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E-Leader Conference Thailand 2008

Casa Visit BANGKOK - "City of Angels"
Casa Present a paper / papers for promotion / tenure
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Every Year CASA organizes a Leadership Conference in East Asia. Last Year CASA explored Hong Kong, the"City of lights" and this year CASA Board members voted for the "City of Angels".

Bangkok is the commercial center of Thailand, as well as Southeast Asia, for imports and exports.  Bangkok is a port which makes it accessible for trade by air, boat or train, this makes its atmosphere excellent for the trade environment.

City of Angels offers Temples, the riverside and superb Thai food, while taking the Skytrain to the centre of the city.

Click to see the Map of Downtown Bangkok


Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan, Bangkok Thailand
Worawihan Temple

Located on Mahachai Road, the temple was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846.  Loha Prasat,the temples main attraction, standing 36 metres high with 37 surrounding spires, is the only one of its kind left in the world.   Next to the temple is the area for welcoming an important foreign guest and a memorial statue of King Rama III.

MBK Shopping Center, Bangkok
MBK Shopping Center

Maboonkrong Shopping Center, Bangkok or you can call MBK Center, an enormous 8-storey marble mall opened in 1985, is one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia. The center provides over 2,000 stores and services, over 150 eating establishments and a large cinema city. Shopping here, you’ll find a variety of negotiable products including clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, information technology products, furniture, restaurants, supermarket, theaters, karaoke and 4-storey department store (Tokyu).

Pantip IT Mall, Bangkok
Pantip IT Mall

Bangkok’s biggest shopping area is definitely Siam Square. The best way to reach it is by the BTS skytrain and the station is also called Siam Square. There is another famous shopping center that is a 5 minute motorcycle ride away from Siam Square. It is called Pantip Plaza and it’s not the amount of fashion products on offer or a stylish new building that attracts people but it is the fact that Pantip Plaza specializes on everything connected to computers and technology products.

Grand Palace, Bangkok
Grand Palace

The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of The Thai Royal Family. In the present time, The Royal Family resides at Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes.

Emerald Buddha, Bangkok Thailand
Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn or Phra Kaeo Morakot): This is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD. King Rama I brought it from Vientiane , and it is considered to be the most important Buddha image in the country.

China Town, Bangkok
China Town

The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres in length. It was built during the reign of King Rama V. On each side of the road, there is a network of streets and alleys lined with shops selling all sorts of things. In many of these streets, you'll find shops side by side selling the same items.

Pratunam Market, Bangkok
Pratunam Market

Pratunam is the location for Thailand's tallest building, the Baiyok Tower. This is the major wholesale center for the garment trade. It is very popular with minor and major international traders, particularly those from Africa

Thai Boxing, Bangkok Thailand
Thai Boxing

Most famous sport Thai kick boxing is a very exciting spectator sport. The agility of the contestants is simply amazing. In Thailand we call it Muay Thai. Its popularity has spread world wide and many young foreign men come to Thailand to train under Thai coaches. Some of these have gone on to become world champions.

Sky Train, Bangkok
Sky Train

The BTS Skytrain is the safest, most comfortable and convenient way to get around Bangkok. In service since December 5, 1999, it has transformed the face of public transportation in the Thai capital, for the first time offering both residents and visitors a comfortable ride through central Bangkok - lifting commuters above the chronic congestion, noise and pollution of the streets below.

Pantip IT Mall, Bangkok
Vimanmek Palace

This is the world's largest golden teak building located in the compound of the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road. The three-storey royal mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing fin de siecle royal memorabilia.   A guided tour in English is provided to visitors.
Other beautiful buildings in the same compound display various items and art objects; for example, H.M. King Bhumibols photography, H.M. Queen Sirikits collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, old clocks, ancient cloth, and royal carriages.


Khaosan Road, Bangkok Thailand
Khaosan Road

Khao San Road is a favorite crossroads for the young travelers on a budget. It has evolved over the last two decades from just one small hostel providing low-budget accommodation become one of the worlds most well-known destinations. It has been featured in many movies and television documentaries.

During the day, Khao San Road is the scene for back-packers looking for a cheap room while others are arranging transport to their next destination in Thailand or overseas. Some will be just chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or a bowl of noodles.


Jim Thompson House, Bangkok Thailand
Jim Thompson

This exquisite collection of traditional Thai house stands as a museum to the man who revived the Thai silk industry after the Second World War.

The story of James H.W. Thompson is one upon legends are made. After serving in the U.S.A. armed forces, Jim Thompson settled in Thailand and found the tremendous opportunity to re-establish the Thai silk industry. In recognition of his services to the country, he was bestowed the royal award of The Order of the White Elephant.

The company he founded, Jim Thompson Thai Silk, is recognized worldwide for its brilliant creations.

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