Banks are open from 8:30 to 15:30 from Monday to Friday. A bank with full banking facilities is located in the front part of the Central Plaza Department stores and Shopping Complex. The main office of the Siam Commercial Bank Plc is located at the SCB Park just a block away from the Sofitel Hotel. Automatic cash dispensers are widely available. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops, restaurants and cafe's.

Child care
Please contact the Congress staff at the Welcome and Registration Desks near the entrance of the Vibhavadee Ballroom on the Lobby level. The Sofitel Central Plaza also has child care services, contact the hotel reception for prior arrangement.

Copy machine and services are available at the Registration area near the entrance of the Vibhavadee Ballroom on the Lobby level. Copy and Print Shops are also located in the Hotel Business center, and in the Central Plaza department stores and Shopping Complex.

Credit cards
All major credit cards are in used in Thailand. At the registration desks, although we would prefer that you pay in cash, you can also use VISA and MASTER card.

Lunch, Lunch Box and Food Selection during the Congress
During the congress, from Saturday 23th May to Friday 29th 2009, Lunch will be served to registered congress participants, accompanying persons, invited guests, congress staff and volunteer students between 12:45 and 14:15. The lunch box will include either Thai or Chinese or Japanese or Western food, or vegetarian selections. All food selections during the congress will be prepared to be compatible with Muslim standard food preparation. The lunch box, soft drinks and drinking water will be distributed in the Luncheon lecture and in the Foyer area of the Vibhavadee Ballroom. Your badge is your lunch ticket.

There are many excellent restaurants inside the Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel including at least 5 choices of cousins, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Italian. The Chatuchak Caf? opens round the clock has excellent multi-national buffet lunch and dinner, as well as small dishes, coffee, teas and bakery. In addition, there are many restaurants, big and small in the food court at the nearby Central Department Store Shopping Complex, just a short walk across the car parking lot from the Mezzanine floor. Information about choices of fine dining and restaurants in and around Bangkok areas will be found in a small booklet together with maps in your congress bag or available at the congress.

Shopping is a pleasure when a major mall is right next door to the Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel, the congress venue. The Central plaza Complex houses one of Central Department Stores, Thailand leading premium retail outlet together with countless boutiques, shops and specialty stores. Open from 10.00 to 21.00. The congress venue is also next to the Chatuchak week-end flea markets, one of the amazing, world famous and largest selections of items and goodies at down to earth prices. Open from 6.00 to 18.00.