In addition to the exciting academic program, we are also preparing special events to give participants opportunities to socialize. Please let us know which events you would like to participate in when you register for the conference.
- Welcome reception
Participants are invited to the welcome reception to be held at the end of the first day, May 29, 2013. This is an opportunity to get to know other participants over fresh drinks and delicious snacks.
- Conference banquet
A trip to Thailand is not complete without experiencing savory Thai cuisine. The SEALS traditional conference banquet will be held on the second day, May 30. Come and enjoy the evening with new friends, and catch up with old ones.
- SEALS escapade
For those who would like to spend time with your SEALS colleagues in a more relaxing setting, there will be an overnight excursion to Hua Hin, a beach resort town less than three hours from Bangkok. Our highlights include a floating market, hill-top palace, temples, and of course the beach. Limited seats are available person on a first-come-first-serve basis at 1,500 baht per person (not including accommodation). We will leave from Bangkok on June 1 in the morning and come back on June 2 around 5pm. Those who will be flying out on June 2, please allow at least four hours for transfer and check-in.
** Only 15 seats left. Participants wishing to join the excursion, please register by April 30, 2013.
• Tha Kha Floating Market
Located in Samut Songkhram Province, Tha Kha floating Market is less touristy or crowded than the better known Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa markets. Tha Kha market is open only on weekends and specific dates of the lunar month. Here you can shop for local food and goods, or simply walk around and enjoy the bustle.
• Thai Song Dam Cultural Center at Khao Yoi
The Thai Song Dam or “Black Tai” are an ethnic group originating in northwestern Vietnam. Their migration to present-day Thailand began in the 18th century. Black Tai communities at Khao Yoi in Phetchaburi Province still preserve their distinctive cultural identity, which is nicely captured by the exhibitions and cultural activities at this cultural center.
• Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Phra Nakhon Khiri is a palace complex located on a hill in Phetchaburi Province. The complex was built in European and Chinese styles by the command of King Rama IV in 1859, and is one of western Thailand’s must-see locations.
• Phetchaburi Town
Phetchaburi is famous for its art and craftsmanship, and forms its own school within Thai traditional art known as the “Phetchaburi (or Mueang Phet) school.”Some of the temples in town date back to the middle Ayutthaya period.
• Hua Hin
Hua Hin has long been known as a famous resort and beach town. Participants will spend a night here, with opportunities to enjoy the sea as well as the Hua Hin night market.