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  • The Embassy will be closed on 30 November and 1 December 2017
  • Opportunity to study postgraduate courses in Thailand: NIDA International Graduate Programs and Training Courses Package for Academic Year 2017
  • Press Releases : The Promotion of Street Food in Bangkok
    Press Releases : The Promotion of Street Food in Bangkok
    As Bangkok has been recently ranked by various organisations and media, particularly the CNN, as the best city for street food, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have committed to promoting this outstanding feature of Bangkok in a sustainable manner, especially in the areas of Yaowarat and Khao San roads. This will ensure good hygiene that complies with internationally accepted standards. The Governor of Bangkok has instructed all related departments to coordinate with other government agencies including the Metropolitan Police Bureau and its Traffic Division to work towards the best and most feasible solutions.
    Some measures that are under consideration by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Government for implementation are as follows:
    1. Street food vendors are to strictly observe the universal hygienic standards when preparing and serving food;
    2. Food stalls should reflect local identities and be of uniform format;
    3. Current street food vendors can continue their businesses as long as they are operating in accordance with measures that aim to make Street Food a clean and sustainable feature of Bangkok;
    4. BMA will organise training programmes for all street food vendors after which certain tests will also be conducted to ensure that they can operate according to BMA’s requirements; and
    5. Particular attention will be paid to dish cleaning and waste management i.e. cleaning dishes on pavements will be strictly prohibited.
    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand are working to ensure that Bangkok continues to offer locals and tourists healthy street food that conforms to universal hygienic standards.
    May 03, 2017
  • Press Releases : Thailand Foundation Announces the Launch of “Street Food Phuket”,“Street Food Chiang Mai Chiang Rai” and “Street Food Bangkok (Chinese Version)” Applications
    Press Releases : Thailand Foundation Announces the Launch of “Street Food Phuket”,“Street Food Chiang Mai Chiang Rai” and “Street Food Bangkok (Chinese Version)” Applications
    On 23 March 2017, Thailand Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today announced the launch of “Street Food Phuket”, “Street Food Chiang Mai Chiang Rai”, and the Chinese version of “Street Food Bangkok” applications introducing locally recommended places to eat around Thailand to savvy travelers looking for authentic culinary experiences.
    A gastronomical dream, Thailand is undoubtedly among the world’s top destinations for street food. Street food is a part of the Thai way of life and are found everywhere in the country offering food at any time of the day, ranging from meals, snacks and desserts. Realizing the potential of street food in promoting culinary tourism, Thailand Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed a series of “Street Food” applications, which bring to light local culinary hidden gems. Starting with the English version of “Street Food Bangkok” in 2015, the series has now been updated with a Chinese version and expanded to other destinations including “Street Food Chiang Mai Chiang Rai” and “Street Food Phuket”.
    In line with the Thailand 4.0 policy, the applications provide innovative tools to technology-savvy modern-day travelers who seek real travel experiences to explore locally recommended eateries in destination cities around Thailand. Available now in English and Chinese languages, and on both iOS and Android operating systems, the applications are designed to be user-friendly offering an easy browse through a variety of local dishes, locally recommended menus, and an in-app navigating system for selected stalls / shops.
    What is special about “Street Food Phuket”? – Featuring local favorite street food vendors and stalls, “Street Food Phuket” application also introduces local cuisine and specialties of this world-famous island destination. Through this application, you would experience a variety of specialties, ranging from Hokkien-influenced dishes to the island’s favorite fresh seafood grilled for your preferred appetite, found at street vendors, local shops or night markets in Phuket.
    Thailand Foundation is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 2007 with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Recognizing present global trends and the increasingly important role of public diplomacy, the Foundation aims to promote better understanding and reinforce a positive image of Thailand among the international community through arts, culture as well as other related educational activities and programs. For more information please contact: tel. 02-203-5000 ext. 22964-5, fax. 02-643-5088, E-mail: foundationthai@gmail.com or visit www.thailandfoundation.net.
    Mar 24, 2017
  • Highlights of Progress: Thailand's commitment to combating IUU fishing
  • Top Stories : The Invitation for the Ascension of the Heir to the Throne
    Top Stories : The Invitation for the Ascension of the Heir to the Throne
    Announcement by the National Legislative Assembly on the Invitation for the Ascension of the Heir to the Throne
    Phra Bat Somdetch Phra Paramindra Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahitala Dhibesra Rama Dhibodi Chakri Naribodindra Sayamindra Dhiraj Barommanath Bobitra passed away at 15.52 hours on 13 October 2016. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E. 2557 (2014), Section 2, paragraph two, and the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 (2007), Section 23, paragraph one, stipulates that in the case where the Throne becomes vacant and the King has already appointed His Heir to the Throne under the Palace Law on Succession, B.E. 2467 (1924), the Council of Ministers shall notify the President of the National Assembly. The President of the National Assembly shall convoke the National Assembly for the acknowledgement thereof, and the President of the National Assembly shall invite such Heir to ascend the Throne and proclaim such Heir King.
