The Kingdom of Thailand has several embassies in the United States. Thailand and the United states have been allies since their first treaty in 1833. Thailand was the first Asian country to forge diplomatic ties with America. The Royal Thai Embassy of Washington DC resides in the suburb of Georgetown.
The Washington branch of the Thailand embassies first opened in 1901. The embassy started in Virginia, moved a few times and then moved to their current site 1993. Their impressive building holds several consulate offices: foreign affairs, the military, commerce, finance, agriculture, science and technology.
The Royal Thai Embassy assists American tourists and businesses interested in traveling to Thailand. Travelers can apply for a visa that allows for sixty days of travel in a three-month period. Thai citizens can apply for state of the art electronic passports. Thai delegates also have the authority to administer the seal of the U.S. Department of State.
The Embassy library provides an impressive collection of Thai photos and books. The recently renovated collection room contains rare volumes about the literature and religion of this Southeast Asian country. Historians visit the library and search through documents pertaining to the U.S. and Thai alliance.
This consulate also offers community outreach programs. Their movie theater offers public screenings of award winning Thai films. Local schoolchildren visit the embassy and participate in lessons about Asian culture. The embassy also offers a sister program to connect Thai and American classrooms.