Further to the announcement of the passing of His Majesty the King Bhumibol on October 13th, 2016, the Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok offers its most sincere condolences to the Royal Family and to the Thai people.
The Thai authorities have declared a national mourning. It is highly advisable to respect this mourning and to follow the instructions of the authorities related to that matter.
The Embassy recommends to the Belgian nationals to remain informed by consulting the travel advice for Thailand of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs that is regularly updated (in French or in Dutch) as well as the local media.
The Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok informs you that on the occasion of the royal cremation of HM Bhumibol Adulyadej, the services of the Embassy will be exceptionally closed to the public on 26 October 2017.
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Message of the Ambassador
Dear Fellow Belgians,
My predecessor ambassador Marc Michielsen has returned to Brussels to assume new responsibilities in the Foreign Ministry, and I arrived in Bangkok on 16th December as official representative of our country to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
I am looking forward to being in contact with you in the coming months. I know already a part of this wonderful region of the world, as I served as ambassador to Singapore and to Brunei in 2002-2005. After that, I had several years of very interesting experiences with the UN system, first in Paris (ambassador to UNESCO, and then Chief of Staff of the Director General of UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova), and then in New York as Director of UNESCO’s office to the UN. I was called back to Brussels, in July 2013, to take part in the team that assisted Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in the first years of Their Reign.
All the interlocutors whom I met in Belgium before arriving in Bangkok, underlined the positive elements in their relationship with Thailand, be it in the economic, social or cultural fields, or from the civil society practitioners. And it was also the case from Belgian citizens I’ve met and who took the decision to spend a part of their life in this beautiful and friendly country.
The entire team of the Embassy joins me in wishing you a very successful and happy New Year 2017!
Ambassador of Belgium in Bangkok