Date 12/06/2017


The Soviet Union and Thailand established diplomatic relations with Thailand on March 12, 1941; Thailand recognized Russian Federation as the successor to Soviet Union on December 28, 1991. Russia has an embassy in Bangkok and two honorary consulates in Phuket and Pattaya. Thailand has an embassy in Moscow and two honorary consulates (in Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok ). Both countries are full members of APEC and the Organization for Security and co-operation in Europe (Russia is a participating state and Thailand is a partner). The cultural collaborations between the two countries have been flourished and dynamic in the recent years resulting in the better understanding of each other’s culture and closer ties between both parties.
Thailand and Russia signed a Cultural Agreement in 2000. Later, both countries added another Protocol stating about cultural activities to be implemented by the two countries. The latest protocol was signed in September 2009 which states the scope of cultural activities for 2009 – 2011 such as the organisation of Russian Cultural Day in Thailand in 2010 and Thai Cultural Day in Russia in 2011. Russia also wished to hold the St. Petersburg’s Day in Bangkok on 22 May 2007 focusing on cultural activities. Russia also invited businessmen from St.Petersburg to join the event. The Cabinet approved the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to proceed with the Thai identity restoration in St. Petersburg by restoring the left wing of Peterhof Palace where King Rama V used to stay during his official state visit in 1897. However, the project had to be postponed because there was a reshuffle of the Russian minister of the ministry which was in charge of cultural work at the time. (the Russian Ministry of Culture was formed later in 2008)

Portuguese were the first westerners to make contact with Thailand during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. They came as early as in 1511 to commence trading. King Chai Rajadhiraj granted the Portuguese residing in Ayutthaya some land to make a Portuguese settlement called Baan Protuget (meaning Portuguese in Thai). Later in 1820, King Rama II of Chakri dynasty also granted a land on the east of Chaophraya river to Portugal which is now the location of the Portuguese embassy.As a matter of fact, Portugal is a European nation which has been in contact with Thailand for the longest period of time of over 500 years.

After a new political transition, Polish people have been progressively hospitable to culture from abroad including Thailand. For instance, they tend to perceive Thailand as a non-colonized free state which boats impressive tourist attractions and friendly local people with a spirit of democracy. In addition, Polish travelers are said to be greatly enthralled by Thai economy, technology and culture.

In September, 2005, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought the prominent traditional Thai puppet troupe ‘Joe Louis’ to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland as part of the cultural diplomatic policy of the ministry and the 100th anniversary of the Thai-Norwegian diplomatic tie.

The Thai-French Joint Action Plan 2004-2008 was signed to accomplish the concrete exchange of culture in aspiration to bolster understanding regarding society and culture of the two nations. To this end, La F?te has been annually organized in Thailand since 2004 to disseminate French culture. Similarly, Tout a Fait Thai held between September 18 and October 31, 2006 in France showcased Thai cultural wonders such as exhibitions in honor of the 60-year reign, performances and Thai boxing. On March 19, 2009, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony of a Dvaravati art exhibition at Mus?e Guimet organized by the Thai Embassy in France.



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