I agree Bangkok would be great for the next Asia Wikimania.
Given costs, if necessary, it would be easy to bring in additional
volunteers from nearby countries to form a larger 'local' committee to
help planning everything.
> (only 20 mins from the backpacker ghetto (rooms from 4 quid a night)
There are also lots of really nice places to stay across Bangkok, and
very reasonable accom for USD $10 per night, and *nice* accom for USD
The main thing to be wary of is arriving at the Don Mueang
International Airport, which is not connected to good local transport.
It isnt worth saving $50 on a lower-cost flight to arrive here as
opposed to the new Suvarnabhumi Airport.
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:27 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
> Tourism speech over.
> On 17Oct, 2016, at 15:15, WereSpielChequers <werespielchequ...@gmail.com>
> Hi Chris,
> That sounds like a really good option for 2018 or later, especially when you
> consider how open Thailand is for visitors.
> 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
> 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).
>> 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, 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
>> 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
>>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_judging_criteria
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