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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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)

19 January 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Mimicry – how animals and plants deceive one another. A Talk by Donald L. J. Quicke. Animals do it, plants do it, even bacteria and fungi do it  – from deceiving predators to smelling like a queen. Camouflage and mimicry are ubiquitous and often stunning phenomena. More>>>

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20 - 22 January 2017
A visit to the little-visited region of southern Laos
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Honorary Secretary of the Siam Society

Champasak is a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. It is one of the three principalities that succeeded the Laos kingdom of Lan Xang. The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phu Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. More>>>


4 February 2017
A day in Ayutthaya: A visit to the ruins of temples
in Ayutthaya province
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot,
Honorary Secretary
Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from its foundation in 1350 until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767, and at the height of it power was one of the richest and most magnificent cities in Asia. It was a great capital city with hundreds of temples and palaces, canals and rivers, and a port frequented by merchants of many nations. More>>>

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