Mission Thailand

Ever wonder where ideas for spy stories come from? Well mine often come from visits to Washington, D.C. embassies. See if you can get a few ideas of your own after reading about my latest covert exploit.


Living in Washington is wonderful.  The city is a museum, culture is everywhere, and politics often makes sleeping pill prescriptions totally unnecessary.  Sometimes I lose sight of how interesting and different our city is, but events like the one I attended on Friday night shake out complacency.


Yes, I was a guest at the Royal Thai embassy in Georgetown.  The food was sumptuous, the Ambassador and his staff gracious, and the entertainment divine.  I had such a good time, two days later my cheeks still hurt from smiling so much. Here’s a snippet of the entertainment for you to enjoy.

The cherry on the cake truly was the Thai Masked Dance Khon Troupe from Bangkok.  For over an hour they danced, fought, joked, clowned, and displayed aspects of the Thai heritage.  The men wore brilliant golden costumes, the women dripped dozens of orchids from their hair.  Each movement — practiced over decades — seemed effortless, yet I couldn’t fathom getting my fingers into the artistic backward curving gestures or moving with such precise grace.


I’d like to thank His Excellency, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi for his kind generosity during the evening.  He reminded me of my husband’s and my trip to Bangkok a few years ago — and a place and people so lovely, I cannot wait to visit there again.


About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: TopSecretWashington.com, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DianaBelchase See you there!

Posted on June 30, 2014, in DC By The Book, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I swear, Diana, we must live in two different areas of the country. I never get to go to things like this and this one seems amazing. How lucky you are and I am so jealous!
    A truly great inspiration for stories. 🙂

  2. Wonderful post, Diana! Looks like a fun evening. I recently attended an event at Finland’s embassy (a fabulous LEED building overlooking the woods of Rock Creek Park). The embassy has a Marimekko exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic poppy print. It just reminds me that I should make more of an effort to find out which embassies have exhibits that are open to the public.

  3. Diana, love this post! I am envious of those of you who live in the DC area when I see these types of things. I’ve only visited once as a child, and then later via RWA- but I was at the hotel virtually the entire time. I never thought of visiting embassies!
    I think this would make a terrific trip for my family, and we can add the embassies to the lists of the more traditional tourist spots. I bet my seventeen year old would love this!

    • Unfortunately, Carey, most of these events are invitation only. But a few times a year, several embassies throw their doors open to the public. The best thing would be to contact the embassy you’re interested in before finalizing your vacation plans. Thanks for being here!

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