Thailand’s War Against Britain & the United States

On January 25, 1942, the government of Thailand formally declared war on the United States of America and Great Britain. The nation had officially adopted a position of neutrality until it was invaded by the Empire of Japan in December 1941 which led to an armistice and, later, the military alliance treaty between Thailand and the Japanese. At the start of the Pacific War, the … Continue reading Thailand’s War Against Britain & the United States

Chulalongkorn Day 2018 / 2561 วันปิยมหาราช

Today — October 23 — is the national holiday of Wan Piya Maharat (วันปิยมหาราช) or Chulalongkorn Day. It marks the anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn, known in the West as King Rama V, the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. His full name as king was Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) but … Continue reading Chulalongkorn Day 2018 / 2561 วันปิยมหาราช

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)

Taksin the Great and the Heroes of Bang Rachan

On December 28, 1767, Taksin the Great (สมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช —  Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Maha Rat) or the King of Thonburi (สมเด็จพระเจ้ากรุงธนบุรี —  Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri) began his reign as the only King of the Thonburi Kingdom. He was a leader in the liberation of Siam from Burmese occupation after the Second Fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, and the subsequent unification of Siam after it fell … Continue reading Taksin the Great and the Heroes of Bang Rachan

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

October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

Since 1981, the month of October has been celebrated as National Stamp Collecting Month in the United States and Canada. November is National Stamp Collecting Month in the Philippines. I began collecting stamps around the age of nine years old; counting a few breaks for other pursuits (girls, music, travel to name but three), I estimate that I have been involved in the hobby for a … Continue reading October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

Happy 100th Birthday, Thai Tricolor Flag

On September 28, 1917, the Rattanakosin Kingdom (popularly known then as Siam and renamed Thailand in 1939), adopted the current national flag consisting of shows five horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, blue, white and red, with the central blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. In Thai, the flag is called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), meaning “tricolor flag”. Beginning in … Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday, Thai Tricolor Flag

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)