    Phra Bat Somdetch Phra Paramindra Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahitala Dhibesra Rama Dhibodi Chakri Naribodindra Sayamindra Dhiraj Barommanath Bobitra appointed His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn His Heir to the Throne on 28 December B.E. 2515 (1972) in accordance with the Palace Law on Succession B.E. 2467 (1924).
    The National Legislative Assembly, acting as the National Assembly in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E. 2557 (2014), learned with the deepest sorrow of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The National Legislative Assembly convened a meeting on 29 November 2016 to acknowledge the appointment of the Heir to the Throne, and the President of the National Legislative Assembly, acting as the President of the National Assembly, formally invited His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the Throne in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E. 2557 (2014), Section 2, paragraph two, and the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 (2007), Section 23, paragraph one.
    I wish to announce that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has succeeded the Throne since 13 October 2016 onwards.
    Announced on 1 December B.E. 2559 (2016)
    (Mr. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai)
    President of the National Legislative Assembly
    Acting as the President of the National Assembly
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    Statement by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha,
    Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
    on 1 December 2016
    Dear fellow Thais,
    The Government wishes to announce to the Thai people in the Kingdom and abroad that Thailand now has a new King. In a ceremony held at the Amphon Satharn Villa, Dusit Palace, the President of the National Legislative Assembly, acting as the President of the National Assembly, has invited the Heir to the Throne to ascend. The historic ceremony was witnessed by the Regent pro tempore, the Prime Minister, and the President of the Supreme Court. The Heir to the Throne graciously accepted the invitation. Later, the announcement was made by the National Legislative Assembly to inform the general public. These proceedings were carried out in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Palace Law on Succession, and ancient royal traditions, and out of respect for the wishes of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who initially stated that during the period when His Royal Highness and the people were in the deepest sorrow with the passing of His Majesty the late King, one should not yet proceed with the matter of ascension to the throne. He deemed it appropriate to allow a period of time for the people to pay their respects to the late King. Now with the holding of the royal merit-making ceremony to mark 50 days after the passing of the late King, and with more than one million people having thus far been allowed to pay their respects to the late King, royal permission has been sought to proceed in accordance with the law.
    In accordance with ancient royal traditions and laws, as well as international traditions that a kingdom should not be without a monarch on the throne, the commencement of the new reign is therefore effective as of 13 October 2016.
    Now, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been the Heir to the Throne for 44 years, since 1972, has ascended as His Majesty King Rama X of the Royal House of Chakri. He is accorded full royal prerogatives as stipulated by the Constitution. With regard to the next process for the “Royal Coronation Ceremony” to be conducted in accordance with ancient royal traditions, the process would be at His discretion. His Majesty the King has decided that the ceremony should be carried out after the end of the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
    Dear fellow Thais,
    The royal approach for sustainable development, or the principles that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, the Royal Father, laid throughout the 70 years of His reign, will serve as a strong foundation. When this is combined with the faith and pledge of allegiance that the people of Siam have wholeheartedly expressed since 13 October 2016 and formally reaffirmed on the morning of 22 November that they would perform good deeds for the Royal Father, would remember His teachings, forever be humble subjects of the late King, and pledged to live up to His aspirations to think well, speak well, do well, be honest, uphold unity, and live modestly, the Government believes that all these good deeds will be comparable to a solid bastion on firm foundation. Importantly, with the wisdom and leadership of His Majesty the new King, everything will proceed smoothly amidst our pure perseverance.
    His Majesty the new King is the Heir to the Throne who was trusted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and accompanied the late King to work in various areas for more than 44 years. Now, He has become Head of State and the pillar of the whole Thai nation, succeeding His Royal Father. He has followed the footsteps of His Royal Parents – His Majesty King Rama IX and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who have fully and completely performed Their duties. Although we all know that to be parted from the person we love and respect is suffering, although the loss and sadness are an undeniable crisis, we should turn this crisis into an opportunity and turn grief into the strength of the land. Although the late King who was the strength of the land is no longer with us physically to protect us, the strength of the land will prevail, with the power of faith and confidence in the royal aspirations and approach of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His Majesty the new King, the beloved son of the late King, will carry forward His leadership and legacy.
    Dear fellow Thais,
    May all of us unite in thought and may the might of past monarchs, such as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is recognized as the “Development King”, provide protection for His Majesty the new King as the heart and soul of the Thai people and the Thai nation. And may Thailand be able to develop successfully, bringing about prosperity, peace, unity and harmony in response to the royal aspirations, under a democratic administration with the King as Head of State. Long may He reign.
