|Predecessor||Communications Authority of Thailand|
|Founded||14 August 2003|
|Headquarters||Lak Si, Bangkok|
|Samorn Terdthampiboon (President)|
|Revenue||25 billion baht (2016)|
|Profit||3.5 billion baht (2016)|
|Owner||Ministry of Digital Economy and Society|
Number of employees
Thailand Post (THP) (Thai: ไปรษณีย์ไทย Prai-sa-nee Thai), formerly part of the Communications Authority of Thailand until its privatization in 2003, is a state enterprise that provides postal services in Thailand.
It was established in 1883 as the "Department of Mail" by King Rama V. Its first post office was in a large building by the Chao Phraya River, on the north side of the Ong-Ang Canal. In 1898, by merging with the Telegraph Department, its name was changed to "Department of Mail and Telegraph". The department was abolished in 1977 and the country's mailing and telegraphing was assumed by the new government-owned company, "Communications Authority of Thailand" (CAT). In 2003, the government separated the communications authority into two companies, "Thailand Post" and "CAT Telecom".
In 2016 Thailand Post reported a net profit of 3.5 billion baht on revenues of 25 billion baht in 2016, up from 22 billion in 2015. It projects revenue of 26.9 billion baht with a net profit of 3.3 billion baht in 2017. The enterprise employs 24,000 persons nationwide.
Prior to the operation of Thailand Post, there was limited mail service, mainly for the royal family. Domestic mail travelled by messengers while international mail travelled by steamboat to post offices in nearby countries, such as the Straits Settlements.
The earliest recorded mail from Bangkok dates back to 1836 when American missionary Dan Beach Bradley sent a letter to his father in a stampless cover. The British Consular Post Office in Bangkok was established by Great Britain in 1858 as a consequence of a treaty signed between Great Britain and Siam (now Thailand) on 18 April 1855, in response to a demand by expatriate merchants and missionaries. It ceased to provide service on 1 July 1885, the day Siam joined the Universal Postal Union and started its own international postal service. During that time most of the mail from Bangkok was sent by diplomatic pouch to Singapore for forwarding. On 4 August 1883, the first stamp was issued in Siam.
- Postage stamps and postal history of Bangkok
- Postage stamps and postal history of Thailand
- Row Collection
- Thailand Post website
- Duncan Stearn (25–31 July 2003). "The beginnings of the Thai Postal Service, Part One". Pattaya Mail. Pattaya: Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. XI (30). A Slice of Thai History. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- Duncan Stearn (August 8–14, 2003). "The beginnings of the Thai Postal Service, Part Two". Pattaya Mail. Pattaya: Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. XI (32). A Slice of Thai History. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
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