Her Cultural  Diversity

Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue formed an important part of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana’s life and work. Born in London and raised in Boston, U.S.A. where her parents were pursuing higher education, she was subsequently educated in Bangkok, then after her father’s untimely death, lived for 16 years and obtained her education mainly in Lausanne and Geneva. She was naturally multilingual and interacted almost on a daily basis with multicultural individuals and communities, thus gaining a deep appreciation of cultural diversity and achieved a rather unique intercultural proficiency which she later used positively in various aspects of her work.

She had a deep appreciation of culture in a wider sense. An enthusiastic reader, she wrote, translated and edited a number of books in a wide variety of genres, both in Thai and French. She was also keen about history and archaeology, and traveled extensively, both privately and officially, to historical and World Heritage Sites in Thailand, Asia, Europe, America and Africa, accompanied mostly by academics and historians, and upon return, contributed to further discussions and travelogues. She embarked upon a series of private tours to Egypt, Kenya, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. She later accepted official invitations to visit many countries such as: Bhutan, China (7 official visits), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), France (3 official visits), Israel, Japan, Jordan, Russia (2 official visits), Singapore, Sri Lanka and Turkey. She promoted the interest and better understanding about all the countries she visited among the academic and cultural communities in Thailand, either through her subsequent travelogues or through Thai television’s coverage of the official travels.