Welcome to the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) and thank you for visiting our website.
The ATS was founded in 1962 to help promote good relations between the UK and Thailand. It currently has around 300 members with an interest in Thailand's people, culture and its business relations. Throughout the year the society organises various events and activities of interest to our members. The two principal Anglo-Thai Society events each year are the Summer Reception at the House of Lords in June and The Presentation of Educational Awards at the Oriental Club in November.
On Wednesday 13th August, members of the ATS Executive Committee gave a farewell lunch for the Thai Ambassador H.E. Pasan Teparak at The Kingston Place. The Ambassador very much appreciated the gesture and the society's best wishes were extended for his return to Thailand.
A Talk by Teddy Spha Palasthira on his book 'The Last Siamese'
On 5 August 2014 about 30 members and guests attended another of the ATS’s literary evenings, this time a talk at the Suda restaurant by Teddy Spha Palasathira on his latest book, “The Last Siamese”.
Teddy Spha Palasathira is a man of many parts : after an education in the UK and Europe, a stint in the Thai diplomatic service, a career in advertising, appointments as Professor of Global Marketing Communications at the Missouri School of Journalism and an honorary Barrister- at- Law at Middle Temple, London, Teddy is now into his fourth career as a writer. After producing two books on advertising, he recently wrote “Addresses”, a fascinating account of his memories of his childhood in wartime England.
“The Last Siamese”, an anthology of stories about 11 Thais – So Sethabutra, Kamsring Srinawk, Dr. Samarn Muntharbhorn, Colonel Vicha Dhitavat, Captain Pravas Choomsai, Prince Bira, Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram, Nai Lert, Prince Subha Svasti, Chamkat Balungara, Boonpong Sirrivejjapan – and a Briton, Captain Hercules Dennis.
Teddy spoke briefly about each of them. Taken together, they are The Last Siamese, exceptional characters, some who changed the course of history, many who were highly controversial, and others, brave, unsung heroes, who did their best.
After the talk, Teddy and his wife Manuela joined the audience for a delightful dinner at the Suda restaurant, with Thai wines kindly sponsored by Monsoon Valley.
The combination of a literary talk, followed by a meal, is proving a popular formula, which the ATS aims to repeat. We look forward to welcoming Teddy back again in due course, to talk about his new project, a book on the time that the Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, spent in Thailand.
“The Last Siamese” is published by The Post Publishing Public Company Ltd., Bangkok, and is available through Post Books Online, Amazon and other outlets.
25% discount now on offer to ATS members
For a discounted copy of this fascinating book, members should telephone Chris Shelley from River Books on 020 7229 6765 between 11am - 5pm Monday-Friday to order a copy at the reduced price of £7.50 incl postage.
About the Book: Henry Gittins, born in 1858, went to Canada as a young adventurer where he started his career as a railway engineer. In 1885, he joined a survey team in Siam aiming to develop a national railway system. He spent thirty-three years there, progressing to the highest position in the Siamese Railway Department. Amongst his many achievements was the discovery of Hua Hin and his heroic construction of the Southern Railway line, which opened up the southern peninsula to travel and development.
During his time in Siam, Henry Gittins kept a series of diaries which not only give a first hand account of the difficult and dangerous conditions surrounding the construction of railways at that time but also a fascinating picture of the emergence of Siam (now Thailand) into the modern world.
'On Track' is an affectionate tribute from the author to the grandfather that he never met but whom he got to know and appreciate through the diaries that had been left him.
ATS is also delighted to announce that the author has kindly agreed to do a talk on the book for members, more details of which will be announced soon.
Saturday 4th October
ATS is planning a visit to Avebury Stone Circle and Avebury Manor in Wiltshire. Transport will be by coach from and to London, with other possible pick-up points on the way. In addition to Avebury, the day is likely to include a visit to the historic market town of Marlborough, where the broad High Street will be taken over by the traditional Mop Fair, and tea in a village near Marlborough. Details to follow.
Presentation of Educational Awards - date to be confirmed
Friday 12th December
Christmas Lunch at Nipa Restaurant
More details on all these events coming soon
Calendar of Events
Saturday 4th October
Visit to Avebury World Heritage Site Click here for more details and how to book
Sun. 2nd November
Loy Kratong Festival at Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon.
Tues. November 18th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Educational Awards Presentation at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, 28 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1PT