Turbocharging Thailand’s Post-COVID Economic Recovery – Improving the Ease of Doing Business

Turbocharging Thailand’s Post-COVID Economic Recovery – Improving the Ease of Doing Business By British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre Australian Ambassador to Thailand Allan McKinnon PSM German Ambassador to Thailand Georg Schmidt The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a devastating health and economic toll worldwide. In Thailand, the public …

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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program Funding Opportunity Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2021 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for …

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Celebrating a Shared History of Religious Freedom

Celebrating a Shared History of Religious Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre As an American who has lived overseas and raised my family abroad, I have been able to see my country more clearly and appreciate the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. One of the most important of these freedoms is freedom …

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Online Professional English Network Winter Term 2021 (Starts January 12, 2021 – March 9, 2021)

Online Professional English Network offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available? English as a Medium of Instrution (EMI) by Ohio University Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement (FSME) by University of Oregon Teaching Grammar Communicatively (TGC) by World Learning- SIT …

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Building the Mekong-U.S. Partnership

Building the Mekong-U.S. Partnership By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre Having worked in the business world for over 20 years, I understand well the paramount importance of trusted partners in coming together to achieve a common goal. Whether you are negotiating a high-stakes business deal or building a regional power grid, success hinges …

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Statement Refuting Disinformation

In response to the recent dissemination, by a blogsite dedicated to purveying disinformation, of photos taken years ago during the tenure of the prior U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, the U.S. Embassy would like to issue the following statement: Ambassadors and Embassy personnel regularly meet with a broad cross section of Thai nationals, not just with …

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Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Beginning October 1, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai will resume routine nonimmigrant visa services for all visa categories.  The number of visa interviews per day will be limited to ensure social distancing. Starting from September 9, 2020, you can renew your visa by mail, provided you meet all the qualifications listed on  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/th/th-niv-visarenew.asp

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Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael George DeSombre in Honor of The 88th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother, August 12, 2020

Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael George DeSombre in Honor of The 88th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother, August 12, 2020 On behalf of the United States Mission to the Kingdom of Thailand, I extend our warmest wishes to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother for health, happiness, and prosperity on …

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U.S. Ambassador Praises Law Enforcement Partnership After Golden Triangle Visit

From the air, I could see the mighty Mekong snaking through the jungle, its light-brown waters contrasting with the green canopy of the mountains that come almost to the river’s edge.  Even from a helicopter hundreds of feet above the ground, it was impossible not to be awed by the river, and I feel lucky …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 31, 2020)

Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020 Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020 On July 29, the Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until September 26, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. The measure was published on that date in the Royal Thai …

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U.S. Provides Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Assistance to Northern Thailand

The United States government donated public health supplies including handwashing stations and personal protective equipment valued at $14,500 USD (approximately 450,000 THB) on July 20 to support Mae Fah Luang University’s effort to assist vulnerable migrant and ethnic communities in Chiang Rai in response to the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang …

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Message from Ambassador Michael George DeSombre on The Occasion of the 68th Birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua

Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael George DeSombre on The Occasion of the 68th Birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua July 28, 2020 On the occasion of the 68th birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, the United States Mission to the Kingdom of Thailand offers our most sincere congratulations. The …

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Upholding the Sovereign Rights of All

Upholding the Sovereign Rights of All By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre As the world focuses on the fight against COVID-19, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is exploiting others’ distraction to extend its bullying campaign in the South China Sea. The tactics of coercion, subversion and disinformation used in the South China …

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Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued the following statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19: “The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every …

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Historic Thai-U.S. Alliance Plans for 21st Century Challenges

General James C. McConville, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army , visited the Kingdom of Thailand July 9 -10. General McConville met with General Apirat Kongsompong, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army and was joined by Ambassador Michael George DeSombre for a meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss the strategic partnership between our nations. General McConville and General Apirat signed the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 6, 2020)

Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban until July 31; Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban Until July 31 On June 30, the Royal Thai Government officially extended the national state …

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U.S. Government Commits to Countering Transnational Crime with Royal Thai Government

U.S. Government Commits to Countering Transnational Crime with Royal Thai Government On June 24, the United States donated investigative tools with a value of approximately 3.11 million THB (100,000 USD) to the Royal Thai Government to counter transnational crime and fight drug trafficking as part of a longstanding U.S.-Thai law enforcement partnership. Consul General Sean …

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Online Professional English Network Fall Term 2020 (Starts September 29 – November 24, 2020)

Online Professional English Network offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available? English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) by Ohio University Teaching Grammar Communicatively by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 29, 2020) Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Approves Entry for Non-Thai Nationals with Work Permits; Information on Provincial Travel Restrictions; Frequently Asked Questions Royal Thai Government Approves Entry for Non-Thai Nationals with Work Permits On May 28, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) announced that non-Thai nationals who either …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 27, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Royal Thai Government Extends National State of Emergency; Beware Malware Associated with Fake Thai Chana System; Frequently Asked Questions Royal Thai Government Extends Emergency Decree Until June 30, 2020 On May 26, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) decided to extend the national state of emergency …

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Safe, Reliable, Secure and Cost-Effective Supply Chains Belong in Thailand

Safe, Reliable, Secure and Cost-Effective Supply Chains Belong in Thailand By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre “You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out,” the famous investor Warren Buffett once said.  Unfortunately, the tide went out for global companies in early 2020 as they were slammed by the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 18, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Civil Aviation Authority Extends Bans on Incoming Flights; Phuket Airport Remains Closed; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updates – Curfew Hours Changed CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until June 30 On May 15, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the  extension  until June …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 15, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Phuket International Airport Resumes Operations May 16; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Phuket International Airport Resumes Operations The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the Phuket International Airport will resume operations at 00:01 on May 16, 2020. The ban on incoming international flights into Thailand …

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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 8, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 8, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Reminder of Travel Restrictions and Visa Situation There has been no new significant information regarding the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Thailand since our April 30, 2020 Health Alert.  We provide the following reminders regarding the current travel and visa situation:  Phuket Airport to Remain Closed The …

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U.S. Mission Thailand Support to Fire Response in Northern Thailand

U.S. Mission Thailand Support to Fire Response in Northern Thailand In recognition of Air Quality Awareness Week, The United States is donating supplies to assist firefighters and volunteers in Chiang Mai province battling blazes that have contributed to hazardous air quality in northern Thailand. On May 8, the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai donated equipment …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 30, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Phuket Airport to Remain Closed Until May 15  Phuket Airport to Remain Closed The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the Phuket International Airport will remain closed until May 15. If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Phuket, please fill out this voluntary survey .  This will help …

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U.S. Provides Additional Covid-19 Support to Increase Thailand’s Case Identification, Rapid Response

U.S. Provides Additional Covid-19 Support to Increase Thailand’s Case Identification, Rapid Response FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BANGKOK, THAILAND, April 28, 2020 – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed an additional $1.5 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Kingdom of Thailand. In coordination with …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 29, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Domestic Flights to Resume Under Strict Guidelines; State of Emergency; Automatic Visa Extensions; Incoming International Flight Ban Domestic Flights to Resume Under Strict Guidelines The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced new guidelines for the operation of domestic flights within Thailand that affect passengers.  The key …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 28, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 28, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: National State of Emergency Officially Extended; Additional Flights from Surat Thani Airport Beginning May 1; Samui Airport Set to Resume Bangkok Route May 15 National State of Emergency/Nation-wide Curfew Officially Extended to May 31 Today, the government spokesperson announced that the Cabinet has decided to extend to May …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 27, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Automatic Visa Extensions; Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Further; National State of Emergency Likely to be Extended to May 31; Availability of Critical Medicines in Thailand  Automatic Visa Extensions In Effect April 24 On April 24, automatic, additional visa extensions for all types of non-immigrant (i.e. temporary …

