“Fulfilling a long held ambition, I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1996. There were many other applicants wishing to join the MFA, which requires taking an examination conducted by the Public Service Commission — an independent constitutional body of Nepal. I passed the grueling exam and began work for the Ministry as a Section Officer, which is a junior officer rank,” said the Ambassador.
“I visited Thailand for the first time in 2016 while in transit. I stayed for two nights and was impressed by the experience. The second time was in November of 2018; I was on the way back to Nepal and stayed here for a night.
“When my government appointed me as Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam, I was very elated,” he said with a smile. “I began my term in Thailand on June 9, 2019. I came here with my wife and our two children. My wife attends to our domestic needs and frequently accompanies me at various diplomatic functions and events.
“Among other responsibilities I am also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). AIT specializes in engineering, advanced technologies, sustainable development, management and planning, which all are important areas for Nepal.
“Every day is unique for me with new tasks and dealings, so I can’t say I have a consistent daily routine. I spend most of my time on matters that contribute to strengthening and expanding the Nepal-Thailand relationship, which is already friendly and cooperative.
“Nepal and Thailand share a traditional and historic relationship, influenced by the philosophy of Buddhism. Thai people like to visit Nepal not only to pay respect to Lord Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini, but also to enjoy the unique cultural and natural diversity. Young Thai people like to go to Nepal for adventure tourism, which includes trekking, jungle safari and white water rafting among others. Of course, Nepal is also widely known for Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali), which at 8,848 meters, is the highest peak in the world.
“Since my arrival in Thailand I have enjoyed it here very much. Thai people are very friendly and cooperative.
There are many similarities in culture and family values between Nepal and Thailand, which bring our two countries closer. Nepal is a very diverse country in terms of culture, religion and nature. But there is no question that Buddhism has had a profound influence in our culture and outlook. I also enjoy my official duties and engagements in Thailand, meeting with people of both government and private sectors.
“All in all, I am very happy with my posting here. People often assume that it must be too hot and humid for me, but actually in the southern part of Nepal where I am from, the weather is quite similar. That is why I don’t feel much difference in terms of weather here. In Nepal, we have a very diverse climate: in the south it is tropical most of the year, in the central region the weather is moderate, and in the Himalayas it is always cold.”