November 2018 | 5th Issue
Hotel Reservation is Now Open
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Hotel Reservation Now Open
Scientific Program Highlight
APAO On Demand
Entry Requirements
Thailand Attraction: Phuket

   Hotel Reservation Now Open

Hotel reservation is now open for the 34th APAO Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Located 10 minutes away from the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), the Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park Hotel and Modena by Fraser Bangkok Hotel are the official hotels of the 2019 APAO Congress.

To cater to individual needs-, our Congress organizers have also secured competitive rates for delegates at selectedhotels near the Congress venue.

Further details of selected hotels and reservation procedures can be found on the Congress website. Paid delegates are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms via our online Congress system at their early convenience.

   Scientific Program Highlight

Led by our Scientific Program Advisors and Committee Members, the planning of the Scientific Program for the 34th APAO Congress is well underway.

One of the many unique sessions includes the Ophthalmic Premier League Video Symposium. Featuring four teams (PC Rupture, Glued IOL/Yamane, Cornea/Iris, Devices) of experts from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, U.S.A., etc., the symposium will discuss various cataract complications and their managements through surgical videos.

Make sure you don’t miss this world-class line-up from the Asia-Pacific and around the world!

   APAO On Demand

Want to catch up on scientific presentations from the APAO 2018 Congress in Hong Kong? Check out the newly launched APAO On Demand video platform.  

Currently, the platform showcases a variety of video presentations from the APAO Congress. In future, additional videos from past and subsequent Congresses will be added, including APAO 2019 in Bangkok.

To access the videos, first register for a free account. Then you’ll be able to preview 8 seconds of each video for free. To view an entire video, payment of US$8 is required. Or, choose from several pricing packages to purchase 25 videos or more, beginning at US$150. After purchase, videos can be viewed for 1 year.  

Sign up today to explore the new APAO On Demand video library!

   Entry Requirements

Visitors to Thailand must have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity, and a valid visa issued by a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.

For some nationalities, a visa is not required, or can apply for a visa on arrival. Please visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand at  http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15405-General-information.html for the full list of countries and other detailed information.

   Thailand Attraction: Phuket

Phuket, one of the country’s top travel destinations, is located in Southern Thailand. It is the largest island in Thailand and the best time to travel is from December to April.

Phuket is surrounded by many beautiful tropical beaches such as Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. At the very south, the Promthep Cape Viewpoint is said to be the best spot for enjoying the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand. More than just the beaches, there is still plenty to explore on the island, including the museums, aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.

Once regarded as an important trade route between China and India, Phuket is also a place where different cultures, traditions, and religions meet. Particularly in Phuket’s Old Town, there are fusions of different cuisines and architectures that you would not want to miss.



   APAO Secretariat


APAO Headquarters
c/o APAO Office, State Key Laboratory (Ophthalmology)
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
1/F, No. 7 Jinsui Road,
Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490