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The United States and ASEAN Are Partnering To Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery

The United States and ASEAN Are Partnering To Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enduring strategic partners as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for economic recovery. We commit …

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U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures

U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 22, 2020 Today, Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. Health Futures captures our existing and ongoing work with ASEAN on public health and lays the groundwork for long-term partnership, targeted assistance, and a renewed focus on our most fundamental resource – the health …

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Saving the Mekong, the Economic Lifeblood of an Entire Region

Saving the Mekong, the Economic Lifeblood of an Entire Region By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre I first heard about the beauty of the Mekong River (or Mae Nam Khong) long before I moved to Asia.  American and Thai people share a common respect for our rivers.  I grew up near the Mississippi …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 22, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 22, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Thai Government Extends Temporary Visas Until July 31, 2020 Thai Government Extends Temporary Visas Until July 31 On April 21, the Royal Thai Government approved automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals whose visas expire between 30 April 2020 and 31 July 2020.  Visas will be extended automatically until …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 21, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 21, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: KLM Ceases Operations Until April 30 and JAL Reduces Flights KLM Ceases Operations Until April 30 and JAL Reduces Flights to Twice Per Week KLM announced today the airline will cease operations from Bangkok until after April 30.  JAL plans to reduce daily flights from Bangkok to twice …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 20, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  VietJet to Stop Service from Krabi Airport to BKK VietJet Ceasing Service to Krabi Airport VietJet Air announced it is halting flights between Krabi Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) until May 1, 2020.  There are no flights out of Krabi Airport until after April 30. The following major airports …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 16, 2020)

Health Alert  – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 16, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Departing from Southern Thailand Departing from Southern Thailand The following major airports are closed: Phuket International Airport (April 10-30), Koh Samui Airport (April 7-30). There are available routes from southern Thailand to Bangkok.  For those in Phuket, the airport is closed until April 30, and the land …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Until April 30; Transportation Out of Thailand CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until April 30 Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.  The extension will likely …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 14, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 14, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Updates to Thai Northern Province Travel Restrictions Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  This week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok.  In …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 13, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 13, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Reminder: National State of Emergency; Transportation Out of Thailand REMINDER: National State of Emergency On March 25th, the Royal Thai Government declared a national state of emergency, effective March 26th, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.  Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues are closed …

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U.S. and Thailand – Friends, Partners, Allies in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking

On April 9, the United States Government assisted the Royal Thailand Government in a large-scale operation against five drug trafficking networks with money laundering operations worth over 3 billion baht (approximately US$100 million). With support from U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chiang Mai Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU), the Royal Thai Government arrested 15 suspects who …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 10, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 10, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Details on Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Phuket Travel Restrictions Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas On April 8, the Royal Thai Government approved and implemented automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) whose visas expire between March 26 and April 30, 2020. Visas will be extended automatically until …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 9, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 9, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Further Details on Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Phuket Travel Restrictions Growing Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas On April 8, the Royal Thai Government approved and implemented automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) whose visas expire between March 26 and April 20. Visas will be …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Transportation Out of Thailand; Flight Options from Phuket; Suspension of All Passport Services, Except Emergency Passports Tourist Visas Expiring on/after March 26 Extended The Ministry of Interior announced today that tourists (including U.S. citizens) who hold visas expiring on or after March 26 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 7, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 7, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Flight Options From Phuket; Incoming International Flight Ban Until April 18; Suspension of All Passport Service, Except Emergency Passports Phuket International Airport Closure The Provincial Government of Phuket confirmed the  closure of the Phuket International Airport  from 12:01 a.m. on April 10 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.  There are two domestic flights …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 6, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 6, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Incoming International Commercial Flights Banned Until April 18, 2020 CAAT Extends Bans On All Arriving International Commercial Aircraft Until April 18, 2020 The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its prohibition on all international commercial passenger flights until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2020.  Still permitted …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 4, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 4, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Incoming Commercial Flights Banned from 4-6 April 2020; Nation-wide Curfew In Effect; Phuket Hotels Closed Starting April 4 CAAT Bans All Arriving Commercial Aircraft from 4-6 April 2020 The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a notification prohibiting all regularly scheduled commercial aircraft from flying to …

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Health Alert – Information on Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020)

Health Alert – Information on Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Thailand. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Nation-wide Curfew In Effect; Phuket Hotels Closed Starting April 4 Nation-wide Curfew Beginning April 3, a nation-wide curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 2, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 2, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Nation-wide Curfew Announced; Bangkok Parks; Increasing Provincial Border Closures; Phuket Airport to Close Operations Next Week (Book Departure Flights Now); Hotel Closures Nation-wide Curfew Today the Prime Minister’s office announced a nation-wide curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., beginning on April 3.  Except for emergency medical care, U.S. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  No Transit Through Thailand; Possible Automatic Extension of Thai Visas; Phuket Airport Closure; Mae Hong Son Border Closure; Hotel Closures; Foreign Nationals Must Pay for COVID-19 Treatment Transit Airline Passengers Now Barred From Entering Thailand Effective April 1, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) expanded the ban on foreign nationals entering Thailand to include transiting …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Border Closures Throughout Southern Thailand; Transit Temporary Health Certificate Exemption Ending on March 31; Flights Out of Thailand Further Reduced Border Closures in Southern Thailand Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders –prohibiting entry by land and sea …

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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 26, 2020 The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad. Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Phuket Closures and Curfew, CDC Issues Global Level 3 Travel Warning, Flights Out of Thailand Phuket Closures The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced that Phuket Province is requesting all residents and tourists remain in their residence from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am and has announced closures of beaches, zoo and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand – March 27,2020 Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event: U.S. Embassy Messages, Bus Ticket Sales, The Emergency Decree Legislation, Checkpoints, Flights Out of Thailand  Why Am I Receiving This Message? As part of the effort to get as much information as possible to U.S. citizens, the State Department is extending departure …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020) Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event:  Information on the State of Emergency, a Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael DeSombre, Thai Travel Ban, Available Flights Out of Thailand, and U.S. Embassy Consular Operations State of Emergency: On March 25, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: The Royal Thai Government (RTG) has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to …

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U.S. Provides Additional Assistance to Thailand to Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)

BANGKOK, THAILAND, March 20, 2020 — The United States Government announced nearly $2 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand U.S. support for Thailand in response to the global spread of COVID-19.  This support builds upon ongoing USAID and other U.S. Government investments in health development, particularly those aimed …

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Travel Advisory: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Travel Advisory: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 145,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of the Kingdom of Thailand has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread …

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The United States Reaffirms Commitment to Preserving Cultural Heritage at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya Historical Park

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya — U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre joined Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Culture Dr. Yupha Taweewattanakitborvon, Governor of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Panu Yaemsri, and the Ministry of Culture’s Department of Fine Arts Deputy Director-General Aroonsak Kingmanee, for the inauguration of a new phase of the restoration of …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Building Air Quality Monitoring Capacity in Southeast Asia

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for activities under the “Building Air Quality Monitoring Capacity in Southeast Asia” project that intends to strengthen local capacity to monitor air quality and expand awareness of air quality issues among decision …

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American English E-Teacher Summer Term 2020 (Starts July 7 – September 1, 2020)

The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available? Teaching Grammar Communicatively by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute …

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U.S. Provides Personal Protective Equipment to the Royal Thai Government to assist COVID-19 Response

