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Thailand–United Kingdom relations

Thailand-United Kingdom relations
Map indicating locations of Thailand and United Kingdom


United Kingdom

Bilateral relations between Thailand and the United Kingdom date to the 17th century. Thailand has an embassy in London and the UK has an embassy in Bangkok.


In 1608, an English captain William Keeling met an ambassador of King Ekathotsarot of Siam in Bantam (city). During the 17th century the English East India Company first arrived and established factories in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In 1612, British merchants delivered a letter from King James I to King Ekathotsarot in regards to trade and establishing relations. The British merchants were welcomed warmly by the King. Later, in the 19th century, Britain became, along with France, one of the two major colonial powers exerting pressure on Siam, when it colonised Burma and Malaya to Siam's west and south. During this period, Britain gained significant concessions from Siam through various treaties, including the Burney Treaty in 1826 and the Bowring Treaty in 1855, which remained in effect until after the first World War. Britain directly and indirectly had a massive amount of influence on Siam's modernisation during the late 19th early to early 20th centuries, and the two countries remain important trade partners to the present day.[1]


  1. ^ Wyatt, David K. (2003). Thailand : a short history (2. ed.). New Haven [u.a.]: Yale Univ. Pr. ISBN 9780300084757. 

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