Students from District of Columbia’s Elementary School visit the Embassy on Valentine’s Day

Fifth-grader students from Hyde-Addison Elementary School, their teachers and representatives from Washington Performing Arts spent the Valentines’s morning at the Royal Thai Embassy with love and enthusiasm. Their visit to the Embassy was part of the 2018-2019 Embassy Adoption Program.

Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission Boosara Kanchanalai welcomed forty young guests and their teachers. She highlighted long-lasting, uninterrupted friendship and ties between the US and Thailand which started over two hundred years ago in spite of their geographical distance. The students later enjoyed a “Muay Thai” (Thai boxing) demonstration by Master of Muay Thai Sa-Ngob Putmoun from the Capital MMA in Alexandria, VA. Four American professional trainers explained the students of the unique attributes of Muay Thai, namely, giving strength to body and mind, finesse and arts. They showed the young spectators their Muay Thai skills as well as the “Wai kru ram muay” or a ceremonial dance that all boxers perform before each fight to show respect and gratitude to their teachers, trainers and parents.

The young guests also learnt how to prepare “Pla Gung Avocado” (Fusion Salad with Prawn and Avocado), Khao Kriab Pak Maw (Thai rice crepe). Their half day program concluded with Thailand’s famous “Pad Thai” (Stir Fried Noodle), Gai Pad Kaprao Kai Dao (Basil Chicken with Fried Egg), Thai Jasmine Rice and Thai snacks and coconut juice!

The Royal Thai Embassy has been partner to the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) since 1983.