BANGKOK, THAILAND, March 9, 2020 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia Mission Director Peter A. Malnak handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Public Health in Nonthaburi today as part of the United States’ assistance to Thailand to respond to novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, first …

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CALFEX and Closing Ceremony of Cobra Gold 2020

U.S. Ambassador Michael George DeSombre and Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri, Thailand’s Chief of Defense Forces, presided over the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise and Closing Ceremony of Cobra Gold 2020, the largest multilateral exercise in the Indo-Pacific region. Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy, commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, also joined the events. Cobra Gold 2020 …

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Humanitarian Civic Action Site 4 Dedication Ceremony

Ambassador Michael George DeSombre participated as the U.S. co-chair at the Humanitarian Civic Action Site 4 Dedication Ceremony on March 5 at Ban Krang (Phra Khao Chaiyasit) School in Phitsanulok. He joined Thai co-chair Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Chalermphon Srisawasdi, Singaporean co-chair Ambassador Kevin Cheok, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander …

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Cobra Gold 20: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Exercise underway

THAILAND 02.25.2020 Story by Theanne Herrmann Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance PHITSANULOK PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand — The third annual Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Tabletop Exercise, as part of the 39th annual Thai, U.S. co-sponsored Cobra Gold Exercise, commenced with an opening ceremony in Phitsanulok Province, Thailand, Feb. 24. The …

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Cobra Gold 20: US, Thai military strengthen relationships through coordinated amphibious beach landing

HAT YAO, THAILAND 02.28.2020 Courtesy Story U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs Office HAT YAO BEACH, Kingdom of Thailand — Roaring overhead, a pair of Royal Thai Air force F-16 Fighting Falcons flew over the designated beach as U.S. and Thai forces moved from ship to shore in an integrated beach landing. The Kingdom of Thailand …

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Cobra Gold 20: Opening Ceremony

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U.S. Embassy invites your company to join our upcoming business delegation to Cambodia and Laos, on February 4-7. Our target participants to join the delegation include: U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of agricultural and agribusiness products Local distributors/representatives of U.S. products Scope of products and services: seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, agro-processing equipment, animal and aquaculture feed, …

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Statement by Michael R. Pompeo 
Secretary of State: 
Thailand National Day

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U.S. Embassy Bangkok invites interested secondary educators to apply for three summer 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators which will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in late May/early June 2020. Applicants can download the application form on the U.S. Embassy Bangkok website via this link https://th.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/application-form-2019-susi-secondary-educators.docx . Applications must …

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World Car Free Day 2019

Chargé d’affaires Michael Heath, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Post, and John Bernlohr, Management Counselor spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness to the constantly rising pollution level in Bangkok by taking part in World Car Free Day. Members of the mission joined them by walking, riding alternative modes of transportation, carpooling or biking to …

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2019

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Commemoration of Seri Thai Movement 2019

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath gave a keynote address at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) September 5, during a ceremony to commemorate the heroics of those involved in the Seri Thai Movement during World War II. Key activities for the event include a nationwide student quiz competition, essay competition, and picture contest depicting the …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the New Government of the Kingdom of Thailand

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ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Contest 2019

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Statement on the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana

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U.S. Embassy Bangkok Statement on the Occasion of His Majesty’s Coronation

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Travels to Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Japan

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Call for Applications Fall 2019 YSEALI Academic Fellowship

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Direct Deposit of Federal Benefit Payments

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U.S. Mission Thailand Support to Fire Response in Northern Thailand

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U.S. Department of State: Statement on Thai Election

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 26, 2019 Thailand March 24 Elections We congratulate the tens of millions of Thai citizens who participated in the long-awaited March 24 election for demonstrating their strong support for a return to elected government.  The vote, robust media coverage of the process and open debate …

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Advance Creative Writing Workshop

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Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

Congratulations to Peace Corps Volunteers Group 131: Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Post and the Royal Thai Government Officials traveled to Suphanburi Province on March 18th to participate in the Swearing-In Ceremony. During the event, Acting DCM Post administered the Peace Corps Pledge to 57 new Volunteers who will be working in education and …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Peter Haymond on the passing of Ambassador Virachai Plasai

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of His Excellency Virachai Plasai.  On behalf of the American people, I offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, his friends, and the people of Thailand. Ambassador Virachai made many contributions to the stability and prosperity of U.S.-Thai relations throughout his distinguished career.  He assumed the position of Ambassador …

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Spring 2019 YSEALI Academic Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation

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Notice of Funding Opportunity 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit

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YSEALI Debate Camp at Khon Kaen University

On March 2-3, 36 Thai undergraduate students met at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University to attend the final event in a series of six YSEALI debate camps. This program aims at raising civic awareness among youth and providing a space for young people to discuss social issues, economic matters, education …

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American Education Fair 2019

EducationUSA Thailand  and the AUA Language Schools organized the “American Education Fair 2019” on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Arnoma Grand Hotel, Bangkok. More than 500 students, high school counselors, and parents attended to speak to representatives from 55 U.S. Universities. At seminar sessions, attendees learned about choosing the right school, the student visa, application process …

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Dr. Joanne Hyppolite at U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Black History Month Celebration

On February 28, the Embassy hosted a potluck in celebration of the Black History Month at Ambassador’s Residence. In attendance was Dr. Joanne Hyppolite of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, who is currently in Thailand to conduct programs on African American culture and museum technology.

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Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond and Dr. Joanne Hyppolite visited Sibuathong SUPPORT Foundation Center in Angthong

Continuing the celebration of the 200 years of friendship between the U.S. and Thailand, on February 27, Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond, Mrs. Haymond and Dr. Joanne Hyppolite of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture visited Sibuathong SUPPORT Foundation Center and Model Farm Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Majesty Queen …

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Curator Talks with Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, Curator of Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture

U.S. Embassy Bangkok in partnership with Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles #QSMT present a series of African American culture programs by our American Cultural Ambassador Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, Curator of Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture #NMAAHC during the week of February 25-March 1 in Bangkok.  Dr. Joanne Hyppolite will share her experience …

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YSEALI Debate Camp at Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus

On February 16-17, 36 Thai undergraduate students met at Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus to attend the fifth in a series of six YSEALI debate camps. This program aims at raising civic awareness among youth and providing a space for young people to discuss social issues, economic matters, education challenges, and environmental problems through …

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A group of Thai scholars, environmentalist, and marine biologist participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Environmental Issues

Khun Chalatip Junchompoo, Marine Biologist of the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center; Dr. Narongpan Chunram, Lecturer of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University; Khun Padinya Aree, Trash Hero; and Ajarn Sarawut Siriwong, Lecturer in Marine Science, Burapha University, Chantaburi Campus, participated in IVLP “Environmental Issues” from November 5-23, …

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Staff members of Thai museums participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Museum Management

Eight members of the  Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles  (QSMT), and two from  King Prajadhipok Museum  participated in the IVLP on Demand ‘Museum Management’ which took place from November 3-13, 2018. They had the opportunity to visit U.S. art, history, and ethnic museums to meet with arts administrators, exhibit designers, architects, educators, patrons, and students; to study U.S. best practice in museum management, …

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EducationUSA Thailand Alumni Fair 2018

The U.S. Embassy hosted the 3rd “EducationUSA Thailand Alumni Fair 2018” on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at InterContinental Bangkok. The fair brought together recently graduated Thai alumni from U.S. institutions, Regional Educational Advising Coordinators, Fulbright Thailand, and Consular Section to provide insightful information about scholarships, application process, student life on campus, and student visa.

