​​I am also thinking to bid for Kish Island in Iran for 2020. or 2019, so
keep your finger crossed for us :)
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Mardetanha

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 12:57 PM, cs <c...@edubkk.org> wrote:

> There are very few  countries that need a visa for visiting Thailand for
> up to 15 days and the nationals of most Western countries can stay for 30.
> This is a simple stamp in the passport on arrival although if you just got
> off a A380 it might take you 10 minutes queuing at the immigration desks.
> Members of ASEAN countries have even greater benefits (a bit like EU
> borders - oops! Should I have said that?)
>
> Ultra modern mass rapid transport (overhead and subway trains) make
> transfer from the airport to the centre of downtown a doddle and extremely
> uncomplicated at not more than 20 minutes and just over a dollar or two for
> a ride; a taxi costs only 10 dollars so 4 sharing is even cheaper than the
> railway or the bus.
> Signage everywhere in Thailand is in English, even in the tiniest rural
> villages. Plenty of facilities everywhere for people of reduced mobility
> (ramps everywhere for wheelchairs, special toilets, etc.). Most people
> under 30 can speak enough English to point you in the wrong direction.
>
> Despite the silly reports in the Lonely Planet, BKK is
> an extraordinarily safe city, no mugging, and hardly any pickpocketing.
> Most petty crime is done by the foreign tourists themselves.
>
> Transport  in town by proper air conditioned taxis or the touristy
> tuk-tuks (motorcycle rickshaws for the more adventurous) costs only 2 - 4
> dollars for a ride that in a black cab in London would cost over 20 quid.
>
> Road traffic in the city is dense, but not as bad as central Berlin,
> London, Manhattan, Paris, or Marseille. In fact I don’t mind driving around
> it at all. Helps to know where you are going though (but I do, and I know
> the shortcuts through the back alleys).
>
> Unlike DC, Hong Kong, or Esino, a compact venue with a very short walking
> distance to/from accommodation and reasonable eating places is absolutely
> no problem. Everything is flat and there are no hills (no collapsing in the
> street from asthma attacks like on the steep slopes in the rare air of
> Esino Lario) Something like the government Chulalongkorn University 
> (Thailand’s
> Oxbridge) campus is right  in the middle of town and there are budget
> hotels up every alley.
>
> For those who feel they must  exploit the conference  for some sight
> seeing, BKK is a hugely fascinating city. Even has what I believe is the
> world’s largest shopping mall (Panthip Plaza) dedicated entirely to  IT.
> Fast river and canal boat-busses also provide a dense transportation
> network in and around the city and suburbs (only 20 mins from the
> backpacker ghetto (rooms from 4 quid a night) in Banglamphu district to
>  Siam Square, the downtown epicentre.
>
> Tourism speech over.
>
> Kudpung
>
> On 17Oct, 2016, at 15:15, WereSpielChequers <werespielchequ...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Hi Chris,
>
> That sounds like a really good option for 2018 or later, especially when
> you consider how open Thailand is for visitors.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand
>
> Also it would be the first Wikimania in the far East for five years.
>
> If Bangkok traffic is as bad as its reputation,  would it be possible to
> get a compact venue with food accommodation and conference all in walking
> distance?
>
> WSC
>
> On 17 October 2016 at 07:33, cs <c...@edubkk.org> wrote:
>
>> I am seriously interested in organising a Wikimania in Bangkok.
>> The Thai Wiki does not have a functional chapter, but there is a user
>> group chaired by a professor at Thailand’s major Medical College, and we
>> have collaborated on various projects.
>> With our combined knowledge we could get a team together fofr 2018 0r
>> 2019 probably 2019 would be best. .
>> I have experience in event management. Taweetham has lived and studiedfor
>> his PhD in Australia and has attended several Wikimanias. I have lived in
>> Thailand for nearly 20 years and was a professor at a government university
>> in Bangkok for several years.
>>
>> Bangkok has an ideal geo location, it’s a very modern city with excellent
>> transport and communications infrastructures.  (two large interation
>> airports only 20 mins from the city centre; highly developed urban rapid
>> mass transport systems; first class Internet).
>>
>> Food, accommodation, and other facilities for visitors cost roughly one
>> sixth of those in Western (USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,) or Westernised
>> economies (HK, Singapore, etc).
>>
>> Chris
>> (Kudpung)
>>
>> On 17Oct, 2016, at 07:24, Ellie Young <eyo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>
>> This is a follow-up to a posting to this list by the Wikimania Committee
>> in July soliciting proposals for people who might be interested in hosting
>> a future Wikimania (especially 2018 and 2019), as follows:
>>
>> ​"​
>> We are now looking for proposals of teams and locations. This is not a
>> ​ ​
>> bidding process; we are keen for this to be a light-weight, simple
>> request for suggestions. You don’t need to have a venue locked down,
>> contracts drafted or sponsors lined up. You can have a quick look at the
>> “judging criteria” which were used for 2016,[2] but the key part is
>> commitment. In deciding where to hold conferences, we have to take into
>> account additional factors about potential sites such as cost,
>> ​ ​
>> accessibility, and security. ​
>> ​"​
>>
>> I will be following up with various people who have expressed interest in
>> the coming week.  If anyone  else is interested in discussing the
>> possibilities (the team/prospective host need not be tied to a particular
>> venue), please get in touch with me directly by October 30, 2016.    We
>> will be working with the WM
>> ​F ​
>> in the coming months in finalizing a venue/team for 2018, and we also
>> want to get an early start at identifying potentials for the following
>> year.​
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>>
>> Ellie Young
>>
>> WMF Events Manager
>>
>> eyo...@wikimedia.org
>>
>> ​
>>
>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_judging_criteria
>> ​
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