Thailand (/ˈtaɪlænd/ ty-land or /ˈtaɪlənd/ ty-lənd; Thai: ประเทศไทย, RTGS: Prathet Thai), officially the Kingdom of Thailand (Thai: ราชอาณาจักรไทย, RTGS: Ratcha Anachak Thai; IPA: [râːt.tɕʰā ʔāːnāːtɕàk tʰāj] , formerly known as Siam (Thai: สยาม; RTGS: Sayam), is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.
The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king of Thailand is titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of religions.
AIESEC Thailand History & Evolution
History (by Jarunee “Weaw” J .)
AIESEC was founded in Thailand in 1966 by AIESEC in Japan and Professor Dr. Puey Ungpakorn, the dean of the economics faculty of Thammasat University. AIESEC officially operated in Thailand in 1968. The Thai Economics Association, located at National Education Committee Office, was initially AIESEC in Thailand’s main supporter and advisor for administration and operation. After that, representatives from different universities began to establish AIESEC in their universities.
AIESEC Thailand had to shut down its operations in 1976 because of a political crisis, but resumed in 1977 with active participation in hosting several regional seminars and continuing to develop our organization in Thailand.
Here are some major events and our roles in the international stage.
1968 – Official Foundation
1972 – Host : International President Meeting
1981 – Host : ASEAN Motivation Seminar
1982 – Host : ASEAN Pacific Leadership Development Seminar
1988 – Host : ASEAN Motivation Seminar
1991 – Host : Asia Pacific Congress
1994 – Host : South Asia Leadership Development Seminar
AIESEC in Thailand now includes 4 Local Committees and 2 expansions.
AIESEC Alumni Thailand:
The alumni association is not legally registered. The alumni activities are mainly reunions and informal events driven locally, not nationally. The first attempt at establishing the alumni network was in 2007, when alumni from different generations reconnected, along with alumni from Japan who ran their businesses in Thailand. In 2008, we celebrated AIESEC in Thailand’s 40th anniversary and AIESEC International’s 60th anniversary in Tawanna Ramada Hotel, Bangkok.