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Bhutan–Thailand relations


Bhutan–Thailand relations

Bhutan–Thailand relations
Map indicating locations of Bhutan and Thailand



The bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Bhutan and Kingdom of Thailand were established in 1989. Thailand is one of the only 25 nations with formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan.[1]


  • History 1
  • Cultural ties 2
    • Friendship park 2.1
  • References 3


Former Prime Minister Kinzang Dorji of Bhutan (left) with Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont of Thailand at a meeting in Bangkok in 2007. Bhutanese Prime Minister is wearing the traditional clothing.

Established in 1989, the diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand have grown stronger over the years. Both nations have many features in common. Located in Southeast Asia, both nations have a monarchy system. Both Bhutan and Thailand have Buddhist-majority populations, with a strong Buddhist heritage and culture. Thailand has established a consulate in Bhutan, but also uses its embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh to coordinate its relations with Bhutan and its activities there.

Cultural ties

In recent years, there has been a significant growth in tourism between the two nations. Bhutan and Thailand also promote cooperation in the field of education.[2] Several Thai universities, including the Prince of Songkla University and the Rangsit University, have Bhutanese students.[2][3] Thai universities provide scholarship programs to attract Bhutanese students.[3]

Friendship park

In 2006, Bhutan's Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck inaugurated Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 exposition in northern Thailand to mark the 60th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Bhutanese government developed the garden at the cost of ฿ 10 million.[4]

On November 10, 2009 the Embassy of Thailand in Dhaka launched the "Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Park" in collaboration with the city corporation of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.[5] The park was aimed to celebrate both the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and the anniversary of the coronation of the fifth King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.[5] The park is to be administered by the Thimphu city corporation.[5] The inauguration function also celebrated the 54th birth anniversary of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan and the 82nd birth anniversary of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand.[6]


  1. ^ "Bilateral relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b Kinley Wangchuk (2010-05-10). "Why Bhutanese trade with Thais". Bhutan Observer. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b "PSU supports human resources development, offering graduate scholarships to Bhutanese students". Prince of Songkla University. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ Mai, Chiang (November 25, 2006). "Bhutan prince charms fans at floral expo". The Nation. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Park". Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Combined Thai-Bhutan celebrations". Kuensel Newspaper. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
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