Connecting People Through Goodwill and Friendship
Familiarization Programs

More and more people come from all over the world to work and live in Thailand in various capacities, including diplomats, teachers, NGO officers, reporters, and more. To help expats get a quick start in working and living in Thailand, the Thailand Foundation offers the Expatriate Orientation Program (EOP) twice a year.

The EOP offers a two-day comprehensive learning experience designed for foreigners to understand Thailand, Thai people, and Thainess. The sessions in the EOP will cover an overview of Thai values, Thai culture, history, economy, as well as lifestyle in Thailand.





What Will You Get?

Ways to Decode Thai Culture

Cultural differences can hinder a full experience of Thailand. Our course will help you see through the complexities of Thai society and give fresh realizations about local ways of life.

Connect Better with Thai People

Being friends with locals can complete your expat experiences. We will show you tips on ways to break the ice and deepen your friendship with Thais.

Fresh Perspective of Thailand

How did Thailand come to be, and where is it heading? Attendees will see how history shapes the country’s character, international stance, and ambitions for the future.


About the Sessions

The sessions are conducted by prominent speakers from different fields. Examples of the sessions that have been offered through the program include:

  • Prism of Thainess
  • Decoding Bangkok
  • Finding Your Lifestyle in Thailand
  • Appreciating arts in Thailand
  • Thailand Economy
  • How to make your stay in Thailand a successful and enjoyable one







How to Apply?

The EOP is hosted twice a year by the Thailand Foundation.

For date and application details, please contact

[email protected] or Tel. 02-203-5000 ext. 11031


Quotes from Past Attendees


H.E. Mr. Patrick Bourne (Ambassador of Ireland to Thailand)

“My wife, Sonali, and I, found EOP 2 to be extremely useful and thoroughly enjoyable.  We learned so much about Thailand and Thainess, and we made a lot of new friends.”     


H.E. Mr. David Daly (Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand)

“I was greatly impressed by the variety of sessions we had ranging from lectures to vibrant visual and musical media. It was all very stimulating and informative. I felt that I learned many small yet important things about Thailand, which I otherwise might not have discovered until much later in my posting, if at all.”  


H.E. Mr. Gustavo Alberto Martino (Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina)

“The speakers from [the program] were excellent and the entire two days offered a great balance of topics which kept the presentation very interesting and enjoyable.”


H.E. Mr. Pedro Zwahlen (Ambassador of Switzerland to Thailand)

“[The EOP] has provided me with very useful and enriching information about Thai culture and customs. [It] has contributed significantly to enhancing my professional as well as my personal experiences in Thailand.”