International participants who require a visa to enter Thailand should follow the application procedure of the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General in their respective country.
For more information, please see visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123.
Participants who require an invitation letter to obtain their visa should contact the PNC coodinator at: email@example.com
The organisers will issue an invitation which covers the period of the conference plus one or two days directly before and after the conference. Invitation letters will be sent to the name and address provided by the applicant. All letters will be emailed as PDFs.
The following information is required:
- Name (as it appears on your passport)
- Title (Prof., Dr., etc.)
- Institutional address
- Personal address
- Passport number
- Date of Birth
Currency and Exchange
The local currency is Thai Baht (THB). Normally, a better exchange rate is available when buying Thai Baht in Thailand. It is advisable to bring US Dollars, British Pounds, Euros or other major currencies which provide more secure and stable rates for exchanging to Thai Baht. Money. Participants should exchange currency in Bangkok prior to coming to Pattani.
Pre-paid SIM cards are available at the airport and most convenience stores (Seven Eleven).
For use in three southern border provinces, all SIM cards must be re-registered at any mobile phone shop in Pattani. Registration requires a photocopy of ID card or passport along with the completed SIM card registration form.
What to wear
Participants are advised to respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. As a predominantly Muslim region, participants are advised to dress modestly in public and avoid attire that exposes too much flesh.
Electricity in Thailand is powered at 220V, 50Hz. It is advised to bring adapters and voltage converters though they may also be purchased at most hardware shops and department stores. There is no specific standard for plugs and outlets. The most common plug type is the two flat blades but two round pins are also seen. Note that some buildings have grounded outlets for 3-pin plugs, which have 2 flat pins and 1 round pin.
Useful Telephone Numbers
For useful telephone numbers, please refer to: http://www.sawadee.com/thailand/touristline/
Regular flights to Hat Yai begin at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Vans or taxis are available for the onward journey to Pattani from Hat Yai airport.
Shuttle Shedules between Hat Yai Airport and Pattani (provided by conference organisers)
|Date||Hat Yai Airport - Pattani||Drop-off Location||Pattani - Hat Yai Airport||Pick-up Location||Note|
|1/24/2017||08.00 hrs||Conference Venue||17.00 hrs||Conference Venue||Conference Dates|
|1/25/2017||08.00 hrs||Conference Venue||10.00 hrs||Conference Venue|
|1/26/2017||08.00 hrs||CS Pattani Hotel|
|1/27/2017||08.00 hrs||CS Pattani Hotel|
Reservation for the shuttle service (provided by conference organisers) is required. To book the shuttle, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, date and time of arrival and departure at Hat Yai Airport, shuttle(s) you would like to book, accommodation in Pattani/Hat Yai, and contact details.
There are other private agencies which provide transportation between Hat Yai and Pattani more frequently. They are the following:
- C Siam Travel +66 82 822 1388, +66 83 190 2200, +66 86 481 3988 (See schedule below)
- Asean Travel +66 73 336 667
- Al-Hijrah&Travel +66 73 311 881
- Hat Yai Airport Limousine +66 74 227 236
C Siam Travel's schedule
|Pattani - Hat Yai Airport||Hat Yai Airport - Pattani||Price|
|05.00 hrs||09.30 hrs||270 THB|
|06.00 hrs||11.30 hrs|
|08.00 hrs||12.30 hrs|
|09.00 hrs||14.30 hrs|
|10.00 hrs||15.30 hrs|
|12.00 hrs||16.30 hrs|
|14.00 hrs||17.30 hrs|
|16.00 hrs||18.30 hrs||320 THB|
|18.00 hrs||19.30 hrs||370 THB|
From Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station, there are both express and rapid trains to Hat Yai and Pattani. From Pattani Khok Pho’s Station, participants can take a short songtaew to the town centre.
For more details, visit www.railway.co.th, or contact 1690, +66 2223 7020
For participants who prefer to stay in Hat Yai, a shuttle bus service will be provided between PSU Hat Yai direct to PSU Pattani twice a day for the duration of the conference.
Contact the PNC Coordinator for further details or to make a reservation: email@example.com
For more details on transportation, please go to http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Pattani/Transport
Participants can stay in Pattani or Hat Yai for the duration. The following is a list of accommodation options. There are limited options for accommodation in Pattani so advance booking is advised.
|Location||No.||Hotel||Room Type||Room Rate||Details||Contact|
|Pattani||1||CS Pattani||Twin deluxe (twins bed)||900 - 1,000 THB||Breakfast included for one person (900 THB), Breakfast included for 2 persons (1,100 THB)||Tel: +66 73 336 090
|Deluxe (single bed)||1,500 THB||Breakfast included for 1-2 persons|
|2||Parkview Resort||Single/twin beds||650 THB||100 THB per person for breakfast||Tel: +66 73 335 100
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|3||Rainbow Hotel||Double||650 THB||Breakfast not included||Tel: +66 73 348 888|
|Hat Yai (Songkla)||4||Centara Hotel Hat Yai||Superior||2,500 - 3,500 THB||Breakfast included for 1-2 persons. Online reservation is available. Room rates vary by season.||Tel: +66 74 352 222
|Deluxe- Premium||3,300 THB|
|5||New Season Hotel||Deluxe||1,450 THB||Breakfast excluded. Online reservation is available.||Tel: +66 74 352 888
|6||Full House Hotel||Superior||600 THB||Breakfast not included.||Tel: +66 74 500 666
|7||NECA Complex||Standard||850 THB||Breakfast not included.||Tel: +66 74 280 151
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- General Information on Pattani: http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Pattani
- General Information on Hat Yai: http//www.tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/Destination/Hat-Yai
- Campus Details: http://www.pn.psu.ac.th/webEng/introduce.php?select=map
Travel to Southern Thailand - Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla
The deep south of Thailand, which includes the three southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and three districts in Songkla province, has experienced almost daily incidents of mostly politically motivated violence for many years, particularly acts attributed to armed local resistance movements. This has resulted in more than 6,000 deaths since 2004. Most targeted attacks are directed at security officials and Thai government interests. Targeted attacks have not been known to be directed at foreigners. Bombings have sometime struck inpublic and commercial areas. The situation in the Deep South has been characterized as a protracted low-intensity conflict.
Martial law has been in force in the region since 2005, and Thai authorities have on occasion instituted special security measures in affected areas, such as military patrols, or random searches. The area is heavily securitized and there are a number of military checkpoints throughout the region.
The International Conference on Political Transition, Non-violence and Communication in Conflict Transformation will be organised in the Faculty of Communication Science on the Pattani campus of Prince of Songkla University (PSU). To date, the campus has never been the site of any violent incidents. Throughout the years of instability, the university campus has remained asafe space. Moreover, a number of conferences, nationally and internationally, have been organised and held at PSU in the past. In 2014, PSU hosted an international conference on conflict transformation in which over 350 participants attended.
In Pattani town itself, small-scale bomb attacks at specific locations have been known to occur. However, these incidents have been largely confined to the early hours of the morning and are designed more to shock and disrupt rather than cause large scale civilian casualties. Despite the insecurity, Pattani has an active student population and continues to play host to many of the economic and social activitiesin the region. Moreover, the majority of violence tends to occur outside of the region’s urban areas in rural villages and in-between the towns.
As with any unfamiliar environment, participants should exercise particular caution and remain vigilant with regard to personal security. Activities such as travelling late at nightout of urban areas should be avoided to reduce exposure to any potential risk.
The conference organisers monitor the situation of violence continuously. Should any significant intensification of the conflict occur such that hosting the event becomes a security concern participants will be duly notified.