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 Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 59 No 2 of the Bulletin has now been published. This issue has a special section celebrating 50 years of protected areas in Thailand. It will be sent out to members soon, but articles from it can be downloaded here>>>.
:-- The Natural History Section is also pleased to announce that articles from all previous volumes dating back to the Bulletin's first issue in 1914 can now be read online here>>>.
:-- The Minute Books of the Siam Society from 1904 have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World. Register as a record of international cooperation in research and the dissemination of knowledge in the arts and sciences. 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)

2 October 2014 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
The Isthmus of Kra: Crossroads for Maritime Routes. A Talk by Brigitte Borell. In the late centuries BCE and the early centuries CE, the upper Thai-Malay peninsula was well connected to a network of maritime routes reaching eastward as far as the southern coast of China and westward to the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and from there ultimately to the Mediterranean. More>>>

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5 October 2014
In the footsteps of the Dutch in Ayutthaya and Phra Phutthabat
Leader: Dr. Dhiravat na Pombejra, Member of the Siam Society

This day trip links sites associated with Siam’s foreign trade and the pilgrimage route from Ayutthaya to the shrine of the Buddha’s Footprint at Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi Province. More>>>

13 – 19 October 2014
Natural Wonders of Mount Huangshan in
Anhui Province, China
Leader: Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri, Study Trip Manager

Anhui Province was established in the sixth year of the Reign of Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1667 A.D.). Anhui, lies in the hinterland of Yangtze Delta. Anhui is a portmanteau word combining the first characters of Anqing and Huizhou (now Huangshan City). More>>>

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