ATS extends its deepest condolences over the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
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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.


Postponement of Talk on recent developments in Thai politics - by Professor Duncan McCargo

The talk on recent developments in Thai politics scheduled to be given on Tuesday 1st November 2016 by Professor Duncan McCargo has been postponed until after the initial period of mourning for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Members will be notified in due course of a new date for the talk. Members who have already paid for their tickets will be contacted individually about a refund.


Eminent Film Producer, Mr. Iain Smith OBE, to be keynote speaker at 2016 ATS Education Awards Ceremony

ATS is delighted to announce that the eminent film producer, Mr Iain Smith, will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 ATS Education Award Ceremony to be held on Friday, 25th November at The Oriental Club.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he is one of the UKs most experienced film producers.   In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film. He was made an OBE by HM the Queen in 2008, and has recently (2016) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Edinburgh Napier University.

Iain Smith has produced many successful and award winning films around the world, including Thailand where he filmed ‘The Killing Fields’ and also ‘Alexander the Great’. His most recent film (2015) is the six times Oscar winning “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

In 2013 he was presented with an award in recognition for promoting Thailand as an International Film Making Destination. He has served on the boards of the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, the Joint board of Creative Scotland and the Children's Film and Television Foundation. He has been a Governor of the National Film and Television School and Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently Chair of the British Film Commission, the Film Industry Training Board, and the Creative Skillset Film Skills Council.

Iain is a patron of the London Film School and sits on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Screen Media Academy, the Media Academy Wales and is a board member of the Production Guild of Great Britain.

It is a great honour and privilege to have him as a keynote speaker at this year's Award Ceremony.  More details on the event coming soon.



Talk by former Ambassador David Fall, 'Released into the Community - Recollections of an Ex-Excellency'

This event has now SOLD OUT

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 Jamess 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 Davids 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.

To book a place for this event, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque made out to the Anglo-Thai Society to Trevor Knox, 62A Dore Road, Sheffield, S17 3NE



Updated 2016 ATS events for your diary:

Saturday 10th September 
Thames Cruise with TAT.

Friday, 25th November 
ATS Educational Awards at The Oriental Club

Wednesday 14th December 
ATS Christmas lunch at Thai Tho Restaurant Soho

Friday 20th October, 2017
Save the date.  Celebrating ATS 55th Anniversary with a Gala dinner dance at The Lancaster Hotel.


Premiere of the documentary film 'Lost in the Mists of Time' folllowed by Q&A by Dr. Martin Seeger, Associate Professor of Thai Studies at Leeds University

Khunying Damrongthammasan: Thailand’'s Remarkable Female Dhamma Practitioner” (in Thai with English subtitles)

at The Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queen's Gate, London from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Based on his long-term research on the remarkable life and literary work of Khunying Damrongthammasan (1882-1944), together with a Thai team Dr Seeger has produced a 60 minute documentary film that will be shown to the public for the first time. This film is about the wrongful authorship attribution of an important Buddhist treatise, which was formerly believed to have been written by one of Thailand’s most famous and influential monks. Dr Seeger and his Thai colleague have recently demonstrated that this treatise was in fact authored by the hitherto little-known devout Buddhist woman, Khunying Damrongthammasan (Yai Wisetsiri). The film tells the story of Khunying Yai’s inspiring Buddhist practice and her Buddhist texts, which are widely regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist scholarship. (The BBC reported on Dr Seeger’s findings on the wrongful authorship attribution of Khunying Yai’s texts: see

About Dr Martin Seeger


Dr Seeger is Associate Professor of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds. From 1997-2000 he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in northern Thailand and subsequently earned his MA and doctorate in Thai Studies at the University of Hamburg. He has done research on the biographies and veneration of Thai female Buddhist practitioners, Thai Buddhism and environmentalism, Human Rights in Thai Theravada Buddhism and development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand.

The film will take approximately 60 mins followed by a Q & A and light finger food.  Entry charge £15.00, Students £10.00.

To book a place for this event, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send cheque to Trevor Knox, 62A Dore Road, Sheffield, S17 3NE.o boo


ATS Spring Reception at The Oriental Club

Tuesday, 29th March 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Following the successful event last year, the Spring Reception will take place in the convivial surroundings of the Oriental Club (Tel: 020 7629 5126). This is located in Stratford House, at the far end of Stratford Place, which leads off Oxford Street (North side), immediately opposite Bond Street underground station.

The event will provide an opportunity for you to meet members of the Committee and to hear about events planned for 2016.  We also hope that there will be an opportunity to show some slides and talk about the highlights of the February tour of N E Thailand and Laos.

The cost of the Reception, to include drinks and a light buffet, is £30 for Members, £35 for Guests and £25 for Junior Members and members of Samaggi Samagom. NO TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED.  Entry will be restricted to Members and their nominated Guests.

Please note that Gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie, and the Club has a strict rule that mobile telephones must be switched off.  Cameras may only be used in the room of the Reception.

Please complete the application form which can be downloaded below, and return to: Mr E (Tui) Thapthimthong, 1A Washington Road, Barnes, London  SW13 9BG.  He can also be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by phone/fax at 020 87410393.

Download booking form here

Final date for booking is 24th March.  Please note that tickets must be paid for in advance of the Reception, and are not refundable.


ATS Educational Awards for Excellence 2015

Last year's winners

Friday, 27th November

ATS members are warmly invited to attend the presentation of the 2015 Education Awards, followed by refreshments and canapés.  The event will be held at the Office of EducationalAffairs 28 Prince’s Gate London SW7 1QF at 6:30 pm is no charge, but reservation is essential. Please click here for more details.


ATS Thailand and Laos Tour 2016

13 days/12 nights – Treasures of Isaan and Laos - 16th February-1st March

Following the very successful tour to Thailand in 2014, ATS has planned another trip in 2016 also taking in Khao Yai, Chaiyaphum, Loei, Nong Khai, Vientiane, and Luang Prabang.   Once again organised by Surreal holidays this promises to be another
 enlightening travel experience.

To download the full itinerary, please click here

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Calendar of Events

There are no events planned for October

Tuesday, 1st November

Talk on 'Contemporary Political Developments in Thailand' This event has been postponed until after the initial period of mourning for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Members will be notified in due course of a new date for the talk.

Friday, 25th November 6:30 pm

ATS Education Awards Presentation at The Oriental Club


Wednesday, 14th December

ATS Christmas Lunch at Thai Tho Restaurant Soho - 12:30 pm



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