Ambassador Virachai’s body flown back to Thailand


Bangkok – Officials at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC arranged a ceremony Tuesday to send the remains of Ambassador Virachai Plasai back to Thailand with highest honors.

The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC, Boosara Kanchanalai, along with embassy officials, participated in a memorial service for Ambassador Virachai before his body was flown out from Washington Dulles International Airport, USA.

The service was arranged to reflect the highest honor of the late Thai ambassador. The ceremony was also attended by US officials and guards of honor. The body of Ambassador Virachai was expected to arrive in Thailand late Tuesday evening. His wife, Elizabeth Plasai, was also travelling on the same flight.

Virachai was the Thai Ambassador to the U.S. at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC. He died on 16th March 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland, after being hospitalized since 3rd March 2019.

He was known for his diplomatic accomplishments in strengthening ties between Thailand and the U.S., and for his work as the head of the team of Thai officials defending Thailand regarding the Preah Vihear case at the International Court of Justice in 2013.