- What is the meaning of December the 5th for Thailand?
December the 5th is the date of birth of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or King Rama IX of Thailand. This date also marks the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand.
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born to HRH Prince Songkhla Mahidol and Mom Sangwan on December 5, 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Therefore, he has turned 87 years old today. Today, Thailand celebrated the 87th Birthday Anniversary of their King nationwide. The Thai communities abroad celebrated the same event worldwide.
Furthermore, as HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej acceded to the throne on June 9, 1946, or 68 years ago, HM is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.
What do the Thais do to express their love and loyalty of the King?
Thai nationals in Thailand and around the world celebrate this occasion to honor their beloved King in recognition of his devotion and hard work for the Thai people. The Thais call December the 5th as the “Father’s Day.” Activities in celebration are numerous; their loyalty is immense.
HM’s royal projects are as many as 4,400 in number have improved the livelihood of the Thai people. The royal projects, the first one originated since 1952, have touched on virtually all-round aspects of life: irrigation; agriculture; environment; vocational training; public health; communication and transportation; social welfare and education; and integrated developments.
The successes of these projects have been acknowledged as “best practices” nationally and internationally, and in effect laying the foundation for a new philosophy of sufficiency economy.HM’s contribution is appreciated worldwide. On May 26, 2006, HM was presented with the first ever Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award by Mr. Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations.
How do you assess the level of relations between Thailand and Romania?
Excellent! The two countries have established diplomatic relations since June 1, 1973. Thailand has opened its Embassy in Bucharest for over 30 years. Members of Royal Families have exchanged visits to each other’s countries during the past years.
Diplomatically, the two countries share the same values for democracy, human rights, peace and prosperity from market economy and free trade.
Bilateral trade which is presently at the volume of a few hundreds of million Euros, however, has yet to expand and increase — benefiting from full potentials. Thus far, I have encouraged authorities in Bangkok to send more trade missions to explore more possibilities here. I have recommended that besides concentrating on its own region, the two sides should reach out and get acquainted.
What are the priorities with regard to the initiatives you have taken to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries?
As the Ambassador of Thailand, I have put priority on two major areas, which are cultural exchange and tourism between the two countries while strengthening the overall bilateral relations. These two areas are important because they “begin with the people”, deal with people and go toward other people. Such a unique characteristic of friendliness among the Thais makes Thailand known as the “Land of Smiles.”
During my first nine months of diplomatic service in Bucharest, the Royal Thai Embassy organized a number of activities, besides participating in functions, alone or with Romanian authorities, as follows: “Songkran” Water Festival (April); Thai Festival (June, with Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum); Golf Tournament and Thai Food Promotion Festivals on 6 occasions with Tourism Authority of Thailand; HM Queen of Thailand 82nd Birthday Anniversary (August); and Thai Food Cooking Class and Romanian Wine and Gastronomy (September, with National Authority for Tourism of Romania)
In 2015, we look forward to organizing and participating in activities like the above and more in Bucharest and other cities of Romania.
I am confident that through cultural exchange, people’s contacts and tourism, the peoples of Thailand and Romania will know one another more. The mutual knowledge will strengthen the amicable relationship and cooperation for the interests of the two countries, which have yet to be fully promoted.
What are your comments on the “touristic treasures” of Thailand and Romania?
Amazing Thailand has much to offer: Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, spectacular islands and some of the best beaches in the world, where you can sunbathe, swim, snorkel or scuba. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delicious Thai food, Thailand features a modern capital city and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “Land of Smiles” reputation.
As to Romania, I would like to welcome Thai tourists to visit your country. Romania is renowned for its historical and cultural places, wonderful landscapes, scenery, sports, wines and gastronomy, spa treatment, etc. Thai people will be surprised to explore the beautiful Romania — the Carpathian Garden.
What is the message of the Thai people to the Romania people?
On behalf of the Thai people, I wish to express sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Romania for understanding developments in Thailand at present. Thailand is on the road to coming back stronger and more confident to be a very active participant in world community as before.
On the occasion of the National Day of Romania on December 1, 2014 and New Year Day, I wish to extend best wishes and congratulations to the Romanian people for the continued progress in the right directions toward stability and greater prosperity of Romania.