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Thailand Post's History

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Phase 1: Capital Communications in the Early Days

The earliest communications came into being with the building of roads and other trade routes. News was spread through a network of merchants and traders, or carried by horse and rider, or passed on along a relay system of runners who would sprint from one major town to another. These relatively simple means of communication remained predominant right up to the founding of Bangkok. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was the first monarch to take an interest in corresponding in English with foreign heads of state and other dignitaries both in Thailand and abroad. This correspondence was a clever strategy for building vital alliances and friendships in Asia, Europe and beyond. In fact, this strategy contributed greatly to the King’s success in steering the Siamese ship of state safely through the stormy seas of Western imperialism and preserving his country’s independence. It was during King Chulalongkorn’s reign that Thailand’s first “postal business” came into being. Its inaugural service was the sale of stamps for delivering Thai-language newspapers around the capital, Bangkok. Soon, the value and importance of this new business became readily evident, and the Siamese government made plans to establish an official postal service in Bangkok. This, then, marked the true beginning of the country’s postal service.

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Phase 2: First Steps on the International Stage

The Thai postal service traces its origins back to the reign of King Chulalongkorn (RamaV), when the royal government established the Post Office Department and issued the country’s first set of stamps (“Solos”) and the very first postcards. The department and these initial products provided support for the growth of this budding new service. From the very start, the Thai postal service and all the people responsible for it have been intent on improving operations and expanding its range of services. Numerous projects have been implemented over the years. One of the earliest ones was to join the Universal Postal Union, enabling Thailand’s postal services to ship and receive mail to and from abroad. Employees were given special education and training to prepare them for work at the Post Office Department. Eventually, a postal and communications school was set up specifically for post office personnel, and a second post office building was constructed. Despite the turmoil that has shaken the country at different times in its history, the Post Office Department was never deterred from carrying out its mission to serve the Thai public. Even at the height of World War II, the Post and Telegraph Department operated without interruption, as ensuring the smooth flow of communications has always been seen as paramount.

รูป ยุคที่ 3 : อภิวัฒนาการไปรษณีย์ไทย

Phase 3: A Revolution in Thailand’s Postal Services

Regular participation in meetings of international bodies led to a series of changes in the country’s postal business and in the services it provided. For instance, the Civil Works Department ordered the merger of the Post Office and the Telegraph Departments to form the Post and Telegraph Department, helping to streamline the management of both government organizations. At this time, the postal service was under the supervision of the Civil Works Department, which signed an agreement on mail bag delivery routes covering all transportation routes. This made mail delivery faster and more convenient to all parts of the country. Thailand’s postal services went through their period of greatest and most rapid expansion during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in the early part of the 20th century. A total of 18 new post and telegraph offices were opened at important locations throughout the Kingdom. Motorized vehicles were used for mail delivery for the very first time, and domestic airmail services were also inaugurated. Because of this rapid growth, the Post and Telegraph Department had no choice but to move to out of its original premises and into its second facility, which was officially named the Central Post Office, a name which it has retained to the present day. After one of the most dramatic moments in the country’s history – Thailand’s shift from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional democracy – the Thai Post and Telegraph Department was confronted with another period of radical change. A raft of new laws affecting the organization’s operations was introduced, and royal decree ordered the government bureaucracy restructured. Certain activities that had been the purview of the Post and Telegraph Department were given the status of independent bodies. Efforts to make Post and Telegraph Department management more responsive and more efficient and to improve the quality of its services culminated in the passage of the Communications Act of Thailand (1976). This new law redefined postal operations and established the national post office as a state enterprise, a status it continues to enjoy today.

