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Location & Transport

CONFERENCE VENUE AND HOW TO REACH:

All parts of the scientific program will be hosted at the Montein Hotel Bangkok (http://www.montien.com) located near CU main campus. The Montein Hotel Bangkok has been a landmark of Bangkok for more than 50 years. International conferences have been held in this facility affiliated with CU since its was erected. Besides conference room, the Montein Hotel Bangkok is reputably known for their authentic and critic-acclaimed Thai food for both locals and tourists. Participants of the conference will enjoy two coffee breaks and a lunch on everyday of the conference.

The main auditorium conference room will be held in Rajmontein Grand room (700+ m2) with a maximum capacity of holding 200 guests will be used for oral and poster presentations.

To get to the conference venue, participants should arrive in one of the two Thailand international airports available: Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.

From Don Mueang Airport (https://www.donmueangairport.com): there are couple of routes that you can explore depending on whether how adventurous you are and if you want to save some money.
Route 1: at the arrival terminal there is a free airport shuttle bus number A1 that will take you to Mo Chit (the largest bus terminal in Bangkok). As you arrive at Mo Chit, which is near a sky train (BTS http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/02-route-current_new.aspx) station, you can take the sky train to arrive at Saladaeng station (you will need to switch to Silom route at Siam station). Departing the station, it will take you couples of minutes to arrive at the convention venue by walking.

Alternatively, you can get a taxi from the airport to arrive at Mo Chit.

Route 2: there is a taxi station in Don Mueang Airport, you have to wait for a cue and pay addition 50 Baht surcharge on top of what the meter says when you arrive at the conference venue.

From Suvarnabhumi Airport (https://airportthai.co.th/en/): Suvarnabhumi airport provide more convenient way of traveling to our convention venue. There are such options:

Route 1: the lowest floor of Suvarnabhumi airport, there is an access to the Airport Rail Link (ARL http://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en/), a train connecting from the airport to the inner city of Bangkok. The last stop for the ARL is your destination (Phaya Thai station). From the station, take the BTS sky train to Saladaeng station (you will need to switch to Silom route at Siam station). Departing the station, it will take you couple of minutes to arrive at the convention venue by walking.

Route 2: a taxi service is available in level xx of the airport. You have to wait for a cue and pay addition 50 Baht surcharge on top of what the meter say when you arrive at the convention venue.

Route 3: airport limousine (https://www.aot-limousine.com/serviceclient.html). This is the most convenient way to arrive at the conference venue though the most expensive. You can book your reservation online and have the service pick you up at the airport.

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Accomodation – 5th ASA Conference, Thailand, 2018

An announcement by Prof Natapot Warrit:

ACCOMMODATION at The Montein Hotel Bangkok (http://www.montien.com)

Participants of the meeting may make a reservation for accommodation through the organizing committee (asa5conference@gmail.com).

Rates for a Superior room is 2,700 Baht/night for Single bed and 3,100 Baht/night for twins.

Contact Address: 54 Surawongse Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand,

Tel: +66 2233 7060-9, 2348 0607-9, Fax: +66 2236 5218-9,

E-mail: bangkok@montien.com

ACCOMMODATION at Campus – CU iHOUSE (www.chula.ac.th/en/prospective-student/accommodation)

Participants of the 5th ASA Conference may choose to stay at the Chulalongkorn University International House, a 26 stories campus residence with 846 units of fully-furnished rooms and close (within 20 minutes walking distance) to the conference venue.

The rate for a single person/ room/night is 1000 Baht (with an additional 1000 Baht deposit). All deposit will be return upon checking out.

Contact Address: 268 Chulalongkorn Soi 9, Charasmuang road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand,

Tel: +66 2217 3188, Fax: +66 2217 3111,

Email: cuh.remsthailand@thecuihouse.com

5th ASA CONFERENCE — ROOM RESERVATION THROUGH ORGANISERS

Please fill in the following Google form if you wish to make reservations through the organizers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11T6NVojr5O8Kq0bvIjU_Y-SnkvyN40Hec7Qb63VVlU4/viewform?edit_requested=true

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Message from the President Mr Joseph K H Koh

Joseph K H Koh

Joseph K H Koh
President, Asian Society of Arachnology.

The Asian Society of Arachnology (ASA) has crossed another milestone in its development with the launching of this website, thanks to the determined efforts of our webmaster Priyanka Hadole.

It has been an arduous journey since the society was born in 2012. We have had four conferences – Pakse (2012), Chiang Mai (2014), Amravati (2015) and Chongqinq (2017). Through Facebook and a chat group in WeChat, we have been sharing photographs and videos, and alerting one and another of new papers and publications, and generally keeping in touch and keeping the ASA flame alive.

The ASA should continue to evolve, but in its own unique way. There is no need to imitate others blindly and become a clone of other arachnological societies elsewhere in the world. We are unique because our members come from widely diverse backgrounds, encompassing a vast geographic spread and have very varied requirements – from nature photography, ecological studies, biological control to taxonomy, systematics and molecular phylogeny. We exist because we aim to cater for the diverse needs of our membership – from students, teachers, passionate hobbyists, to professional museum scientists and academic researchers interested in Asian spiders and other arachnids.

Our website can open a new door of opportunity to make a pivotal difference in growing the impact and standing of our society. The evolution of our website should be an interactive process involving our webmaster, the ASA Council and the members at large. We welcome your criticisms, encouragement and suggestions as we update and upgrade this website. Taking into account your feedback, we will proceed with easy-to-achieve “low-hanging fruits”, bearing in mind the time available of our webmaster and other content contributors. However, we hope that we can eventually include useful learning kits and reference aids, and other highly privileged contents that will be made available only to registered members.

We need your support to turn this website into a vibrant virtual market place for ideas and information, and an effervescent classroom to raise the enthusiasm and collective standards in arachnological studies in Asia.

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