2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference: Venue, Accommodation, Travel Information


VenueThe Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom, Founded in 1296 CE. Currently, it is the hub of Northern Thailand and the Capital City of the Province of this name. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand’s fifth-largest city.

Chiang Mai’s historical centre is the walled city (city is chiang in the northern Thai dialect while mai is new, hence Chiang Mai or New City.) Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few decades ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains. Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.


Accommodation is the responsibility of the participants.

The Empress Hotel Chiang Mai offers discounted rates for conference participants, when making a reservation until 31 January 2019. After this date reservation will be subjected to room availability.

The Empress Hotel

  • Superior Single / Twin Occupancy Room – THB 1,600 (night/room)
  • Deluxe Single / Twin Occupancy Room – THB 2,300 (night/room)
  • 800 Extra Bed

The Park Hotel

  • Superior Single / Twin Occupancy Room – THB 1,200 (night/room)
  • 800 Extra Bed

To make a reservation, download the booking form and send it to emprsvn@empresshotels.com

Travel Information

Weather: February-March in Chiang Mai

Visa: Do you need a visa to enter Thailand? Find out here.

Travel Arrangements: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is served with plenty of international and domestic flights. It is also possible to travel by buses from Bangkok and other cities in the region.




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