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Tool: Thai to Christian year converter

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Since AD 1888, under the reign of King Rama V, Thailand has adopted the Thai Solar Calendar, which has some differences with the common calendar, also known as Gregorian Calendar. Years are counted according to the Buddhist Era,  that is 543 years greater than the Gregorian calendar used in western countries.

Right now, the year is 

Converting between them is as easy as adding or extracting 543 years, but why should you bother doing so, when you can have a machine do it for you? Just start typing on the box next to this text the Thai year to obtain the Gregorian one, and vice versa.

Remember that the year changes on 1st January, just like in Western countries. Don’t be confused by the fact that Thai New Year, also called Songkran, happens on 13-14-15 April.

Too lazy to calculate or the converter is not working properly? Don’t worry, here you have a table with year conversions from 2000 to 2020.

Christian YearThai Year
20002543
20012544
20022545
20032546
20042547
20052548
20062549
20072550
20082551
20092552
20102553
20112554
20122555
20132556
20142557
20152558
20162559
20172560
20182561
20192562
20202563

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3 Responses

  1. Ronald says:

    But WHY? Is Thailand the only country which still does this? and what are the benefits? if the rest of the world is in 2013 and Thailand is in 2556?

    • Iván says:

      Hi Ronald,

      There are other countries which doesn’t follow Christian Era years. For instance, according to the Islamic Calendar, today we are at 1434.

      It has nothing to do with benefits, but with tradition. Nevertheless, it doesn’t create any confussion there as everyone is aware that 2013 equals to 2556. Even on official documents might state the date using 2556 instead of 2013, being the dates so different, no one mistakes them, and when using dates on Internet / international sites, etc, they will just use what western call “normal years”.

      Thanks for your comment!

  1. August 9, 2011

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