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>>>

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

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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)

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29 October – 8 November 2016
A Visit to Portugal
Leader: Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of the Siam Society

Portugal is situated in the extreme southwest corner of Europe. Portugal occupies roughly one sixth of the Iberian Peninsula with a population of just over 10 million. To the north and east, a border measuring approximately 1,300 km separates Portugal from its only neighbouring country, Spain, and to the south and west, 830 km of coastline meets the Atlantic Ocean. More>>>

19 – 20 November 2016
A weekend in Nakhon Ratchasima province
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant
Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Khorat, is situated on the southwest edge of the great Khorat Plateau (about 200 m. above sea level) which covers most of the northeast region of Thailand. This province is the largest not only in the northeast, but also in Thailand; it is also one of the more prosperous. The northeast has an extremely rich history. More>>>

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