At all times Thailand is home to a constantly changing cast of foreign diplomats and officials attached to diplomatic missions, as well as their families. They work at embassies, consulates and offices of international organizations. The latter are generally associated with United Nations-sponsored organizations. An important role of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is to assist these men and women in any way possible from their first day of arrival on Thai soil, and by all accounts they do an excellent job. The professionalism and dedication of the MFA is well known to governments around the world, and very much appreciated.
ACCORDING to MFA figures, 78 countries have embassies in Bangkok, staffed with close to 1,300 diplomats and officials who are registered with the ministry. The US embassy has a large percentage of these, almost equal to the combined numbers employed by the next four largest embassies of China, Australia, Japan and United Kingdom. Germany is in sixth place, followed by Russia. Around 700 spouses of diplomats and officials assigned to embassies in Bangkok also registered with the MFA as well.
Several sources say a number of foreign officials operating in Thailand are not registered with the MFA. These are most likely to be officials who are here for only a short time.
Some ambassadors who reside in Bangkok look after one or more other countries, mostly Thai neighbors but as far as the Philippines.