Bangalore Fashion Week - Bangkok Edition
Bangalore Fashion Week - World Tour, Bangkok Edition (22nd to 24th March 2013)

About Bangkok, Thailand

The Bangkok Chapter of the Bangalore Fashion Week – World Tour is a quantum leap forward for Indian Fashion.

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and the most populous city in the country. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand's other urban centers in terms of importance.

The Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s led many multinational corporations to locate their regional headquarters in Bangkok. The city is now a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and is emerging as a regional center for the arts, fashion and entertainment. The city's vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its notorious red-light districts, have given it an exotic appeal.

Bangkok is among the world's top tourist destinations. It is ranked third after London and Paris in MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index, and has been named "World's Best City" for three consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Bangkok's India Connect

An estimated 1,70,000 of the city's 10-plus million residents of Bangkok have roots in modern India, making their presence amply felt in Bangkok's Varied Industries. It's a little-known Indian Diaspora community but largely influential.

Bangkok, an international fashion paradise, is warming up to Indian Fashion. Increasing number of Indians as well as foreign expats are taking keen interest in Indian Designs. Contrary to popular belief, contemporary Indian artists in Bangkok are actually more popular among Thais and foreigners than ethnic Indian youth.

While every major retail brand has made its presence felt here, Bangkok is marred by the absence of Designer Labels. Indian Fashion and Designers are fancied by the large Indian Diaspora and Foreign Expats with increasing number of people welcoming the thought of Thailand as an ideal destination for weddings.

The Embassy reports show that Indian Labels have grown on the Indians in Thailand, so much, that they fly down to India to make their purchases. Encouraged by a string of well-received collections in recent seasons and positive feedback from the sales floor, Indian Designers affirm that "East is the new West." Bangkok holds tremendous potential and promise for Indian Designers. In its tryst to promote Indian Fashion the world over, Dream Merchants has identified the city of Bangkok as an ideal destination for Indian Designer Labels to set shop.

Visa on Arrival

The VISA ON ARRIVAL allows passport holders of 19* countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet these requirements:

  1. The visit is strictly for tourism purposes.
  2. They must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are flying out of Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry, as appropriate. Open tickets do not qualify. Travelling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.
    You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show you will be exiting Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry you will be most likely to be refused entry.
  3. It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 20,000 THB per person during your stay in Thailand. A nominal fee of around 1,000 THB is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice.

    However, persons who are not eligible to enter Thailand under the VISA ON ARRIVAL and VISA EXEMPTION RULE are advised to obtain visas with the Royal Thai Embassy prior to their visit.

*19 Countries eligible to enter Thailand under the VISA ON ARRIVAL rule:

  1. Bhutan
  2. China
  3. Cyprus
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Estonia
  6. Hungary
  7. India
  8. Kazakhstan
  9. Latvia
  10. Liechtenstein
  11. Lithuania
  12. Maldives
  13. Mauritius
  14. Poland
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Slovakia
  17. Slovenia
  18. Taiwan
  19. Ukraine

*48 Countries allowed to enter Thailand under the VISA EXEMPTION RULE:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belgium
  6. Brazil
  7. Brunei
  8. Canada
  9. Chile
  10. Denmark
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Iceland
  17. Indonesia
  18. Ireland
  19. Israel
  20. Italy
  21. Japan
  22. Korea
  23. Kuwait
  24. Laos
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Macau
  27. Malaysia
  28. Monaco
  29. Mongolia
  30. Netherlands
  31. New Zealand
  32. Norway
  33. Oman
  34. Peru
  35. Philippines
  36. Portugal
  37. Qatar
  38. Russia
  39. Singapore
  40. South Africa
  41. Spain
  42. Sweden
  43. Switzerland
  44. Turkey
  45. United Arab Emirates
  46. United Kingdom
  47. United States
  48. Vietnam