Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Locating at the heart of Thailand, Bangkok prospers as the political, economic and cultural center of the country for more than two centuries. It also serves as a gateway to other major cities in Southeast Asia, as Thailand is one of the founding members of ASEAN and has been instrumental to the formation and development of ASEA Free Trade Area (AFTA), and Greater Mekong Sub-region,where newly emerging markets offer great business potential.

As a business hub with abundant opportunities brought about by various business activities carried out by a number of world-class enterprises, Bangkok is not only enhancing capacity to become an investment center in Asia – Pacific Region, but also attempting to improve and modernize transportation and facilities, as well as upgraded communications and IT networks in order to ensure the optimum business and living conditions of the residents. For instance, currently, two lines of the BTS Skytrain are in operational and the expansion plan of additional lines is now in process. This will certainly have a positive effect on the traffic in Bangkok during rush hours.

Having reputation throughout the world for its gracious hospitality, the friendliness of Thai people and the diverse nature of Thai culture make visitors feel at home in Bangkok,where the modernity and cultural heritage meet. The country’s form of government, constitutional monarchy, plentiful of skilled and cost-effective work force also contribute to the promotion of foreign investors and tourists.

On behalf of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, I would like to express my heartiest welcome to you in Bangkok, or some may know as the City of Angels, to explore many treasures that we have to offer and wish you every success.

Mr. Apirak Kosayodhin
Governor of Bangkok

Content

Prefaces

Apirak Kosayodhin
Governor of Bangkok
Dr. Tarisa Watanagase
Governor of The Bank of Thailand
Pramon Sutivong
Chairman Board of Trade of Thailand

Colourful City of Angels
A City Presents Itself

Phornsiri Manoham
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Paying Homage to His Majesty the King: The Supreme Patron of Thai Cultural Heritage

Arak Sunghitakul
Director-General of Fine Arts Department
Ministry of Culture Thai Banknotes
Chirathep Senivongs
Bank of Thailand

The Commercial Location Bangkok
Rachane Potjanasantorn
Director-General of the Department of
Export Promotion (DEP)

Statements

Advanced Info Service
Public Company Limited

Vikrom Sripratak
Chief Executive Officer

Thailand’s Retail Industry
Tos Chirathivat
CEO Central Retail Corporation Ltd.

Banking and Financial Industry
Dr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul
President of KASIKORNBANK

Message from the President & CEO
Wolfgang Huppenbauer
President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Limited

Energy
Prasert Bunsumpun
Chief Executive Officer and President
PTT Public Company Limited

Message from the President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited
Apinan Sumanaseni
Flg. Off.

A Metropolis with a Hub – New Bangkok International Airport Suvarnabhumi

Bangkok – a World Destination
Natwut Amornviviat
President, TCEB

Thai Educational System and the Current Educational Reforms
Dr. Somyos Lorwatanapongsa
Redeemer International School Thailand

Excellent Quality of Life – Leisure Time and Recreation
Phornsiri Manoham
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Sporting Bangkok
Phornsiri Manoham
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Horses and Sports
Harald Link
Managing Partner of B. Grimm & Co. R.O.P.

Appendix
Sponsoring companies
Photographers