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Celebrate Loy Krathong at Budhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon

Sunday 2nd November

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ATS Day trip to Avebury World Heritage Site

Saturday, 4th October

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The Colours of Thailand Festival Westfield Mall Shepherds Bush
September 26th to 28th For details please click here
Tuesday September 16 , 2014
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The Colours of Thailand Festival at Westfield Mall, Shepherds Bush

26th to 28th September

The Royal Thai Embassy in corporation with Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, Thai Airways International, Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Office of Commercial Affairs and the Association of Thai Businesses in the UK will organise “The Colours of Thailand” festival at Westfield London (Shepherds Bush) between 26 – 28 September 2014.

The ‘Colours of Thailand’ festival will take place at the sprawling 1,000-square-metre Atrium Area of London’s largest indoor shopping centre. On Friday and Saturday, the festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. On Sunday, the event will start at 12 noon and finish at 6 p.m.

The festival aims to promote a better understanding of Thailand, Thai tourism, culture and Thai products to the British consumers. At present, more than 900,000 Britons travel to Thailand each year, making the British travellers among the top three visitors from the European Union to Thailand. As one of the biggest Thai festivals held in the UK, the Colours of Thailand will feature a host of premium quality Thai products, crafts, cuisine and services.

In cooperation with Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the Colours of Thailand festival will exhibit a fashion show of Thai silk and other textiles which will be up for sale as well. The demonstrations of food carving, cooking, dances and martial arts will also be on stage.

Moreover, the Royal Thai Embassy will showcase the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 display from Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand at the event. The splendours of the display such as a mock-up of the much revered Emerald Buddha, the Royal Barge, and images of the Thai and British royal families – revealing their close ties.

Visitors to the festival will get a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets from London-Bangkok-London by Thai Airways International and many more prizes.

The Colours of Thailand is free entry to all visitors.

Organised By : Royal Thai Embassy, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Thai Airways International, Tourism of Authority of Thailand, the Office of Commercial Affairs and the Association of Thai Businesses in the UK




Asia Business Champions: Learning the secrets of business success in Asia

Monday 5th June, 2014 08:30 - 10:30 at Asia House

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St London, W1G 7LP

ATS Executive committee member, Steve Buckley, will be one of the panelists at a presentation organised by Asia House.  The presentation will be delivered by Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Asia Regional Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit who will give an overview of some of the macro- and micro-economic developments from Asia.  Attendees will hear from business leaders whose firms epitomise the Asian Business Champion model, as identified in the recent Connecting Countries report by Telstra Global, Asia House Corporate Partner and global leader in telecoms and information infrastructure services.

The comprehensive presentation will cover the following:

  • Growth forecasts for Asia – profiling the fastest growing countries, understanding economic trends
  • Insights on the business environment across Asia
  • Asia on the horizon – key changes in the political economy between now and 2030

The discussions will be followed by a networking reception.

For further details please click here


Recent meeting with APPG-ASEAN at The House of Commons

Mike Weatherley MP, ChaIrman of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for ASEAN, held two meetings recently at the House of Common. ATS Executive members were invited to attend together with representatives from ASEAN London Council (ALC) and a delegation from British Chambers of Commerce from ASEAN Countries:

APPG-ASEAN - Wed 26th March

Meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of ASEAN Department Tom Dodd : who gave a brief summary and informative policy for the business investment in ASEAN.








Photo: Mike Weatherley MP in centre, H.E Pasan Teaprak Thai Ambassador, Vietnam Ambassador, Representatives from Indonesia and Philippines , Orapin Dawson and Ekachai Thapthimthong from ATS

APPG-ASEAN - Tue 1st April

Meeting with a delegation of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce BiSEA group (Britain in South East Asia) : Greg Watkins, Director was a key speaker. There were several BCC ASEAN members from Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Thailand etc.

Photo: APPG-BiASEAN meeting & reception : BCC Thai Team from left : Barry Nicholson BCCT/UKTI, Ben Raby UKTI Thailand,  Orapin Dawson  Chair ATS, Mike Weatherley MP Chairman APPG, Andrew McBean, BCCT and Nutthapol Na Sonhgkhla First Secretary Royal Thai Embassy.

The discussion on how to promote BiASEAN more effectively went very well with several input from various BCC countries. It was agreed that APPG will host the Launch event at the House of Common during the week commencing 23rd June 2104 (more details to follow). We were then all invited to have a pint & light lunch at the House of Common Terrace. Representatives from ATS were, Orapin Dawson, Steve Buckley and Greg Watkins.


Celebrate Songkran at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon

Sonkran Festival - Sunday 13th April, 2014 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5HJ

Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London.  The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage.








Free entry, all welcome.

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The History of Songkran

Songkran festival takes place in cities and villages across Thailand from the 13th – 15th April each year and is a water filled, fun packed national event that commemorates the important role of water in Thai social, cultural and spiritual life.  Songkran is celebrated during the peak of the summer heat wave in Thailand and traditional festivities include the bathing of Buddha images carried out at temples and homes across the country and children sprinkle water on their elders to pay respect. More modern celebrations have developed into large scale water fights from gardens and parks to busy streets and even from tuk-tuks as you make your way about. Visitors to Thailand are encouraged, and very welcome, to join in the fun with locals so if you are travelling to Thailand in April be sure to get involved and be prepared to get soaked!






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Obituary: Nitya Pibulsonggram

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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.

Date & Venue to be confirmed:

Educational Awards Presentation




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