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Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond visited Phuket

Charge d’Affaires (CDA) Peter Haymond recently visited Phuket province. During the visit, he met with Phuket Provence Vice Governor Mr. Prakob Wongmaneerung to discuss opportunities for U.S. businesses, Phuket’s progress on the Smart City initiative, environmental programs and tourism safety. CDA Haymond also met volunteer American Citizen Services Consular Liaisons living in the region, U.S. …

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Statement by Michael R. Pompeo 
Secretary of State: 
Thailand National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my sincerest and warmest wishes to the Kingdom of Thailand on your National Day. This year marked the 200-year anniversary of the historic U.S.-Thai friendship that has united our two nations through war and peace, hardship and prosperity. Under the leadership of …

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our …

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Schriver visits Thailand

Randall Schriver, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, visited Thailand November 29-30, 2018 to co-chair the 5th bilateral Defense Strategic Talks with Thai counterparts at the Ministry of Defense. During his visit, Assistant Secretary Schriver met with senior Thai officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Chief …

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Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond visited Mae Hong Son

Charge D’Affaires Peter Haymond and Mrs. Haymond were delighted to meet Mr. Sirirath Chum-aupakarn, Governor of Mae Hong Son on November 30. Mr. Haymond also spoke with students, academics, businesspeople, and visited a temporary shelter to demonstrate the United States’ support for education, economic growth, and displaced persons.

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Considerations for Older Travelers

“More and more numbers of U.S. citizens are traveling or living abroad after they retire.  Some are experienced adventure travelers, and for some it’s a first ever international trip.  As an older traveler, you may face challenges related to health, federal benefits, or emergency services while abroad. For helpful information and resources about this topic …

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Announcement for 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, would like to invite interested scholars to apply for seven Summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals.  The program will be held in the following six themes in U.S. Studies:  American Culture and Values American Politics and Political …

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Mike Pence: The United States seeks collaboration, not control, in the Indo-Pacific

By Mike Pence November 9 at 6:19 PM Mike Pence is vice president of the United States. Last year in Vietnam, President Trump laid out the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. This week, on the president’s behalf, I will lead a delegation to that region to discuss our progress on making this …

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American Inspired Chef Project

Chef (Tam) Chudaree Debhakam, Thailand’s first “Top Chef” winner, whipped up a 5-course dinner incorporating U.S. and Thai ingredients to celebrate the launch of USDA’s American Inspired Chef Project, at the U.S. Ambassador Residence. Last night’s event was hosted by Chargé d’affaires Peter Haymond. The American Inspired Chef Project will travel around Thailand to train …

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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 LARGE GRANTS Program Funding Opportunity

Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants Program Funding Opportunity. Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural …

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Announcement for 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

U.S. Embassy Bangkok invites interested secondary school educators (high school teachers) to apply for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary School Educators which will take place in early June through July 2019. Applicants can download the application form on the U.S. Embassy Bangkok website via this link (PDF 595KB). Applications must be received at the Media and Cultural Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok no …

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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019

Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional …

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Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ statement to the press following his farewell call with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ statement to the press following his farewell call with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha September 26, 2018 Government House, Bangkok, Thailand Ambassador Davies began his remarks by briefly summarizing his conversation with the Prime Minister: We talked about all the wonderful events that I have witnessed during my time here. The year …

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JUSMAGTHAI Celebrates 65 Anniversary; Commemorates POW/MIA Day

The Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) held its 65th Anniversary celebration today, along with a commemoration honoring the U.S. National Prisoner of War / Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Day. U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies and General Ponpipaat Benyasri, Chief of Joint Staff, Royal Thai Armed Forces, presided over the ceremonies conducted at the …

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Phuket Hotels Association and U.S. Embassy Partner to Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Phuket

PHUKET AND BANGKOK, THAILAND: The Phuket Hotels Association and the U.S. Embassy, through a Science Fellowship Program, partnered to tackle waste management challenges in Phuket. The goal is to significantly reduce single-use plastics at Phuket’s hotels. As a result of this collaboration, the Phuket Hotel Association’s 65 member properties (representing nearly 11,000 rooms on the …

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Google Thailand’s “Digital Literacy for Education Equality” at American Corners

Bangkok – September 19, 2018: Google Thailand has partnered with the U.S. Mission in Thailand to offer digital literacy training to university teachers and students as well as schools in the vicinity at the American Corners at Chiang Mai University, Mahasarakham University, Yala Rajabhat University, and Prince of Songkla University (Pattani Campus) under the theme …

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Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ statement to the press following his farewell call with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Prawit

Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ statement to the press following his farewell call with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Prawit September 13, 2018 Ministry of Defense, Bangkok, Thailand I had a very good meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister. This was my farewell call on him. We reviewed a number of issues that are …

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The Passing of National Artist Manrat Srikaranonda – U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ Condolence Message

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of National Artist Manrat Srikaranonda. Ajarn Manrat was a truly great Thai musician and a long-time friend of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. For decades, the Srikaranonda family has been an integral part of the Embassy’s musical outreach programs and Ajarn Manrat had been …

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YSEALI Alumni Annual Meeting 2018

On August 11-13, U.S. Embassy Bangkok organized YSEALI Alumni Annual Meeting 2018 at the Tide Resort in Bang Saen. This event provided the opportunity for Thai alumni from YSEALI, SEAYLP, Global UGRAD, and SUSI to network, share information about alumni activities, propose future program ideas, and establish Thailand YSEALI Network (TYN). The new alumni network …

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo on Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday

Your Majesty, On behalf of the American people, I extend my warmest wishes on the special occasion of your eighty-sixth birthday. Your dedication to the people of Thailand has inspired many in the United States and around the world. May your humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors continue to benefit the people of the Kingdom of Thailand …

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Admiral John Aquilino, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Thailand

Admiral John Aquilino, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Thailand August 9 and met with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires Peter Haymond, Admiral Sayan Prasongsamret, Deputy Chief of Defense, Royal Thai Armed Forces and several other senior Thai officials. He discussed a broad range of issues underscoring the strong U.S. – Thai relationship and our longstanding security …

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President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM: Administration officials reaffirmed a whole-of-government commitment to enhancing economic and commercial engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.   Today, Trump Administration cabinet members and other senior officials joined American business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The heads of the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of …

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Student Visa Day 2018

U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Consular Section hosted its first-ever “Student Visa Day” on July 24 to support the 200th year anniversary of U.S.-Thai friendship! Approved students tagged their destinations on a map and posed for photos. Cultural Attaché Neal Murata held a fun pop-quiz about studying in America. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and …

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Statement by Ambassador Glyn T. Davies on the Successful Rescue Operation in Chiang Rai

On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Thai authorities and their international partners on the inspirational rescue of the 12 brave young men and their coach trapped since June 23rd by rapidly rising water deep in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai Province.  Thais everywhere, their hearts filled with hope and joined by multitudes around the world, willed this singular success.  The U.S. …

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The Passing of Former Thai Navy SEAL in Tham Luang Rescue Mission – U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ Message of Condolences

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Petty Officer 1st Class Saman “Sam” Kunan, a former Royal Thai Navy SEAL who volunteered to help rescue the 13 youth soccer players and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province. On behalf of the American people, I …

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Statement on 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

The U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to the U.S. Congress was released in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2018. The 2018 TIP Report assesses official anti-trafficking efforts of 187 countries from April 2017 through March 2018. In this year’s report, Thailand was upgraded from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2 …

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U.S. Independence Day Reception 2018

On June 28, Ambassador Glyn T. Davies and Embassy colleagues welcomed Thai and international friends to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. This year’s theme, “Great and Good Friends,” celebrated the bicentennial of the U.S. – Thai friendship. The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and the กองดุริยางค์ทหารอากาศ Royal Thai Air Force Music Division provided entertainment for the evening in a …

