Welcome to the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) and thank you for visiting our website.
The Anglo-Thai Society (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 in November. ATS is extremely grateful to our society patrons, H.E. The Thai Ambassador and The Lord Gedddes.
Tuesday, 10th May - 7:00 pm at The Royal Over-Seas League
David Fall CMG, former British Ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, will give a talk entitled “Released into the Community - recollections of an ex-Excellency”. The venue will be the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, off St James’s Street, London, SW1A. Doors will open at 7.00pm. A pay-bar will be available before and after the talk, which will begin at 7.30pm.
The talk will be a light-hearted examination of the more pantomime aspects of British diplomacy and will focus mainly, but not exclusively, upon David’s time as Ambassador in Thailand from 2003 to 2007. It will cover such burning issues as prominent Ambassadors in the 1970s and their dragon wives, over-blown egos, not climbing the Kremlin Wall, the country with the least respect for Excellencies, the perils of diplomatic uniform, dressing up a a wizard, living in a former brothel, unpredictable interpreters, Battersea Dogs’ Home and the end of a Golden Age.
The cost will be £15 for members of the Anglo-Thai Society and affiliated organisations, £18 for non-members, and £10 for students.
at The Royal Thai Embassy on 12th April, 2016
Dr Martin Seeger (Associate Professor of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds) presented his one hour documentary film to ATS members and their guests about Khunying Yai's outstanding contribution to Thai Buddhism during her time as a nun. This was followed by a short overview by Dr Seeger and refreshments. The event took place at the Royal Thai Embassy from 1830-2030 hours on Tuesday, 12th April.
The 50-strong audience thoroughly enjoyed what was truly a 4 year 'Labour of Love' for Dr Seeger. It was a fascinating account and we very much look forward to welcoming Martin back again at future ATS events.
The second ATS Spring Reception took place at the Oriental Club from 1830-2030 hours on Tuesday, 29 March.
The event was again well attended by members and guests alike with everyone not only enjoying the excellent food, drinks and surroundings but David Fall's narration of a fascinating slide show of the recent ATS visit to Laos and Thailand. As a result, both are likely to feature in future ATS Event Programmes.
Tuesday 29th March
Spring Reception at the Oriental Club. Click here for details and how to book
Tuesday 12th April
Premiere of the documentary film 'Lost in the Mists of Time' about “Khunying Yai Damrongthammasan” a forgotten, outstanding female Thai Buddhist practitioner and author. The film is by Dr. Martin Seeger, Associate Professor in Thai Studies at Leeds University and will be followed by a Q&A.. This event will be held at The Royal Thai Embassy. Click here for details and how to book
Tuesday 10th May
David Fall, former British Ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, will give a talk entitled "Released into the community : Recollections of an Ex-Excellency". The event will take place at 7.00 pm at the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, off St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1LR. Bookng details coming soon.
Monday 20th June
Summer Reception at the House of Lords. More information and booking details nearer the time.
Saturday 10th September
Thames Cruise with TAT. More information and booking details nearer the time.
October (Date TBC)
Talk on Old Siam by Narisa Chakrabongse through lenses of John Thomson, Photographer at Asia House. Details to follow.
Wednesday 14th December
ATS Christmas lunch at Nipa Restaurant
2017 (Dat TBC)
Celebrating ATS 55th Anniversary with a Gala dinner dance. Watch this space!
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Calendar of Events
Tuesday 12th April
Talk by Dr. Martin Seeger of the Thai Studies Centre, Leeds University. For more information and booking details, please click here
Tuesday, 10th May
7:00 pm. Talk by former Ambassador David Fall, 'Released into the Community - Recollections of an Ex-Excellency' at The Royal Over-Seas League. For more details and booking information please click here
Monday, 20th June
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Summer Reception in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords. Booking details coming soon