Whether you’re hosting your high-profile meeting or your laidback networking meet-up we’ve compiled a list of outside-the-box destinations for your next event. No matter where you are in the world, meeting in Thailand just makes perfect sense.
When it comes to meetings and incentives, you can’t go wrong with the 5 MICE cities of Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Khon Kaen. Each of these destinations is a modern metropolis with complete comfort, connectivity and accessibility. But why not explore a little more and see what else Thailand has to offer?
Thailand’s landscape ranges from tropical beaches to mountains and rainforests. Trek through the northern hills of Chiang Rai or discover the vineyards of Khao Yai. Ride horses on the beach in Hua Hin, the Thai Royal Family’s holiday beach home. Koh Samui and Krabi, located on either side of the Gulf of Thailand, offer natural wonders and adventurous activities.
These five captavating cities are ready to welcome visitors with top-notch facilities, skillful service providers, amazing food and beautiful views.
2. Meet at Breathtaking Venues
There are countless stunning venues to uncover at each Thai destination; museums, historic gardens and gourmet restaurants, to name a few.
The Jim Thompson House in Bangkok is a beautiful trip back in time. Explore the teak houses where Thompson himself lived and worked to bring Thailand’s handcrafted silk textiles to the world. Museum Siam provides a window into the soul, culture and history of Thailand. The shady lawn of Museum Siam is also a favorite spot for outdoor events and live music.
Issaya Siamese Club offers a cultural experience in Bangkok, and delicious food to boot. Lounge at the lush garden where renowned chef Ian Kittichai grows his own herbs, which he uses in dishes like Massaman Curry Lamb Shank and Jasmine Flower Flan.
YL Residence in Koh Samui is an elegant venue featuring 10 luxury villas and an inky black infinity pool overlooking the beach. With extraordinary services and views it’s the perfect venue to book out for small and mid-size incentive meetings. The beachfront function area is private and exclusive, while still maintaining the capacity and services for professional meetings. Still looking for a truly unique venue? A private yacht is a great way to explore the beautiful waters around Pattaya or Phuket.
Sustainability has come into focus as a key concern for Thailand leaders and citizens. So it’s no surprise that Thailand’s MICE venues have eagerly adopted sustainable practices. But what makes a venue certifiably sustainable? For starters, the venue must take certain measures to reduce waste, limit energy usage and utilize sustainably produced and recycled products.
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel and The Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre lead the way with full “green” accreditation.
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel is the world’s first ISO 20121 accredited hotel, certified for planning and delivery of sustainable meetings. As part of the program they reduce paper use, focus on recycling and donate excess food to charities.
The ISO 20121-certified Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre actively raises awareness and consciousness of environmental concerns among all employees, reduces waste and uses environmentally friendly materials for all meetings and events.
4. Meet with Energy
Thailand takes team building to a whole new level. The huge range of different activities means there’s something for everyone – from cultural experiences to once in a lifetime adventures.
Thai cooking classes in Bangkok are a must-do for any traveling foodie. Top chefs from all over the globe covet Thai ingredients. So why not get some first-hand experience while you’re here? Teams can cook everything from curries to stir fries, and eat the results.
Thai beaches offer an immense array of activities from kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving to ATV rides through the jungle and ziplining through the rainforest. Koh Samui is one island where you can actually engage in every one of these activities; a beach and a forest all at once.
A trip to Thailand is incomplete without Thai food. The variety of flavors, spices and aromas make Thai food one of the top cuisines in the world. So it’s no surprise that Thai people take their food very seriously.
Authentic Thai food is around every corner, from famous street food stalls to new trends like food trucks and stylish coffee shops; Thai people are all about culinary experiences.
Thai food varies greatly across Thailand’s 76 provinces. Try curried khao soi noodles in the north. Indulge in fresh seafood and spicy curries in the south. Blast your tastebuds with while spicy Som Tum in the northeast.
In whichever Thai city you choose, you’ll have your choice of professional caterers and event organizers. These culinary experts will ensure a dining experience that’s beyond unique. How about recreating the ambiance of a bustling Bangkok street food market at your meeting venue? Or bringing in food trucks to create the atmosphere of an international food festival? Thailand’s culinary masters can assist with any and all cuisine requirements, such as vegetarian or Halal menus.
Now, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is offering a special promotion for any event held in more than one Thai city. “Meet Double Cities” campaign offers support of up to THB100,000 per group.
Check out the “Meet Sustainable” package if you plan to have at least 200 delegates in your group and hold a CSR activity. Be rewarded for exploring more of Thailand! For more information, please click or contact email@example.com.