Thailand Post itself deemed 2021 “The Year of Challenges” and I do agree.  For myself living in the southern province of Phuket, it has indeed been a challenge to cope with daily life and philately has not been possible for much of the year.  A third wave of COVID-19 began in early April and very soon the country surpassed the total cases and death accumulated since the very first cases arrived in Thailand in January 2020.  The kingdom had been congratulating itself on how successfully it had survived nearly a year and a half of the pandemic just prior to the complete shutdown of Bangkok. This began a domino effect much of the rest of Thailand returning to massive restrictions.

By the end of May, there was no international mail service and Phuket pretty much closed itself off from the rest of the country (easy to do as the entire province is Thailand’s largest island). Domestic arrivals by land (a bridge from the mainland), sea and air have only just resumed a month ago. The only local source which sells Thailand’s new commemorative stamps (the Phuket Philatelic Museum adjacent to Phuket Town’s main post office) remains closed. 

As a result, I have been unable to purchase ANY Thai stamps since last April.  The release schedule also changed a few times over the course of the last six months with several issues being postponed and others dropped completely.

This article illustrates the stamps that were actually released since the Vesak Bucha issue of 19 May.  Unfortunately, all of the images are taken from Thailand Post promotional material (including the Thai Postal Museum Facebook page) rather than scans of my own purchases. Now that the mail is once again arriving from Bangkok, I hope to be able to catch up on my own collection sometime in the New Year either by ordering from Thailand Post itself or from online dealers.

I probably will not be able to track down some of the more limited items such as the elusive “I Am Vaccinated” mini-sheet.  This was basically a reprint of last year’s COVID-19 pair with a decorative border, supposedly available at a few Bangkok post offices upon proof of a second vaccination. The 2020 stamps were also used in a number of other “souvenir” items produced by Thailand Post such as the framed sheet and first day cover seen at the top of this article.

19

May

2021

Issue #1212. Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day) Postage Stamps

Date of Issue : 19 May 2021
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 40.5 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designs
3.00 Baht (Design 1) : Flowers of sacred garlic pear
3.00 Baht (Design 2) : Sacred lotuses
3.00 Baht (Design 3) : Flowers of Ceylon ironwood
3.00 Baht (Design 4) : Flowers of Indian coral tree
Designer : Mr. Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : Cartor Security Printing, France
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 24.00 Baht
Souvenir Sheet : 25.00 Baht

 

By the time of the Vesak Day release date, most of Bangkok was under lockdown.  Soon afterwards, the international processing center at Suvarnabhumi Airport was closed for deep-cleaning because of cases detected amongst the workers there.  Most post offices in the center of the nation closed soon afterwards and incoming mail was halted.

A set of five stamps were scheduled to be released on 26 April at the opening ceremony of the new Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital but these were postponed due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the city. The designs appeared in advertising connected to the annual late July issue for King Vajiralongkorn’s birthday and it was reported that they would be issued at the same time.  However, they were postponed again as mid-July saw the first time the Kingdom surpassed 10,000 cases in a single day.  The issue marking the Queen’s Mother birthday on 12 August ended up being postponed until late October as the Third Wave continued to ravage Thailand.


28

July

2021

Issue #1213. H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 69th Birthday Anniversary Commemorative Stamps

 

Date of Issue : 28 July 2021
Denomination : 10.00 baht (1 Design) and 5.00 baht (1 Design)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 36 x 51 mm (Vertical) and 51 x 36 mm (horizontal)
Designer : Ms. Mayuree Naknisorn (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 26.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

 


 

28

July

2021

Issue #1214. The Glorification of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand Commemorative Stamps

 

Date of Issue : 28 July 2021

Denomination : 5.00 Baht (2 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 36 x 51 mm (Vertical)
Designer : Mr. Thaneth Ponchaiwong (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 20.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numerous changes to the Stamp Programme were made in August and September with issues postponed or cancelled outright. The 2020 COVID-19 stamp pair was used in quite a few promotions during this time with small packets of the stamps sold on cards promoting safe social distancing practices. Several framed products were sold by Thailand Post during those same months including one featuring the very limited four-stamp mini-sheet issued at the same time (14 August 2020) as the standard 10-stamp sheet but only at a single location. Needless to say, these sold out rather quickly.

 

Beginning on 2 September, a special miniature sheet including the two 2020 COVID-19 stamps were available at one or two Bangkok vaccination sites as a gift upon receiving a second injection of vaccine. I have been told these were also either sold or given away at a few Bangkok post offices upon presentation of the vaccination certificate.

21

September

2021

Issue #1217. Buddhist – Christian Fellowship Postage Stamps

Date of Issue : 21 September 2021
Denomination : 5.00 Baht (2 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 60 x 48 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Mr. Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : In Progeess
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 4 stamps (2 Different designs)
First Day Cover : 20.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Issue with Vatican City.
Interfaith Dialogue Efforts of Pope Francis , issued on 22 February 2022.

