Logistics

Travel Preparations

Visa Requirements

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:  pnc2017.pattani@gmail.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:

  1. Name (as it appears on your passport)
  2. Title (Prof., Dr., etc.)
  3. Institutional address
  4. Personal address
  5. Passport number
  6. 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.

Mobile phone

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

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/

 

Transportation

By plane

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
1/23/2017 10.00 hrs Hotels      
15.00 hrs
1/24/2017 08.00 hrs Conference Venue 17.00 hrs Conference Venue Conference Dates
12.00 hrs
1/25/2017 08.00 hrs Conference Venue 10.00 hrs Conference Venue
17.00 hrs
1/26/2017     08.00 hrs CS Pattani Hotel
12.00 hrs
1/27/2017     08.00 hrs CS Pattani Hotel  
12.00 hrs

Reservation for the shuttle service (provided by conference organisers) is required. To book the shuttle, please send an email to pnc2017.pattani@gmail.com 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

By train

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

By car

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: pnc2017.pattani@gmail.com

For more details on transportation, please go to http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Pattani/Transport

 

Accommodation

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
cspattanihotel.com
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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Suite 1,500 THB
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
centarahotelsresorts.com
Deluxe 3,000 THB
Deluxe- Premium 3,300 THB
5 New Season Hotel Deluxe 1,450 THB Breakfast excluded. Online reservation is available. Tel: +66 74 352 888
newseasonhotel.com
Suite 2,300 THB
6 Full House Hotel Superior 600 THB Breakfast not included. Tel: +66 74 500 666
facebook.com Fullhousehotel
Deluxe 1,000 THB
7 NECA Complex Standard 850 THB Breakfast not included. Tel: +66 74 280 151
facebook NECA Complex Apartment
Deluxe 1,200 THB
  • 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.