Happy Valentine’s Day or as it is known in Thailand, Wan Rak (“Day of Love”).

The Philatelic Museum in Bangkok has a special Valentine's Day postmark. I really wish the museum in Phuket would do something like this sometime.
The Philatelic Museum in Bangkok has a special Valentine’s Day postmark. I really wish the post office or museum in Phuket would do something similar.

Continue reading “Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-06 (Valentine’s Edition)”

It’s nearly February, but I am finally able to put together a tentative schedule of Thailand Post’s planned 2019 stamps. Most of the images are sourced from promotional images as found on Facebook (the first two issues are scans from my collection) and the information comes almost entirely from a screenshot found on Facebook. All of this is subject to change as additional issues are announced, images are revealed, printings are delayed, etc.

January 1, 2019: Zodiac (Year of the Pig)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019)

1162. Zodiac Postage Stamp (Year of the Pig)
Date of Issue : 1 January 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 1,000,000 pieces
Size : 30 x 40.5 mm. (Vertical)
Printer : Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited,Thailand
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
Designer : Mr.Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) sheet of 10
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) full sheet

1162. ตราไปรษณียากรชุดนักษัตรประจำปี (กุน)
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 1 มกราคม 2562
ความมุ่งหมาย : เพื่อเผยแพร่ปีนักษัตรของไทยให้แพร่หลาย
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท
จำนวนพิมพ์ : 1,000,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 40.5 มม. (แนวตั้ง)
ภาพ : ภาพนักษัตรปีกุน ภาพวาดฝีพระหัตถ์สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา ฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี
ผู้ประกอบแบบ : นายอุดร นิยมธรรม (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ : ไทยบริติชซีเคียวริตี้ พริ้นติ้ง จำกัด (มหาชน) ประเทศไทย
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 11.00 บาท

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover-front

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH1062 (January 1, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - Zodiac (Year of the Pig) - Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 1, 2019)
Thailand – Zodiac (Year of the Pig) – Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 1, 2019)

January 12, 2019: National Children’s Day

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 (January 12, 2019) - my scan
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 (January 12, 2019)

1163. National Children’s Day 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 12 January 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 700,000 pieces per design
Size : 31 x 31 mm.
Printer : Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited,Thailand
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer : Mr.Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Limited)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 1 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 2 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 3 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 - full sheet (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 design 4 – full sheet (January 12, 2019)

1163. ตราไปรษณียากรที่ระลึกวันเด็กแห่งชาติ 2562
วันแรกจำหน่าย :12 มกราคม 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท(4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 700,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 31 x 31 มม.
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ : ไทยบริติชซีเคียวริตี้ พริ้นติ้ง จำกัด (มหาชน) ประเทศไทย
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท
ผู้ออกแบบ : นายอุดร นิยมธรรม (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)

Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover - my scan
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand – Thailand Post #TH-1163 (January 12, 2019) first day cover
Thailand - National Children's Day - Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 12, 2019)
Thailand – National Children’s Day – Post Office chops available on first day of issue (January 12, 2019)

February 7, 2019:  Symbol of Love

Thailand - Symbol of Love Postage Stamp (February 7, 2019)
Thailand – Symbol of Love Postage Stamp (February 7, 2019)

Symbol of Love Postage Stamp
Date of Issue : 7 February 2019
Denomination : 5.00 Baht
Quantity : 800,000 pieces
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical)
Printer :
Printing Process and Color : Lithography Multi-color
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 14.00 Baht
Designer : Miss Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
ตราไปรษณียากรชุดสื่อแห่งความรัก
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 7 กุมภาพันธ์ 2562
ชนิดราคา : 5.00 บาท
จำนวนพิมพ์ : 800,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม.(แนวตั้ง)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ :
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่-หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 14.00 บาท
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.เอื้อมพร ศุภฤกษ์ชัย (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)


April 2, 2019:  Thai Heritage Conservation Day

Thailand - Thai Heritage Conservation Heritage Day (April 2, 2019)
Thailand – Thai Heritage Conservation Heritage Day (April 2, 2019)

Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 2 April 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 800,000 pieces per design
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical), 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal)
Printer :
Printing Process and Color :
Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer :

