The accomplishments of His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand over the last 65 years are astounding. His Majesty celebrates His Majesty’s 84th year and his 7th Cycle Birthday on December 5, 2011.
Father’s Day in Thailand is on December 5 because His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on December 5, 1927. He was the youngest son of H.R.H. Prince Mahidol and Mom Sangwalya. Now he is the undisputed “Father of All Thai People.”Thailand’s King is known and admired far beyond the borders of his own country for his success in raising Thailand from a undeveloped Third World country to a thriving, First World economy and the hub of South East Asia.Thailand’s thriving agriculture, tremendous exports, heavy manufacturing, ITenhancements, tourism of 17 million annual visitors and prominent place in the Association of South East Asian Community are all attribute to His Majesty the King.In 1946 the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, ascended to the throne. He is now the longest reigning monarch in the world. He is loved and respected by his people. In a world where few monarchies survive, Thailand is both unusual and fortunate. Fortunate because of having a King who has both far-reaching knowledge and generous compassion: and unusual because throughout each year of his reign, he has become more deeply loved and respected by his subjects.
He moved back to Thailand for good in 1951 after being well educated in the USA and Switzerland and now His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is undoubtedly the people of Thailand’s King; the Father of the Land. He is the first Thai King, and Thai individual, to see every single corners of his kingdom.
He has visited far-reaching places. His Majesty traveled each and every highway and road to know his people.
Where there were no roads, he used small planes or helicopters; where there were no places for helicopters or planes to land, he went by jeeps, horses, elephants and on many occasions when there was just no other way His Majesty hiked by foot to see and serve his people.
As an engineer he developed a system to provide electricity to places left dark before. He helped with irrigation problems as the majority of the Thai people were farmers, depending solely on their crops for their income.He installed irrigation systems for farmers and had his teams in Bangkok develop ways to increase rice productivity. With his visits, he brought medical teams as well as surveyors to plan the connection of all towns and villages, establishment of village leaders called “pua bans”, and set up a system for a “town crier” of sorts to report the time and daily announcements in each village by using megaphones and radio broadcasts.He has also eradicated the opium growing culture of many hill tribes of the north, and proposed substitutions with valuable crops. His idea to allow the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to lend assistance and training was vital to reduce crime and drug trafficking in Thailand’s area of the Golden Triangle.
During the financial crisis, the King had the answers to save Thailand. When the Asian Financial Crisis was about destroy Thailand’s economy, His Majesty made a Royal Proclamation asking for investment bankers from the USA to come and help the Bank of Thailand straighten out accounts so he could request IMF funding.Thailand was the first of the 11 “Tiger Economies” to ask for IMF funding. The first economy to qualify once the banks were weeded down and the stronger banks’ cash reserves were propped by new savings account customer deposits. Thailand was the first to Asian country to repay IMF funding by paying the loan back early.
Only until recently that the King has not been able to travel to the affected places due to health problems, nevertheless, his team has continued to visit and help out according to the King’s instructions. In addition, he has continued to contribute personal funds quick and fast to the needy, as seen most recently with the flooding disaster around the Kingdom in late 2011, when the King’s team was the first to act.
Five years ago His Majesty moved His Royal Residence from the Bangkok Royal Palace to His palace in Hua Hin. Two years ago, His Majesty decided to move to the care of hospitalization in Bangkok. From every venue His Majesty still cares for his people.