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Launch of “Great and Good Friends” on Google Arts and Culture

Ambassador Glyn T. Davies joined Ben King, Country Director of Google Thailand, to unveil the virtual Great and Good Friends exhibition on the Google Arts and Culture platform. “I am very pleased that Google has taken Great and Good Friends exhibit to the digital world. It is impressive to see how technology can provide a …

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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Embassy Regional Grants Program

Please complete the attached grant application (Download here) (Microsoft Word 46KB), answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity EAP07272018 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition …

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U.S. Donates 50,000 Rabies Vaccines Supporting Thailand to Reach Its Goal of Eliminating Rabies by 2020

U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies offered a donation of 50,000 rabies vaccines to Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development to support Thailand to reach its goal of eliminating rabies by 2020. The donation, made on behalf of the U.S. Government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends.  It …

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YSEALI TechCamp Reconnect Workshop

A Generation of Advocates. That is the goal of Southeast Asia’s first ever YSEALI TechCamp Reconnect workshop. Taking place in Bangkok May 14-15, YSEALI TechCamp Reconnect brings together 36 YSEALI Network members from all ten ASEAN countries, most of whom have participated in previous TechCamps. Participants are working with technology experts and trainers to improve …

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Call for Applications: Fall 2018 YSEALI Academic Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to open the call for applications for the Fall 2018 YSEALI Academic Fellowship to candidates from Thailand interested in the themes of Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management, and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Six Institutes will take place between late August and early November 2018. …

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AFS Youth Exchange Study Pre-Departure Language & Culture Course 2018

“While in the United States, you will not only be students in America’s high schools, but ambassadors of Thai culture and values. When you return home to Thailand, you will be leaders, alumni of the U.S. Embassy, and a great and good friends of the U.S. forevermore.” Ambassador Glyn T. Davies shared these inspiring words …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Release of Three Americans

The White House Office of the Press Secretary  At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the …

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25th Anniversary of Thai-US Partnership on HIV Vaccine Development

To mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on May 18, US and Thai HIV vaccine researchers are presenting information around ongoing work that resulted from Thailand’s landmark RV144 vaccine study — the only HIV vaccine clinical trial to show efficacy to date. Researchers at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science (AFRIMS) in Bangkok, along …

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USA Superfoods – Secrets of Vitality

On Wednesday, May 2,  Mr. Russ Nicely, Agricultural Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Thailand introduced a program titled, “USA Superfoods – Secrets of Vitality”, featuring Mr. Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill USA, a leading brand for organic and gluten free wholegrains. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Dry …

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World Intellectual Property Day 2018

On Thursday, April 26, Chargé d’Affaires Peter M. Haymond spoke at the Thailand Ministry of Commerce and U.S. Patent and Trade Office co-organized public awareness program for celebrating the World Intellectual Property Day. The program promotes the positive aspects and contributions of Intellectual Property Rights to society, culture, and economy, in association with this year’s …

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U.S., Thailand Kick-Off Anti-Submarine Exercise Guardian Sea

ANDAMAN SEA (NNS) – The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kick off exercise Guardian Sea in the Andaman Sea, April 25. The five-day anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise will involve cooperative evolutions designed to enhance mutual capabilities in anti-submarine warfare while also improving information sharing between the two navies. The guided-missile destroyer …

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Statement by Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Thailand New Year – Songkran Festival

Statement by Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan Thailand New Year – Songkran Festival On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend best wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand as they celebrate Songkran and welcome a new year on April 13, 2018. This year marks 200 years of …

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Great and Good Friends Exhibition

The objects have arrived! Items on loan from U.S. institutions will be displayed at the Great and Good Friends exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles from March 21 until June 30. A team of experts from the Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of …

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Bangkok Eco-Capitals Forum Green Bangkok 2018 Conference

Ambassador Glyn Davies recently addressed the Bangkok Eco-Capitals Forum Green Bangkok 2018 Conference at the Australian Embassy.  Ten of Bangkok’s largest diplomatic missions, representatives from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Environment Department, Bangkok and Mahidol Universities, Bangkok River Partners, and environmentally-focused NGO’s and businesses attended the event.  The Conference featured a series of speakers who showcased …

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Closing Ceremony of Cobra Gold 2018

On February 23, 2018, Ambassador Glyn Davies and Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of United States Pacific Command, joined General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, Thailand’s Chief of Defense Forces, to preside over the Closing Ceremony of Cobra Gold 2018, the largest multilateral exercise in the Asia-Pacific region. Cobra Gold 2018 was the 37th exercise in the series and …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond attended two key Cobra Gold 2018 events

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Peter Haymond attended two key Cobra Gold 2018 events Saturday. They witnessed the Amphibious Exercise at Hat Yao Royal Thai Naval Base in Chonburi Province, which brought together Navy, Marine, Army and Air Force units from Thailand, the …

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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Award Ceremony at Wat Chaiwattanaram

Ambassador Glyn Davies awarded a grant of $325,000 from theAmbassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to The World Monuments Fund which will be used to fund Phase Two of the restoration of Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya. “Wat Chai is a magnificent and beautiful site. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage area in Ayutthaya, it is also an …

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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford’s visit with Thailand Counterpart Royal Thai Armed Forces General Tarnchaiyan Sris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018 Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford’s visit with Thailand Counterpart Royal Thai Armed Forces General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., traveled to Bangkok, …

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Ambassador Davies Launches “Great and Good Friends”

On February 8, U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies announced the launch of “Great and Good Friends,” an exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles displaying the official gifts exchanged between the two nations at significant moments over the past 200 years. “The Great and Good Friends exhibit pays tribute to the deep and enduring …

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Colonel Larry Redmon, U.S. Army Attaché, U.S. Embassy Bangkok attended funeral services for Colonel Chaicharn Harnavee

On February 7, 2018, Colonel Larry Redmon, U.S. Army Attaché, U.S. Embassy Bangkok attended funeral services for Colonel Chaicharn Harnavee who passed away on February 4 in Lopburi province. Colonel Redmon presented a condolence letter from U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies to Khun Rachaneeyakorn, Colonel Chaicharn’s daughter. Colonel “Chip” Chaicharn, a Thai Army Special Forces soldier, …

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U.S. Researchers Awarded in Thailand

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 1, 2018 We congratulate the two U.S. research teams awarded the prestigious Prince Mahidol Awards on January 31 in Bangkok, Thailand. The awards, presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, recognized the two teams’ remarkable achievements in the fields of medicine and public health. …

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Ambassador Davies visited Kamphaengphet and Phitsanulok

Ambassador and Mrs. Davies recently visited Kamphaengphet and Phitsanulok to visit U.S. company Monsanto, observe cutting-edge bilateral infectious disease research, discuss with local officials, talk to Naresuan University students about 200 years of U.S.-Thai relations, and visit Kamphaengphet Historical Park with a local Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Ceremony at King Rama IV Museum, Wat Rajathiwas Rajaworavihara

Ambassador Glyn Davies presides over an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) ceremony at King Rama IV Museum, Wat Rajathiwas Rajaworavihara in Bangkok. Under the grant they receive from AFCP, the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at Silpakorn University will perform conservation for 19th-Century objects in the Royal Collection of the museum. “The special friendship between …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Thailand National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my heartfelt greetings to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on your National Day, December 5th. We remember the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s deep and enduring friendship with the United States and we look forward to further nurturing that friendship under …

