Anyone can join. About a fifth of the membership are correspondents and journalists. The remainder range from diplomats to NGO workers, retirees to students. The fees vary according to category but the highest rate – for associate members – is still only baht 6,500 per annum.
How many members?
The FCCT has over 800 members.
What are the approximate membership demographics?
Ages range from 16 to 96 originating from most corners of Earth.
What are the main benefits of FCCT membership?
Free entrance to almost all events; 25% discount on F&B of good quality and reasonably priced; welcoming staff; great networking; informative and interesting events; outdoor terrace; access to books written by members; excellent working space on the fly.
What events does the FCCT host?
The FCCT usually hosts three events a week including Monday night documentaries, Wednesday night panel discussions, as well as various report and book launches. Topics range from politics (local, regional and international), to business, human and animal rights, and environmental issues.There are also more cultural evenings, sometimes built around a particular author or noteworthy individual. The FCCT also hosts lighter events: sake and craft beer tasting, plays, and tango nights, and has a children’s hour on Friday afternoons.
Over the course of over 60 years, the FCCT has welcomed countless famous speakers including world leaders, politicians, pundits, adventurers, writers, actors, directors, activists, sports people, and more – and many of their pictures can be viewed in the entrance area.
The FCCT has reciprocal arrangements with 29 clubs around the world including the FCC Hong Kong, FCC Tokyo, the National Press Club in Washington, and the Frontline Club in London.
Who’s in charge?
Good question. The FCCT is managed by an executive board elected each year with no member allowed to hold the same position for more than two consecutive years. The main board forms committees to manage various aspects of the club including programmes, publicity, finance, membership, and professional matters. Daily operations are managed by the general manager and his friendly staff.
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330.
Tel: 02 652 0580
Web Site: www.fccthai.com
The FCCT is open Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday, and on public holidays
Clubhouse: 10am - 11pm. Restaurant: 11am - 09pm.
Bar: 11am - 11pm.
Office: 10 - 7pm (8pm on programme nights).
Directions from Chitlom BTS:
When exiting the BTS, head toward exits 1, 2 and 6. Make the first left off the skywalk toward the Yamaha music store to enter the Maneeya Center. The FCCT is located on the penthouse floor one building in from the main road. Turn left at the Olympus Camera store and take two flights of stairs down one floor. Turn left and walk down the ramp, making an immediate left at the bottom on the mezzanine floor of the inner building. Take one of four elevators to reach the penthouse.
Directions from Sukhumvit Road
Enter the Maneeya Building from street level underneath the BTS skywalk. Walk through the building past two exits towards the car park on your left to the glass-enclosed lift lobby on the left beside a Siam Commercial Bank branch. Take the elevator up to the penthouse floor.
Arriving by road:
Approach from the direction of BTS Phloenchit station and Wireless Road keeping to the left of the BTS SkyTrain pillars. Turn left into the driveway of the Renaissance Bangkok hotel after passing the traffic lights at the Lang Suan junction and Mater Dei school. Bear right at the fork instead of continuing to the hotel, and follow the road round to park outdoors at ground level. The main entrance to the building and lift lobby are beside a Siam Commercial Bank branch.