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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:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 103 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.

:-- The Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 60 No 2 of the Bulletin has now been published. It will be sent out to members soon, but articles from it can be downloaded 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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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>>>

Photos from workshop on Insect Management in Museums and Libraries>>>

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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5-6 October 2015 (Mon.-Tue.) 3.30 p.m. The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University with the participation of Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present Open Rehearsal Series. 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)

3 September 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
In Search of the Sino Siamese. A talk by Jeffery Sng and Pimpraphai Bisalputra. The Chinese presence in Thailand is unique in Southeast Asia. Thailand has a larger and more deep-seated Chinese community than Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. More>>>

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4 - 6 September 2015
A visit to Sukhothai Historical Park: New Information and New Thinking (Phitsanulok, Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai)
Leader: Dr. Piriya Krairiksh,
Former President and Honorary Member of the Siam Society
Phitsanulok located about 375 kilometers from Bangkok is situated on the geographical and administrative line that divides the central region from the northern region. It is an important historic city in lower northern Thailand. More>>>

5 – 15 September 2015
A Visit to Iceland
Leader: Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri,
Study Trip Manager
Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. Nowhere on earth are the forces of nature more evident than here, where glaciers, hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes, icecaps, tundra, snow-capped peaks, vast lava deserts, waterfalls and active volcanic craters vie for the visitor’s attention. More>>>

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