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Passing of Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 30, 2017 Passing of Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on November 30 in Bangkok of the great Southeast Asian statesman, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Surin was a tireless champion of the Thai people, an eloquent advocate …

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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018

Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2018 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional …

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President Donald Trump in Asia | November 3-14 2017

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific …

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USAID and Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre Partner to Reduce HIV Infection

UBON RATCHATHANI, Thailand, November 3, 2017 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched a three-year project with the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre to support 13 provinces with HIV prevention, treatment and care for key populations, including men who have …

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Announcement for 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

U.S. Embassy Bangkok invites interested secondary school educators (high school teachers) to apply for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators which will take place early June through July 2018. Applicants can download the application form on the U.S. Embassy Bangkok website via this link (PDF 251KB). Applications must be received at the Media and Cultural Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok no later than Wednesday, …

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Announcement for 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars

U.S. Embassy Bangkok invites interested scholars to apply for six Summer 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals. The program will be held on the following six themes in U.S. Studies: American Politics and Political Thought Contemporary American Literature Journalism and Media Religious …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Cremation of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

This week my thoughts are with the people of Thailand as we witness the cremation of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej – a true humanitarian, visionary, and friend to the United States. Next year we will celebrate the bicentennial of the first official contact between our two great nations. His Late Majesty championed our …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Presidential Delegation for the Royal Thai King’s Funeral

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE President Donald J. Trump will send a Presidential Delegation to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, …

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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 2, 2017 Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand Stronger Alliance for Common Security and Closer Economic Partnership for Common Prosperity 1.     The President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump welcomed the Prime Minister of the Kingdom …

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Ambassador Davies at the “From Barriers to Bridges” Conference

On September 20, U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies opened a three-day event in Bangkok with over 125 delegates from nearly 20 Asian countries to find ways to improve healthcare access, especially for HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services for transgender people. Participants at the  The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)USAID AsiaUnited Nations Development Programme – UNDP  and  UNAIDS  sponsored consultation — the first of its kind in …

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U.S. Embassy Staff arranged Marigold plants on the U.S. Embassy lawn as a tribute to HM Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On Tuesday, September 19, Ambassador Glyn Davies, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter M. Haymond, and U.S. Embassy personnel arranged 999 marigold plants on the U.S. Embassy lawn as a tribute to HM Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The marigold plants will bloom into beautiful yellow flowers representing the color of Monday, the birthday of the Late …

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Fulbright Alumni’s Meet and Grill

On September 16, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond and Fulbright Board member Mrs. Dusadee Haymond hosted a “Meet and Grill” party at the Deputy Chief of Mission Residence to honor Thai Fulbright alumni. DCM Haymond highlighted the alumni’s hard work and recognized their contributions to advancing Thai-U.S. relations. U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies and Mrs. …

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POW/MIA Recognition Day 2017

Each year since 1986, the President of the United States of America issues a proclamation commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day on the third Friday of September. Today, September 15, Ambassador Davies joined Embassy staff at a ceremony to honor and recognize the sacrifices of those Americans who have been prisoners of war and those who …

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Warden Conference 2017

U.S. Embassy Bangkok relies on a team of roughly 45 Volunteer Consular Wardens to help meet the routine and urgent needs of Americans in the Kingdom.  Ambassador Glyn Davies joined the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services team on September 15 to thank the wardens for their outstanding service to Americans both living and visiting Thailand.

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U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environment Issues

The U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues (September 14-15, 2017) is a significant regional marine conservation meeting. Building on numerous inaugural commitments announced at the Our Ocean Conference 2016 and the recent United Nations Ocean Conference, the event will provide key stakeholders with the opportunity to explore and recommend policies that will contribute to improved …

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Cotton Day 2017

On Friday, September 8, CottonUSA showcased new cotton technologies through a display of one of America’s most iconic fashion symbols—denim jeans—at Renaissance Rajaprasong Hotel. As part of the 9th consecutive “Cotton Day” celebration, DCM Peter Haymond joined Cotton Council International (CCI) and the Thai textile and garment industry for an exhibition of innovative cotton fabrics …

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Discover Thailand’s Astronauts Scholarship Program

The U.S. Embassy wants to send you to Space Camp! Ambassador Davies announced yesterday that as part of Discover Thailand’s Astronauts Scholarship Program, we will send one boy, and one girl of Thai nationality, aged between 14-18, to train at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, USA. Are you ready to reach …

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Thailand Department of Special Investigation (DSI) signed MOU to combat transnational crime

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Thailand Ministry of Justice’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) August 24, to establish cooperation in combating transnational crime. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and DSI Director General Paisit Wongmuang signed the MOU in a ceremony held at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additional participants from ICE and …

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Tempest Express 2017 Opening Ceremony

On August 22, Chargé d’Affaires Peter Haymond joined General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Staff, to preside over the Opening Ceremony of military exercise “Tempest Express” at the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ (RTARF) Center for Strategic Studies at Bang Saen in Chonburi Province. Tempest Express, a United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) multilateral …

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EducationUSA Graduate Fair

Thinking about continuing your education with a graduate degree program in the U.S.? Don’t miss your chance to join us at the U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA Graduate Fair to meet with U.S. university representatives on September 12, 2017, from 17:30-20:30 at the American Hub (BTS Ploenchit). Pre-register for free at https://educationusathailand.eventbrite.com/ Get scholarship information for graduate levels from representatives …

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2017 National Science and Technology Fair

On August 18, Chargé d’Affaires Peter Haymond joined the opening ceremony for the 2017 National Science and Technology Fair, which takes place August 17 to 27 at the IMPACT Exhibition Center.  The Science Fair is an annual event organized by the National Science Museum that draws more than a million visitors, including schoolchildren from almost every province …

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Agricultural Innovation for Resiliency Conference

On August 17, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Peter Haymond spoke at the Agricultural Innovation for Resiliency conference. Organized by USDA and  USAID Asia  , the conference gathered experts and government officials from around the region to share international best practices and tools for boosting agricultural resiliency. Increased agricultural innovation and resiliency have the potential to strengthen food security …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): YSEALI Critical Thinking in Classrooms Regional Workshop

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 Description: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a six-day workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in Bangkok on Critical Thinking in Classrooms for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of …

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Media Fund Share Awards Ceremony

On August 9, the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture recognized the U.S. Embassy’s contributions to promote international cultural relations through the production of a Thai Language Day video clip at the Media Fund Share awards ceremony. Deputy Spokesperson Steve Castonguay—the star of the video clip which was shown at the …

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Congressional Delegation (CODEL) Visited Bangkok

From August 7-9, 2017, a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations led by Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Rep Henry Cuellar (D-TX) visited Bangkok to consult with Mission staff, meet with the Secretary-General of the Thai National Security Council, learn more about the bilateral relationship, and identify ways to …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visited Thailand

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid an official visit to Thailand on August 8th as guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Secretary will underscore the U.S. commitment to the bilateral relations with Thailand, and to pay respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Secretary Tillerson greeted …

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55th Anniversary of Peace Corps Thailand

On August 1, U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies, President of Friends of Thailand Carolyn Nickels-Cox and  Peace Corps Thailand  Country Director Howard Williams hosted celebrations to commemorate the 55th anniversary of U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand. The Ambassador praised the program as “a testament to the stability of our enduring friendship” and recognized the contributions of over 5,500 …

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Annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

On July 19, the State Department released the annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2016.  The Reports note that in 2016 terrorist attacks and fatalities from terrorism declined globally for the second year in a row, although terrorist groups continued to exploit ungoverned territory and ongoing conflict to expand their reach, and to direct and inspire attacks …

