November 17, 2021
By Kiran Sidhu
Our Cityscapes series presents you with exciting alternative locations for your company gatherings and business meetings. Bring your team together in a refreshing way and inspire collaboration.
Thailand is the leader in the region for business meetings and incentives because of its uniquely diverse and creative culture. The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is a government agency that is responsible for all business events and its staff works hard to ensure that Thailand is at the forefront of business trends. TCEB works closely with the national carrier, Thai Airways International to attract business travellers and also offers incentives.
Bangkok offers a unique setting for business meetings and events in a variety of historical venues. The city has stunning landmarks, great shopping and unbelievable markets – including Chatuchak with 15,000 stalls. The city has fascinating architecture and iconic modern buildings including Elephant Tower and the Robot Building. There are also soothing Thai massages, vibrant nightlife and local cuisines to indulge in.
As Thailand relaxes travel restrictions to revive the tourism industry, now is the time to seize the opportunity and plan a team trip to Thailand. Bringing your team together will allow them to strengthen relationships and work more cohesively. The results include a dynamic team spirit and a more motivated workforce. We’ve shortlisted these 5 well-designed hotels for all budgets for you to choose from.
On 1 November 2021, the Test & Go Scheme was introduced and this allows travellers from certain low-risk countries to enter Thailand quarantine-free – providing they have stayed in an approved country for the 21 days prior to travelling to Thailand.
● Travellers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before travelling to
Thailand and the vaccine used must be a WHO-approved vaccine.
● Proof of vaccination will be required.
● A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure for Thailand.
● Medical insurance with a minimum of $50,000 coverage for Covid- related expenses is
● A certificate of Entry (COE) is required.
● On arrival at Phuket International Airport, an RT-PCR Covid-19 test must be completed.
● Payment confirmation is required of a one night’s accommodation at an approved quarantine hotel to await the PCR test results.
Thailand has also introduced the ‘Sandbox Programme’ for those wanting to travel to Thailand from a country that is not listed on the Test & Go Scheme. This programme allows these travellers and also unvaccinated travellers to enter Thailand and stay in one of the 17 ‘Blue Zone Destinations’ in the country for seven days and after that, they can then travel to other parts of Thailand.
Those travellers not travelling to a blue zone destination or who are not vaccinated will be required to complete ten days of quarantine at an ‘approved quarantine’ hotel.
Bangkok has been warmly welcoming business travellers for many years and has a worldwide reputation for its hospitality, world-class cuisine and myriad of classical sites. You will find our selection of hotels and villas in Bangkok very enticing.
Situated on the Surawong Road in the heart of the city and just five minutes walk from Patpong, this traditional Thai -style hotel is just 25 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and offers a comfortable stay in this colourful city.
The guest rooms are elegantly decorated in Lanna and Middle Rattenakoshinera styles with wooden floors and beautiful wooden furniture which includes a large desk.
The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool with a bar for drinks and snacks and there is a gym close by and spa treatments are available. There is a restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine. The hotel is surrounded by markets, shopping malls, restaurants and street food vendors. For business guests, there is Wi-Fi throughout and business facilities including a photocopier. Prices start at $65 per night and you can visit the website here.
This charming boutique hotel is situated in the Silom area which is the central Business District and just 0.3km from the centre of Bangkok and a short tuk-tuk ride from the Grand Palace. Built in 1916, this hotel has a long history and is still owned by the Lhuang Buri Rajbumrung family. Kessara Boutique Hotel has been recently renovated but great care was taken to protect the architectural detail of the building throughout.
There are 7 guest rooms that have been beautifully furnished with comfort in mind and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. This hotel is known for its friendly staff who deliver a high standard of service and exceptionally good breakfast. The restaurant offers both regional and international cuisine. Interestingly, this hotel has a shoe-free policy indoors. Prices start at $105 per night.
These practical colonial-style guest rooms are situated in Chatuchak which is an ideal location for exploring Bangkok. There are seven guest rooms and each is spacious and comfortable with a sitting area, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, fridge and cookware. There is a spacious terrace on the grounds plus conference and meeting rooms. The coffee shop/ café is perfect for informal meals and serves Asian cuisine. Prices start from $145 per night – you can visit the website here or view it on Airbnb.
Sitting on the banks of the Phraya River about 40 minutes away from the airport, Praya Palazzo has a rich history that is entwined with the Italian artists who worked on various projects in the city shortly after it opened in 1923. This can be quickly spotted as the original part of the hotel – Baan Bang Yee Khan- is a good example of Palladio architecture.
The hotel’s elegant guest rooms can accommodate 50 guests. There is an outdoor pool featuring natural lava stones, Pray Palazzo has a function room for business meetings and a gallery that is rich in artworks and can comfortably host cocktails and lectures for 50 people. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the library and dinner poolside at Praya Dining which features delicious Thai cuisine. If you want to visit the city’s historical and cultural sights, you can hop on the hotel’s private barge. Prices begin at $150 per night.
Sitting on the hillside, surrounded by nature and overlooking Bang Sar Bay is the Tamarind Villas. There are four exclusive villas in a 180-acre private estate and each of these stunning villas is self-contained. The Exclusive Villa is the perfect setting for a team event as it has nine themed bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. The villa has a large private pool, floodlit tennis court and six outdoor showers. There is a gym, massage sala and private cinema plus yoga facilities. The villa has a housekeeper and in-house chef.
The other Tamarind villas are the Orchid villa with three bedrooms and the Ultra Villa with 15 bedrooms. The Lake Villa with six bedrooms is the other Tamarind Villa that is popular for group meetings as it sits on the shore of the Tamarind’s own lake and also has its own seminar and function room. Accommodation prices start at $265 per night.
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