Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bangkok Trip - October 2012


For today's entry, I would like to share with you, my experience in Bangkok, Thailand in October last year (2012). I went to Bangkok with UiTM's ISP 2 trip where it is part of our learning method; visit the place that where our project proposal will be based on.

The trip was exciting one since this is my first trip to the country. The most interesting thing is that I've been given opportunity by my lecturers to talk on behalf of the delegation pertaining to the Malaysia's development and construction industry. It is an honour for me since I've been given chance to speak before the host of the event, faculty members of Kasem Bundit University in Bangkok. Alhamdulillah, the talk went smoothly and I was able to finish my talk in 15 minutes time.
Me during the talk

This is PTD style of posing in front of Kasem Bundit University

We were lucky to have opportunity to visit many interesting places around Bangkok. However, the most important thing was we visited our main focus of the trip - which is Binapuri Berhad project somewhere around Bangkok. The visit took place at Binapuri’s site office in Phaholyothin Road, Bangkok. The project is Abstract Condominium with 1,020 units and value about 585 Mil Bath. The delegation was welcomed by Ir. Aruljothy Pahavan, General Manager of Binapuri (Thailand) Limited.

For the purpose of learning, I would like to share with the readers, my personal notes during the visit which in turn to be official report of the visit, been submitted to the FSPU's management.

: Among the lessons learnt that can be taken from this visit are:
i.     1. Venturing into other country is not an easy task compared to venturing in own country  since there is many dissimilarities between Malaysia and other country particularly Thailand. Thus, it is essential for any company to have deep understanding on the target country’s economic performance, political stability and social cultures in order to chart good business plan.
        2. The opportunity for investment especially in construction at Thailand is moderate. However, any company that wish to entry Thailand market needs to have comprehensive business plan that cover every aspect of business criteria, find the right partner as well as embracing the big picture. Hence, they can optimize return on investment and prolong their presence in Thailand.
         3. Any foreign company that has desire to explore and engage Thailand’s construction market need to understand and learn the local culture in terms of working culture, time management as well as relationship between the workers and its subordinates.
         At the end, I believe the visit to Binapuri's project was really beneficial it helps us in preparing our project proposal.

Half day was spent in Safari World Bangkok?
 Eager to try our own ride, me with couple of my friend tested Bangkok MRT in our way back to the hotel from Chatuchak Market. I found that Bangkok MRT is good and efficient. While current network of the MRT is still low, I was told that Thailand government is in the midst of expanding current network in order to serve the broad Bangkok city area catchment.

Thus, I also hope that our government can give a nod as soon as possible for our MRT line 2 (radial line) and line 3 (circle line) as soon as possible as our neighbouring country is aggressively expand their urban rail system network. Little bit my point of view with regards to this topic. I believe the most important thing is integration and coordination between urban transport modes. Since we have LRT (Ampang line and Kelana Jaya line), monorail, komuter, ERL and now MRT as well as the extension of both LRT lines, it is really crucial to ensure the excellent integration between all the transport modes as well as the feeder bus system. Only then, we will have efficient urban transport system.

Me and my friends enjoying our Bangkok MRT ride
I think I should stop here. Some works to do. Assalamualaikum.

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