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Sixth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Senior delegations representing the United States and Thailand met on July 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at the Department of State for the Sixth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue.  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton led the U.S. delegation and Permanent Secretary …

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New Orleans Jazz All Stars Concert

In remembrance of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s beloved “Jazz King,” the U.S. Embassy in association with the Kitarat Foundation brought the New Orleans Jazz All Stars to perform concerts in Bangkok on July 15-16, 2017. They were the last jazz band to perform for the late King. This performances were part of a …

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Regional Consultation Toward a Southeast Asia Framework for Zika Virus Preparedness and Response

Acting U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Henry Jardine launched a regional conference that increased understanding about the threat from the Zika virus. The conference, hosted on July 12 by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, was the first in a series of meetings in countries across Asia to address the Zika virus, which is linked …

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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero at U.S. Embassy Bangkok

On July 11, U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies welcomed Weerawan “Boom” Mosby who is one of the eight individuals to receive the prestigious Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) Report Award from U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson in Washington, D.C. on June 27. In collaboration with the Royal Thai Police, Khun Boom created Southeast Asia’s first Advocacy Center for Children (ACT …

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EducationUSA Thailand team at Bunyawatwitthayalai School in Lampang

The U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA Thailand team travelled to Lampang to talk to over 200 students at Bunyawatwitthayalai School on Wednesday, July 5. Students and teachers learned about scholarship opportunities and applying to universities in the U.S. The team also had the chance to meet the two winners from the Intel ISEF 2017 Grand Award Competition …

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U.S. Independence Day Reception 2017

On June 29, Ambassador Glyn Davies and Embassy colleagues welcomed Thai and international friends to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. This year’s theme, “Music in the Park,” celebrated the sense of community and friendship that are created when people gather in a public spaces to enjoy free …

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Blue Diamond Launches “Almond Breeze”, Dairy-Free Milk Made from California Almonds

On June 28, 2017, Mr. Paul Welcher, Agricultural Attaché of U.S. Department of Agriculture joined Blue Diamond Growers, a U.S. almond-growing agricultural cooperative based in Sacramento, California, at their launch event for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze in Thailand. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, is a healthy dairy-free alternative to milk which is now available in 7-11s …

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College Application Boot Camp 2017

The U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA program hosted our “College Application Boot Camp” at the AUA Language Center, Chamchuri Square on Sunday, June 25 and at the Embassy’s American Hub on Monday, June 26. High school students attended the workshop to learn about application process, essay writing, and admission requirements for undergraduate programs in the U.S. Don’t forget …

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Pride Together: Human is One

LGBTI Rights are Human Rights. For Pride Month 2017, the Consulate co-hosted an event with Mplus Foundation, Dhammadrops, and Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University at House of Photography. Our theme was “Pride Together: Human is One” and featured a play, Chiang Mai Pride photo exhibition from photographer Thanathip Adirekkiet, and a film screening …

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U.S. ASEAN Business Council (USABC) Reception

Ambassador and Mrs. Davies hosted a reception June 22 in honor of the 2017 U.S. ASEAN Business Council (USABC) delegation to Thailand. The reception follows a day of meetings between USABC representatives, the Prime Minister, and various ministers and representatives from nearly a dozen Thai ministries. Industries represented include chemicals, automotive and heavy equipment, pharmaceuticals, …

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U.S. ASEAN Business Council (USABC) Meets with Prime Minister

Ambassador Glyn Davies led a delegation of nearly three dozen corporate members of the U.S. ASEAN Business Council (USABC) to a meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Also present were Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs Somkid Jatusripitak; Minister Suvit Maesinsee; the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Transportation, Digital Economy and Society, Energy, Commerce, Public …

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LGBTI Pride Reception 2017

On June 20, Ambassador Glyn Davies hosted U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s annual #LGBTI Pride reception at his residence. The event brought together LGBTI activists, foreign dignitaries, representatives from the Thai government and civil society, and members of Bangkok’s LGBTI community, and included remarks from Ambassador Davies and Dr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, the United Nations’ first Independent Expert …

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In Remembrance of Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej The New Orleans Jazz All Stars Concerts Press Conference

On June 20, the U.S. Embassy in association with the Kitarat Foundation announced a jazz concert by The New Orleans Jazz All Stars to be held July 15-16 at the K-Bank/Ganesha Theatre. Dr. Pathorn Srikaranonda and his band performed at the announcement event. Tickets available at Thai Ticket Major: https://goo.gl/uIb52w

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EducationUSA College App Camps (Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26, 2017)

For Juniors preparing U.S. university applications this summer and fall, we’re pleased to offer the latest U.S. Embassy EducationUSA College App Camps Sunday, June 25 at AUA Library, 21st floor, Chamchuri Square Monday, June 26 at The American Hub, 9th floor, GPF Witthayu Tower A, 93/1 Wireless Road Our App Camps have been designed to …

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Connecting Asia: A Regional Consultation on ICT, HIV, MSM and Getting to the 90-90-90 Targets

On June 14, U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies opened a three-day event in Bangkok with over 150 delegates from 22 Asian countries to find ways to improve the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to connect men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women with HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. Participants at …

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The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Community of Practice Conference 2017

On June 14, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond welcomed to Bangkok 60 university teachers of English from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Community of Practice Conference. Over the course of three days, the participants will attend workshops about instructional strategies and professional skills, deliver presentations, and network …

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2017 Annual Free Thai Movement Luncheon

Ambassador and Mrs. Davies attended the Annual Free Thai Movement Luncheon June 10 to honor and show appreciation to those who served in the Free Thai Movement, and to continue the strong relationship between Thailand and the U.S. The Free Thai Movement was established during WWII, during which time Thai students in the United States …

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Congratulatory Reception for 2017 Thai Fulbright Awardees

Ambassador Glyn Davies and Panyarak Poolthup, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated Thai Fulbright grantees for the 2017-2018 academic year at a reception on Friday, June 9, 2017. The grantees will study, do research and teach in universities across the United States, including Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, Washington State University and the …

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The Chief of Mission Residence: A Brief History

To appreciate the United States Ambassador’s home in Bangkok, with its graceful architecture and lush grounds, one needs to understand the people and events that transformed a rice field distant from the old city to the welcoming home of today. —Written by Paul C. Jorgensen, J.D. The Undeveloped East of Bangkok By the late 1800s, …

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The Inauguration of the New Office of AFS (formerly American Field Service)

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn presented an award to the U.S. Embassy on June 6, 2017 on the occasion of the inauguration of the new office of AFS (formerly American Field Service) in Nonthaburi. Deputy Chief of Mission gratefully accepted the Plaque of Recognition award on behalf of the Embassy for the great partnership between …

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IVLP on Our Planet: Wildlife Conservation and Combatting Trafficking

The U.S. Embassy Bangkok is proud to showcase Khun Ruthairat Songchan’s trip to the U.S. under the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Khun Ruthairat, Forestry Technical Officer from Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, attended the IVLP on “Our Planet: Wildlife Conservation and Combatting Trafficking” from April 22-May 12, 2017 where she had …

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Show Your Love the USA Salmon

Crab and Claw Executive Chef Colin Stevens created a delicious U.S. wild-caught salmon dinner for Chargé d’Affaires Peter Haymond and his wife Dusadee, as well as select guests. Through the meal, attendees learned how to prepare and distinguish the special flavor characteristics of Keta, King, and Sockeye Salmon – three salmon varieties found in the …

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The International Law Enforcement Academy Bangkok (ILEA) Hosted The Annual Joint Committee Meeting (JCM)

