
The Royal Paragon Hall (RPH) is one of Asia’s most modern halls and strategically located at the Siam Paragon Shopping Center in the heart of Bangkok. With a total combined space of 12,000 sq m, its three impressive and ultramodern multi-purpose halls are fully furnished and equipped with cutting edge technology.
Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall has a unique location on the west side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, offering a view of both the Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace, two of the most visited tourist locations in Bangkok.
The United Nation Conference Centre (UNCC) occupies approximately 18,600 sq m of space and is in close proximity to many government offices and old quarters of Bangkok. UNCC is one of the three UN buildings and has three storeys.
From large-scale exhibitions and conventions, to intimate meetings and incentive groups, Bangkok has the venue, accommodation, and creative support needed to make MICE events successful. Home to many shopping hubs and spa retreats, Bangkok provides many luxurious leisure activities.
There are also various hotels and convention halls like Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, the Conrad Bangkok Hotel, Dusit Thani, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Shangri-La Hotel, JW Marriott, The Peninsula, etc for the MICE travellers to do their business.
Places of interest
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Bangkok may bustle with business, but there are plenty of activities for those who want to enjoy what the city has to offer. A luxurious spa or a foot massage in a roadside shop, Bangkok is also home to some exotic Thai cuisine. For the more energetic traveller, there are Thai boxing courses in the city’s gyms, Tai Chi and aerobic dancing in Lumpini Park, or a round of golf at one of Bangkok’s golfing layouts.
For a real feel of old Bangkok, a boat ride along the River of Kings takes visitors past many Bangkok landmarks, such as the spires of the Temple of Dawn. On the opposite bank, ancient Wat Po is home to both the Reclining Buddha and its famed school of massage. Both temples pay homage to their illustrious neighbour, the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple with their architecture and history. Other arttactions in old Bangkok include temples, a golden teak palace, the National Museum, and the streets of Chinatown.