รูป ยุคที่ 4 : ธำรงพันธกิจเพื่อประชา

Phase 4: Fulfilling Its Mission to Serve the Public

The purpose behind the decision to designate the country’s post and telecommunications services as a state enterprise under the name of the Communications Authority of Thailand was to facilitate the growth and development of the country’s economy and to help improve the lives of the Thai people. The Post and Telegraph Department, meanwhile, continued to function as a government agency responsible for policy, planning, and the supervision of the country’s airwaves. Since its founding 25 years ago, the Communications Authority of Thailand, under the aegis of the Communications Ministry, has never stopped upgrading its technology, building better and more extensive communications networks, and improving the quality of its postal and telecommunications services. CAT has continuously lived up to its motto: A Nationwide Network Connected to Every Corner of the Globe. And to accommodate even further growth in the future, the Communications Authority has worked out of a new headquarters building on Chaeng Wattana Road at Laksi, Bangkok, since 1986. At present the Thai postal business has reached another major turning point in its long history, with CAT’s transformation into two sister companies: Thailand Post Co., Ltd. and CAT Telecommunications (Public) Co., Ltd. on August 14, 2003. Both companies are state enterprises under the auspices of the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications. This is another important milestone in the history of Thailand’s postal business, attesting to the capacity of postal employees to adapt to change and pull together as a team in the work of restructuring the organization and its operations. The postal service, in its new incarnation, is even more committed to meeting all the needs of the Thai public and, in this way, to ensuring its own long-term growth, profitability, and fiscal self-sufficiency.

รูป ยุคที่ 5 : ดำเนินวัฒนาเพื่อปวงชน

Phase 5: Moving Ahead to Better Serve Everyone

Today, Thailand Post Company Limited has dedicated itself to being the leader in the postal business and providing fast, efficient, reliable services that meet the needs of businesses and all levels and corners of Thai society. With its comprehensive network that includes over 1,200 post offices and 16 postal centers in Bangkok and the provinces, a professional staff, and the latest in communications technology, Thailand Post is confident of its ability to continue to prosper as an active player in the global postal system. Thailand Post is your best link with the rest of the world. We have a comprehensive range of quality services specially tailored to meet your every need.

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Thailand Post's History

In 1880, Chao Muen Samuhjairaj submitted a letter to propose the opening of a post office in Thailand to King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V). His Majesty agreed with the proposal and appointed His Royal Highness Somdetch Phra Chao Nong Ya Tho Chao Fa Bhanurangsi Swangwong Krom Luang Bhanuphandhuwong Wordej as the first Director-General of the Post Department in view of His Royal Highness’ experience in the distribution of the daily newspaper called “Khow Ratchakarn”, meaning the public service news. After well planned and prepared for the opening of the post office, HRH Bhanurangsi Swangwong proclaimed the inauguration of postal service on trial by accepting letters and books in both Phranakorn and Thonburi sides on 4th August 1883. The first post office was located in a large building by the Chaophraya river, at the northern side of Ong-Ang canal (now replaced by the bridge running parallel with the Memorial Bridge) and was also served as the Phranakorn district post office. The building was called “Praisaneeyakarn”, meaning the postal building. In 1898, the Minister of Public Works proposed that the activities of the Post Department and the Telegraph Department, which was founded earlier, were in the communication field, therefore, they should be merged as one unit to facilitate convenient operation. King Chulalongkorn agreed with the proposal and ordered the merger of the two government entities as “The Post and Telegraph Department”. The Post and Telegraph Department’s location was later moved to Charoenkrung road and has become widely known as “The Central Post Office.” Since postal service was a public service, it was prerequisite to determine regulations by which the public and postal officials would abide. Therefore, after a two-year postal operation, the government enacted in 1885 the Postal Act which was later abolished by the Postal Royal Enactment in 1897. The latter regulation was effective until it was amended and the Postal Act 1934 was enacted. The enforcement of the Post Act 1934 was supervised by the Commerce Minister. (Today, it is supervised by the Information and Communication Technology Minister and the Act has been effective to the present.) The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) was established on 25th February 1977 as a state-owned enterprise in accordance with the Communications Authority of Thailand Act 1976. Since her establishment, all aspects of postal operations including service provisions previously undertaken by the Post and Telegraph Department were transferred to the CAT and she has been responsible for the development of the postal service ever since. During the early days, the office of the CAT was at the Central Post Office and was later moved to Chaeng Watthana Road. The CAT had developed postal infrastructure and her operating system constantly and become one the leading state-owned enterprise in the Kingdom, renowned for her capability and service quality that had continually been kept up to the international standards. In relation to the state enterprise reform policy of the government, which intends to increase the efficiency of the public service sector to correspond with that of the private sector, the CAT is one among other state-owned enterprises that are deemed to be part of this reform policy. The Cabinet approved the transformation of the CAT on 8th July 2003 in accordance with the Telecommunication Development Master Plan and the Corporatization Act 1999. The CAT was separated and corporatized into 2 distinct business entities on 14th August 2003, which are the CAT Telecom Public Company Limited and the Thailand Post Company Limited.

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