The Siam Society under Royal Patronage was founded in 1904 in cooperation with Thai and foreign scholars to promote knowledge of Thailand and its surrounding region.

The Society premises on Asoke Montri Road in Bangkok house a library that has a unique collection including manuscripts and rare books. The Kamthieng House, a precious example of northern Thai architecture, houses a folk museum. Study trips are made to historical sites, cultural events, and nature sites in all corners of Thailand and overseas. Lectures are organized several times a month on a wide range of topics. The Journal of the Siam Society and the Natural History Bulletin are published annually and distributed free to members. The Society also publishes scholarly books; stages performances of music, dance, and drama; hosts exhibitions and conferences; and is involved in projects of cultural preservation.

Today, the Siam Society has a membership drawn from a broad spectrum of Thais and foreigners, and continues to operate as a non-profit organization dedicated to its founding cause.


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:-- The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is pleased to announce that its Kamthieng House Museum can be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and The Siam Society. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see the best surviving traditional Lanna Thai House -- Kamthieng House Museum and its compound, a lovely video presentation “The Adventures of Tokto” – explaining how to build a Lanna house, “Hamyon” – a Wood Carving Collection, and an Example of The Siam Society Minute Books – UNESCO  Memory of the World, in just a few clicks at a picture.


:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 104 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.


:-- We are pleased to announce that NHBSS volume 61 number 2 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.


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Thai Library Association under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is pleased to present to the Library of the Siam Society under Royal Patronage “the Award for Outstanding Specialist Library, 2014” More>>>

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1 March 2017 : 7.00 p.m.
The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage with the participation of Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present "Eri Nakagawa Piano Recital" More>>>

A Tale of Youth and of Three Cities: Vienna; Bonn; Hamburg. Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911): Piano Quartet in A minor. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

2 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Chao Sone Bouttharobol: A Man with Strong Connections to the Champassak Royal House and a History Spanning Parts of Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. A Talk by Ian G. Baird. Chao Sone Bouttharobol was born in Champassak in 1894. He was the son of Phra Ubonkij Prachakorn, a key leader in Ubon Ratchathani during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and Chao Heuan Thongphanh, the daughter of Chao Youthithamathone, the head of the Champassak Royal House. More>>>

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3 – 5 March 2017
Three days at Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
in Loei Province
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, Vice- President and Leader of the Natural History Section of the Siam Society

Approximately 20% of the 513,115 sq.km. total area of Thailand is still covered by forest., Most of this forest cover has been maintained as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves and other forms of protected areas. Each forest has its own distinctive characteristics with varied fauna and flora. More>>>

11 – 12 March 2017
A visit to the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam
and the Lan Na temple architecture in Lamphun province
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant, the Siam Society
Wiang Kum Kam is the ancient city located very close to the city of Lamphun, which was one of several early Mon cities in the area and may have been associated with the Mon kingdom of Haripunchai. More>>>

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