The International Law Enforcement Academy Bangkok (ILEA) hosted the annual Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on May 31. Officials from both the U.S. and Thai government discussed current and future operations of the academy. The JCM was chaired by U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Peter Haymond and Royal Thai Police (RTP) General Suchart Theerasawat. ILEA, which …

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and …

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CARAT 2017

The 23rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) military exercise recently kicked-off at the Royal Thai Navy base in Sattahip. “Our engagement through CARAT provides the U.S. and Thailand an opportunity to strengthen our alliance and maritime partnership in very meaningful ways,” said Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73. “The complexity of …

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YSEALI Alumni Annual Meeting 2017

Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond gave an opening remarks for the YSEALI Alumni Annual Meeting 2017 on Friday, May 26 at the American Hub, U.S. Embassy Bangkok. Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) alumni held their annual meeting on May 26-28 in Kanchanaburi. Prior to departing for the three-day excursion, approximately 40 participants came to the …

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CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

Charge d’Affaires Peter Haymond and Tatiana Marushevskaya, Marketing and Operation Lead, Microsoft Thailand introduced the American film “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” on Friday, May 26 at Microsoft headquarters in Bangkok. Robin Hauser Reynolds, filmmaker of CODE was on hand for a Q & A session following the film. CODE examines why more girls are …

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Ambassador Davies at TechCamp Thailand

On May 17, Ambassador Davies thanked 60 participants from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for participating in “TechCamp Thailand.” The TechCamp participants spent the last two days learning from 15 global and regional expert trainers how to use developing technologies to promote peace and dialogue in their local communities. The U.S. Embassy will provide …

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Military students from Army Training Command Language Center visited American Hub

A group of military students from the Army Training Command Language Center visited the American Hub on Wednesday, May 17 to learn about American culture and Thai-U.S. relations. The students are part of an American English curriculum.They also learned about opportunities through the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and EducationUSA.

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The Opening Ceremony of TechCamp Thailand

On May 16, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond welcomed to Bangkok 60 participants from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to “TechCamp Thailand.” The theme for the U.S. Embassy sponsored camp is “Promoting Peace and Dialogue through Technology.” It features trainers from around the globe providing showcases and expertise on technologies such as online …

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EducationUSA Thailand team at Kamnoetwit Science Academy (KVIS)

The U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA Thailand team attended an Education Fair at Kamnoetwit Science Academy (KVIS) in Rayong province on Sunday, May 14. An EducationUSA advisor as well as an Officer from the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section spoke with over 200 parents and high school students about the application process for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics …

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Congressman Bill Johnson visited Bangkok

Congressman Bill Johnson from Ohio visited Bangkok May 12-13. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce and Budget Committees. During his visit, Congressman Johnson signed the condolence book at the Grand Palace and met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Minister of Energy Anantaporn Kanjanarat and several business leaders. Throughout his visit, the …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Program for Northeast and Southeast Asia

Application Deadline: June 9, 2017 The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition for environmental awards (up to $24,999) to support local and regional small-scale environmental projects in eligible countries in Southeast Asia.  Since Fiscal Year 2007, EAP and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and …

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Ambassador Davies visited Duang Prateep Foundation and Mercy Centre

Ambassador and Mrs. Davies traveled to nearby Khlong Toey to visit two charitable foundations that have been serving the city’s poorest children, elderly, handicapped, and other vulnerable communities for decades. During their visit to the Duang Prateep Foundation, they met with the children as well as with a highly trained volunteer team of firefighters and …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond visited Songkhla

In a visit to Songkhla province on April 28, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond and Mrs. Haymond interacted with Prince Songkhla University students and met with alumni of the Fulbright program. In order to achieve greater understanding of human trafficking and labor exploitation situation and Thai government’s efforts to address these issues, DCM Haymond …

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American Taste on The Beach

On April 28, U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Foreign Agricultural Service launched the American Taste on The Beach Burger Festival at Central Festival Pattaya. The event kicked off with The “Great American Burger Competition”, where ten chefs from Pattaya’s top burger restaurants battled each other with their own special menu created with U.S. beef, U.S. potatoes, California …

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American Arts Incubator on River Health

Using data sculpture to explore social and environmental issues in Bangkok June 2, 2017 Artist Talk, Friends of BACC Room, 6th floor, BACC June 3 – 22, 2017 Workshops at BACC June 22 – 30, 2017 Exhibition, Hall, 5th floor, BACC Join us for a workshop with new media artist, Scott Kildall, who will lead …

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Thai-U.S. Educational Cooperation Reception

On April 26, Ambassador Glyn Davies hosted alumni from Columbia University’s Teachers College at a reception to celebrate Thai-U.S. educational cooperation. Ambassador Davies spoke about the importance of the Thai-U.S. educational relationship and the U.S. Embassy’s support for ongoing educational development in Thailand, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Women in Science Roundtable

On April 26, Ambassador Davies hosted a group of female scientists, ranging from senior figures to Ph.D. students, from academia, government, and the private sector, to celebrate women in science and promote gender equality in science. Professor Geraldine Richmond, one of America’s most distinguished scientists, joined the roundtable and shared her experiences pursuing a career …

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Lower Mekong Initiative Young Scientist Networking Workshop

Ambassador Davies joined Somporn Vongvuthipornchai, the President and CEO of PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP), and colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 26 to kick off the inaugural networking event for young scientists from Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) partner countries. LMI is a partnership among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, the United …

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World Intellectual Property Day Panel Discussions – Innovation: Improving Lives

The U.S. Embassy celebrated “World Intellectual Property Day” on April 26 with an engaging panel discussion  in Bangkok featuring Thai inventors, and representatives from the government, private sector, and the United Nations centered around this year’s theme – “Innovation: Improving Lives.” In his opening remarks, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond emphasized the importance of …

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DCM Peter Haymond at Welcome Dinner for the Lower Mekong Initiative Frontiers of Science Education Workshop

Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond joined H.E. Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, the Minister of Education, and colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a welcome dinner for the Lower Mekong Initiative Frontiers of Science Education Workshop, being co-hosted by Thailand and the United States April 24-25 in Bangkok. The workshop brings together young science, …

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Applying to U.S. LL.M. Programs: Setting Yourself Apart

On Monday, April 24, EducationUSA Thailand hosted an info session: “Applying to U.S. LL.M. Programs: Setting Yourself Apart,” presented by Gabrielle L Goodwin, Director of Graduate Legal Studies and Lecturer in Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Students learned how to prepare their application, resume, and personal statement according to U.S. university …

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Ambassador Davies visited Mukdahan

On April 19, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies visited Mukdahan province. During the visit, he met with the Mukdahan Governor Sorasit Ritsorakrai to discuss the scope for development of the province, including plans for the special economic zone that covers three districts that border the Mekong River. Ambassador Davies also met volunteer American Citizen Services …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Songkran Festival – Thai New Year

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Songkran Festival – Thai New Year   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we send our warm wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the celebration of Songkran. We are committed to our enduring friendship with Thailand, a partnership that has spanned nearly …

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The Distinctive Flavours of America with American Food

Ambassador Davies joined food and beverage professionals across Bangkok April 7 to hear from Chef Chom, Executive Chef of the Pomodoro Group and Culinary Institute of America graduate, describe the best methods for pairing American foods and beverages based on his extensive experience at several Michelin Star restaurants. He was joined by Steve Bashore, a …

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International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2017

On April 4, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond joined LTG Prasopchai Kongburan, Director of the Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC), to commemorate International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Buachet District, Surin Province. The U.S. Embassy Bangkok and JUSMAGTHAI, through Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), have a close working relationship with …

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