ตราไปรษณียากรที่ระลึกวันอนุรักษ์มรดกไทย 2562
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 2 เมษายน 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท (4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 500,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม.(แนวตั้ง) และ 48 x 30 มม.(แนวนอน)
ภาพ : จิตรกรรมฝาผนังในภาคใต้ อนุเคราะห์ภาพจาก รศ.ดร.สมพร ธุรี
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.เอื้อมพร ศุภฤกษ์ชัย (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์ :
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท
แผ่นชีทที่ระลึก : 15 บาท


April 4, 2019:  Thai Traditional Festival

Stamp Image UnavailableThai Traditional Festival 2019 Commemorative Stamps
Date of Issue : 4 April 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 400,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer :


May 10, 2019:  Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day)

Thailand - Vesak Day (May 10, 2019)
Thailand – Vesak Buja Day (May 10, 2019)

Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day)
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical)
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
Designer :

วันสำคัญทางพุทธศาสนา (วันวิสาขบูชา)
วันแรกจำหน่าย : 10 พฤษภาคม 2562
ชนิดราคา : 3.00 บาท (4 แบบ)
จำนวนพิมพ์ : แบบละ 500,000 ดวง
ขนาด : 30 x 48 มม. (แนวตั้ง)
ภาพ : พระธาตุประจำปีเกิด
ปีขาล – พระธาตุช่อแฮ จ.แพร่
ปีเถาะ – พระธาตุแช่แห้ง จ.น่าน
ปีมะโรง – พระธาตุเจดีย์วัดพระสิงห์ จ.เชียงใหม่
ปีมะเส็ง – พระธาตุเจดีย์เจ็ดยอด จ.เชียงใหม่
ผู้ออกแบบ : น.ส.มยุรี นาคนิศร (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี : ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น : 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย : 23.00 บาท

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Important Buddhist Religious Day (Vesak Day) – Miniature Sheet of 4
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
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May 10, 2019:  80 Years of Foundation for the Blind in Thailand

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80 Years of Foundation for the Blind in Thailand
Date of Issue : 10 May 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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June 1, 2019: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Kamphol Vacharaphol [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Kamphol Vacharaphol [UNDER CONSIDERATION]
Date of Issue : 1 June 2019
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June 2019: Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship [UNDER CONSIDERATION]

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Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship [UNDER CONSIDERATION]
Date of Issue : June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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June 14, 2019: 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and the Philippines

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70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and the Philippines
Date of Issue : 14 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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June 16, 2019: 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and Luxembourg

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80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between Thailand and Luxembourg
Date of Issue : 16 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
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June 21, 2019: Thailand – Maldives Joint Issue

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Thailand – Maldives Joint Issue
Date of Issue : 21 June 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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July 28, 2019: King Rama X’s 67th Birthday Anniversary

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King Rama X’s 67th Birthday Anniversary
Date of Issue : 28 July 2019
Denomination : 10.00 Baht
Quantity : 1,000,000 pieces
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August 8, 2019: ASEAN 2019

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ASEAN 2019 Commemorative Stamp
Date of Issue : 8 August 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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August 12, 2019: 87th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign

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87th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign Commemorative Stamp
Date of Issue : 12 August 2019
Denomination : 9.00 Baht
Quantity : 900,000 pieces
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September 11, 2019: Marine Life

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Marine Life
Date of Issue : 11 September 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
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September 30, 2019: Lighthouses

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Lighthouses
Date of Issue : 30 September 2019
Denomination : 4.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 500,000 pieces per design
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October 9, 2019: World Post Day

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World Post Day
Date of Issue : 9 October 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 11.00 Baht
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 1)

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New Year 2020 (Series 1)
Date of Issue : 15 November 2019
Denomination : 3.00 Baht (4 designs)
Quantity : 300,000 pieces per design
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 23.00 Baht
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November 15, 2019: New Year 2020 (Series 2)

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New Year 2020 (Series 1)
Date of Issue : 15 November 2019
Denomination : 15.00 Baht (2 designs)
Quantity : 300,000 pieces per design
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December 5, 2019: National Day