2,40 euro stamp depicts Pope Francis and Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana IX

 

09

October

2021

Issue #1218. Crabs Postage Stamps

Date of Issue : 9 October 2021
Denomination : 5 Baht (4 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Ms. Mayuree Narknisorn (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 32.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Thailand Post postcards were also made for the “Crabs” issue in limited quantities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

09

October

2021

Issue #1219. World Post Day 2021 Commemorative Stamp

Date of Issue : 9 October 2021
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
Size : 40 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Mr. Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 12.00 Baht

 

22

October

2021

Issue #1216. H.M. Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother’s 89th Birthday Anniversary Commemorative Stamp

 Date of Issue : 22 October 2021
Denomination : 9.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
Size : 36 x 51 mm. (Vertical)
Designer : Ms. Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : Cartor Security Printing, France
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 18.00 Baht

 

11

November

2021

Issue #1221. 90th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand-Switzerland Commemorative Stamps

Date of Issue : 11 November 2021
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 Designs)
Quantity : 400,000 pieces per design
Size : 40 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Acting Lt. Patipol Sorging (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited (Thailand)
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps (Different designs)
First Day Cover : 16.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

November

2021

Issue #1220. 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand-Pakistan Commemorative Stamps

 Date of Issue : 15 November 2021
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Ms. Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps (Different designs)
First Day Cover : 16.00 Baht

 

 

 

 

This had been planned as a joint issue with Pakistan.  However, the latter country cancelled their issue just one day prior to the scheduled release date.  Some collectors created their own (unofficial) designs, three of which appear below:

15

November

2021

Issue #1223. New Year 2022 Postage Stamps

Date of Issue : 15 November 2021
Denomination : 3 Baht (4 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 24 x 29 mm. (Vertical)
Designer : Ms. Mayuree Narknisorn (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 16 stamps (Different designs)
First Day Cover : 24.00 Baht

 

05

December

2021

Issue #1204. World Soil Day Commemorative Stamp

Date of Issue : 5 December 2021
Denomination : 9.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
Size : 51 x 36 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Mr. Thaneth Ponchaiwong (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 18.00 Baht

 

 

 

A limited quantity of the Soil Day stamp (as well as the 86th Birthday of King Rama IX stamp) were produced as official Thailand Post postcards.  These were sold beginning 3 December at Samsen Nai’s Stamp Museum in Bangkok for 5 baht each.

05

December

2021

Issue #1222. 100th Anniversary of the Death of HRH Prince Vajirananavarorasa (Somdet Pra Maha Samana Chao Krom Phraya Vajirananavarorasa) Commemorative Stamps

Date of Issue : 5 December 2021
Denomination : 10.00 Baht (1 Design), 3.00 Baht (4 Designs)
Quantity : 300,000 pieces per design
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical)
Designer : Ms. Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 5 stamps (Different designs)
First Day Cover : 36.00 Baht

 

 

05

December

2021

Issue #1224. National Day Commemorative Stamp

Date of Issue : 5 December 2021
Denomination : 5.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Mr. Thaneth Ponchaiwong (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 14.00 Baht

 

23

December

2021

Issue #1211. The Opening Ceremony of “Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building”, Siriraj Hospital Commemorative Stamps

Date of Issue : 23 December 2021
Denomination : 9.00 Baht (5 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 51 x 36 mm. (Horizontal)
Designs
9.00 Baht (Design 1) : The royal portrait of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, including Syamindra building
9.00 Baht (Design 2) : The royal portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Siriraj Kakutabhundu, including the medium-sized wooden hospital
9.00 Baht (Design 3) : The royal portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, including Administration building
9.00 Baht (Design 4) : The royal portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, including Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary building
9.00 Baht (Design 5) : The royal portrait of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, including Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary building
Designer : Ms. Mayuree Narknisorn (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : TBSP Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 64.00 Baht (A set of 2 covers)

23

December

2021

Issue #1215. Bang Sue Grand Station Postage Stamps

Date of Issue : 23 December 2021
Denomination : 5.00 Baht (4 Designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Designer : Mr. Thaneth Ponchaiwong (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer : T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process and Colour : Lithography Multi – colour
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 32.00 Baht

 

The new Bang Sue Grand Station is set to open on 23 December 2021, replacing the old Hua Lamphong Rail Station which is located in the center of Bangkok.  The latter has been featured on numerous stamps over the years.
It is fairly rare that Thailand Post will announce non-first day of issue related handstamps or chops but the following can be applied to covers at the Parliamentary Council’s temporary station on the first floor of the Senate Building in Bangkok with a different marking available between 3 and 9 December in the lead-up to Thai Constitution Day on 10 December.

Despite all of the rescheduling of issue dates, there is just one stamp that was publicized in the Stamp Bulletin that has yet to be given a release. Given that the centenary of HRH Princess Vibhavadirangsit’s birth occurred in November 2020 and the issue number of 1201 precedes any of the other stamps released in 2021, this stamp was probably slated for last year.  It may still appear later this month as the most recent revised Stamp Programme has it listed as “under consideration” for December 2021.  We will just have to wait and see.

Finally, here is a preview of the first stamp due to be issued by Thailand Post in 2022. The Year of the Tiger stamp, scheduled for 1 January, once again features a sketch by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who happens to b the patron of the Royal Thai Philatelic Society.  Hopefully, by then, the Phuket Philatelic Museum will have reopened and I can purchase all of the Thai stamps pictured in this article.  (A return to publishing the annual stamp Yearbooks would be a very welcome move by Thailand Post as well.)

Happy Collecting!

 

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