Thai Food and Massage Rank Most Popular at Open House


On Saturday, 6 May 2023, the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Cultural Tourism, DC, organized the Thai Embassy Open House at the premises of the Embassy, as part of the “Around the World Embassy Tour” Passport DC Program. Over 3,000 visitors participating in the event enjoyed learning more about and experiencing Thailand and Thai culture.

Activities promoting Thai culture at the event included Thai performing arts (traditional dance and music), Muay Thai (Thai kick-boxing), Thai massage, Thai textiles fashion show, Thai food, Thai desserts, Thai drinks, Thai products, Thai non-profit organizations, a digital photo booth with scenic Thai landscapes, and a 190th Anniversary of Thailand-U.S. Diplomatic Relations Exhibition (1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce, historic documents illustrating contacts between the two countries, the story of the Siam Twins, Royal visits, sister city partnerships, and records about various buildings).  Team Thailand offices in Washington, D.C. joined in full force to organize and participate in the event alongside visitors, friends and colleagues.

According to a survey conducted by the Office of Higher Education, Science Research, and Innovation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC, out of the 430 visitors who participated, 90% visited the Thai Embassy Open House for the first time. An approximate 61% have not yet visited Thailand and 39% plan to visit Thailand within this year or the next, with Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi being the 4 most popular destinations. Visitors were also asked what they associated with Thailand and the answers included: food, culture, beaches, temples, massage, and Muay Thai, respectively.

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