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National Day
Date of Issue : 5 December 2019
Denomination : 5.00 Baht
Quantity : 500,000 pieces
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Sheet Composition : 10 stamps
First Day Cover : 14.00 Baht
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I will continue to update this post throughout the year as additional information and images are announced, as well as scanning the actual items as soon as I purchase them. I do try to keep up with the new issues of Thailand as they are relatively inexpensive and most become available at my local post office almost immediately upon release. However, there are occasionally limited-edition miniature sheets (usually of four stamps) that are available only in certain locations on the date of issue that I don’t tend to collect as they can be difficult to find and expensive when encountered on eBay, etc. Also, I do not collect the various personalized sheets that appear throughout the year (although I may be tempted if it is a theme related to my home province of Phuket).

Screenshot of a Thailand Post stamp schedule, posted on Facebook in mid-January 2019
Screenshot of a Thailand Post stamp schedule, posted on Facebook in mid-January 2019
Thailand TH-1143: Symbol of Love Postage Stamp
Thailand TH-1143: Symbol of Love Postage Stamp

Thailand Post is issuing its annual Symbol of Love stamp today — February 7, 2018 — at post offices throughout the Kingdom. The single 5-baht stamp has been given the issue number 1143 and is released just in time for Valentine’s Day (วันวาเลนไทน์ — Wan Wal-en-thyn), which is a very big event here in Thailand. Most Thais refer to it as Wan Rak (วันรัก) which means “day of love”.

While giving boxes of chocolate is not very popular (it melts easily in the heat — February tends to be one of the hottest months in Thailand) and I have never seen a candy heart here, flowers seem to be even more popular of a gift than in the United States. Even though the price does increase a bit this time of year, the cost of bouquets and individual long-stemmed flowers is still dirt-cheap compared to most Western countries.

In the early morning hours the day before Valentine’s Day, thousands of street stalls suddenly appear EVERYWHERE and start selling anything that is red or pink or both: stuffed bears, plush hearts, and tons of flowers. In the schools, the students (and it doesn’t matter whether you’re in kindergarten or a high school senior) will walk around plastering all manner of heart stickers on each other’s shirts. By the end of the day, everybody is covered head to toe in pink and red stickers (including some of the teachers!). One finds hearts that have fallen off of shirts affixed to sidewalks for weeks afterwards.

Photo taken by Mark Joseph Jochim at Piboonsawasdee Municipal School on February 14, 2013.
Photo taken by Mark Joseph Jochim at Piboonsawasdee Municipal School on February 14, 2013.

Yes, Valentine’s Day in Thailand is mostly about who gets the most gifts and flowers to show off (and the girls love walking around carrying bears and huge bouquets all day long).

While many will go out to eat dinner, it is rare to see Thai people holding hands in public other than the younger generation (no doubt, influenced by us Western visitors who aren’t so chaste). For those who stay at home, there are special Valentine’s Day television programs shown all day long on almost every channel. Mostly, these are cheesy game shows and comedies.

For philatelists (some in Thailand actually have girlfriends and wives!), a number of the Bangkok area post offices have special Valentine’s Day cancellations available. These are in addition to the regular first day of issue postmarks (again, most branches in Bangkok will offer special pictorial cancellations today). I often wish that Phuket would do something similar (at least the Philatelic Museum counter) and have occasionally thought about moving to the capital simply in order to obtain postmark-filled covers on release dates. But then I think of the traffic congestion and pollution and come to my senses.

Photo ©2018 Thai Stamp Museum

The postmarks, press release and first day cover pictured above came courtesy of Thailand Post’s collector-oriented Facebook page (called “Stamp In Love”). The following images were shared this afternoon on the Thai Stamp Museum Facebook page:

Photo ©2018 Thai Stamp Museum
Photo ©2018 Thai Stamp Museum
Photo ©2018 Thai Stamp Museum

I hope all of you enjoy Wan Rak with your significant other. If you want to be a little adventurous, why not give these Thai love phrases a try?

Photo ©2018 Thailand Stamp Museum
Photo taken by Mark Joseph Jochim at Piboonsawasdee Municipal School on February 14, 2013.
Photo taken by Mark Joseph Jochim at Piboonsawasdee Municipal School on February 14, 2013.