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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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)

30 October 2014 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
Centenary of Chamkad Balangura: A Siamese Hero in the Free Thai Movement of World War II. A talk by Acharn Sulak Sivaraksa. Khun Chamkad Balangura (30 October 1914—7 October 1943) was the eldest son of Phya Padungwitthayaserm (Chamkad Balangura), the head of the textbook writing division of the Ministry of Education. During his prime he was considered by his peers to be a brilliant student. More>>>

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29 – 30 November 2014
Leader: Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, Vice President and Senator elect, Phitsanulok Province, 2551-2557 BE

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>>>

4 – 13 December, 2014
Beyond Kathmandu Valley:
Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Lumbini, Pokhara
Leader: Khun Jim Lehman, Former Council Member of the Siam Society

“Beyond Kathmandu” will begin on the outskirts of Kathmandu with a two night stay in the World Heritage city of Bhaktapur, including a day trip to the Kathmandu Valley rim city of Dhulikhil to see village life and views of the Himalayan Range. More>>>

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