Wan Khru (วันครู), or Teacher’s Day in Thailand

Today, January 16, is a school holiday for Thailand’s National Teacher’s Day (Wan Kkru, วันครู), not to be confused with the ceremony honoring teachers each year on a Thursday in June known as Wai Khru. Observed since 1957, the date marks the enactment of the Teachers Act, Buddhist Era 2488 which was published in the Government Gazette on January 15, 1945. Most Thai schools, especially … Continue reading Wan Khru (วันครู), or Teacher’s Day in Thailand

Water Transport in Thailand

Thailand has a huge variety of watercraft with boats of all sizes, shapes and colors navigating the Kingdom’s many internal waterways, coastlines, and surrounding seas. As of 2011, there were 2,485 miles (3,999 km) of principal waterways, of which 2300 miles (3,701 km) had navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year. There are numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft, such … Continue reading Water Transport in Thailand

Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

January 13 is observed each year in Thailand as National Aviation Day (Wan Kanbin Haeng Chat — วันการบินแห่งชาติ). This year, 2018, it happens to coincide with another annual celebration — National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) which has been observed on the second Saturday of January since 1965. Unusually, I have not been able to find any information online as to when Thai National Aviation Day was … Continue reading Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

Thailand’s National Day

For many years, December 5 has been marked in Thailand as the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX), with the holiday officially called วันคล้ายวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาพระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช บรมนาถบพิตร (Wan Khlai Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phra Bat Somdet Phra Paramin Maha Phumiphon Adunyadet Borommanat Bophit) in Thai. The date has also been observed as Father’s Day in the Kingdom as King Bhumibol … Continue reading Thailand’s National Day

Siam #1 (1883)

Siam #1 (1883)

Siam (สยาม), or as it was officially called until 1939, the Kingdom of Rattanakosin (อาณาจักรรัตนโกสินทร์ — [āːnāːt͡ɕàk ráttanákōːsǐn) was a country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia with borders defined by its interactions with Western powers, portions of which coincide with the present-day Kingdom of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย — Ratcha-anachak Thai). It was founded in 1782 with the establishment of Bangkok as the … Continue reading Siam #1 (1883)

Thailand #2227a (2006)

Chakri Day / วันจักรี

April 6 is annually celebrated in Thailand as Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakri). Officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’ (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), it marks the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782. One of King Rama’s first acts was to make Bangkok the capital of Siam (modern day Thailand). The Chakri … Continue reading Chakri Day / วันจักรี

Thailand #1221 (1988)

Chulalongkorn Day / วันปิยมหาราช

October 23rd of every year is a national holiday in Thailand as it marks King Chulalongkorn Day or known in Thai as Wan Piya Maharat (วันปิยมหาราช). It is the memorial day of the passing away of Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V. Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House … Continue reading Chulalongkorn Day / วันปิยมหาราช

Bangkok #12 (1883)

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand, known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร). The city occupies 605.7 square miles (1,568.7 square kilometers) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. The city traces … Continue reading Bangkok #12 (1883)