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    Announcement on the Royal Title of His Majesty the King
    His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has graciously given a Royal Command for the announcement to be made that: whereas the President of the National Legislative Assembly made the announcement on 1 December B.E. 2559 (2016) that as the Heir to the Throne has already been appointed by His Majesty the Late King under the Palace Law on Succession, B.E. 2467 (1924), the National Legislative Assembly has been convoked for the acknowledgement thereof and then formally invited the Heir to the Throne to ascend. It can now be officially announced that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has ascended as His Majesty the King.
    It is His Majesty the King's wish that while His Royal Title is yet to be dedicated by the people at the Royal Coronation Ceremony to be held in the future according to royal traditions, it would be appropriate to assume a temporary Royal Title for the convenience of making references to His Majesty. The temporary Royal Title shall be
    His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
    Announced on 1 December B.E. 2559 (2016), the first year of the current reign
    By His Majesty’s Command
    General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)
    Prime Minister
    Dec 08, 2016
  • The Royal Rainmaking
    The Royal Rainmaking
    The Royal Rainmaking
    Water scarcity is one of the most pressing issues facing our world today. The United Nations estimates that more than 40 percent of the global population live in conditions where there is shortage of water. In most of the agrarian countries where agriculture represents a significant source of GDP, the need for water consumption in the sector has inflated to more than 80 percent of the overall demand.
    In Thailand, farming activities take up almost 70 percent of total land use. This requires a high amount of water supply, mostly for the agro-industrial sector. The result is a sporadic dry spell throughout the country. Coupled with high levels of deforestation over decades, the lack of rainfall intensifies aridity, especially during the dry season.
    Having shown interest in science and technology at a young age before enrolling in the Faculty of Science at the University of Lausanne, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej employed his knowledge based on his vision to improve the living conditions of the people, especially for disadvantaged farmers who continue to suffer from shortages of water. In 1955, during a visit to the most remote areas in Thailand's northeastern provinces, His Majesty observed how weather conditions were cloudy, yet not producing any precipitation. The incident marked the beginning of artificial rain making, acknowledged by Thais as the ‘Royal Rainmaking Project’. His Majesty had realised the feasibility of this project after conducting a series of relevant research on meteorology and weather modification.
    The first experiment was conducted on 1 July 1969 under the supervision of His Majesty, with Mom Rajawongse (M.R.) Debariddhi Devakula, an expert in agricultural engineering, as an assistant. With the initial result being a success, in 2003 His Majesty was granted a patent from the European Patent Office for weather modification through the Royal Rainmaking technology.
    Ever since the invention was introduced, it has gone through a series of transformations, enabling transfers of technological expertise and attracting cooperation from different actors with a common hope to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the artificial rainmaking process. In doing so, the following steps are employed: ‘agitating’ to activate cloud formation by using weather modification techniques; ‘fattening’ to activate the accumulation of cloud droplets, and lastly ‘attacking’ to initiate rainfall from the cloud.
    The project later evolved into the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The establishment manifests the technology's success and practicality in alleviating the water resource management crisis in Thailand. In addition to this, the project serves as a basis for providing technical cooperation to countries with the same desire to combat droughts and improve water management.
    The success of artificial rainmaking drew global attention and brought in requests for knowledge sharing from several Asian countries. The calling has been pronounced as far as the Middle East, where farmers suffer from arid climates and extremely long periods of dry season. Jordan, experiencing a range of 20-200 millimetres of rain annually, has so far been the only country eligible for the operation due to its uniquely disadvantaged geography and climate conditions. The operation is expected to ease the side impact of climate change suffered by the country, which causes a decrease in precipitation from 15 to 60 percent per year.
    Since its birth in 1969, the Royal Rainmaking project continues to alleviate drought problem in Thailand's rural area enabling farmers to harvest without disruption. The Royal Rainmaking Project was made possible through His Majesty’s persistent efforts, talent, skill and most importantly, a sincere and genuine regard for his people and country.
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    Nov 14, 2016
  • King Bhumibol Adulyadej- Thailand's International Monarch
    King Bhumibol Adulyadej- Thailand's International Monarch
    His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was revered as the “father of the nation” among Thailand’s 67 million people, passed away 13 October, 2016.
    The late Monarch was beloved among all his subjects – homes and businesses throughout the kingdom displayed His Majesty’s portrait in an honorable, prominent position, illustrating the people’s love for their king, who reigned for 70 years (1946 – 2016).
    His Majesty King Bhumibol – the ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty – will be remembered as the Monarch who worked hardest to improve the livelihoods of all Thai citizens, through his comprehensive understanding of their living conditions. This earned His Majesty the well-deserved title of “father of the nation” from his people.
    Nov 14, 2016
  • Postponement of Thai National Day Reception
  • Announcement by the Royal Bureau of the Royal Household on The Passing Away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Unofficial Translation)