Celebrating 130 years in Thailand

HSBC initially opened for business in Thailand under the name of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1888, during the reign of HM King Chulalongkorn. HSBC was the first commercial bank in Thailand and was preceded by earlier branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and London where HSBC’s head office is currently located.

With our exceptional financial knowledge and expertise, HSBC has made significant contributions to the establishment of solid foundations for Thailand’s financial and banking sectors and has been a major driving force behind Thailand’s commerce and economy. For instance, HSBC issued the very first banknotes in Thailand in 1889 and supported the first Royal Siamese Government foreign loan for the Kingdom’s railroad construction project in 1907.

Throughout the past 130 years, HSBC has remained committed to being an international bank of choice supporting Thai clients in achieving their financial and operational goals. Together with our first class financial services, HSBC has also been actively involved in promoting educational development and environmental projects to embrace sustainable practices and raise public awareness of social responsibility.

HSBC is the world’s number one trade bank, at the forefront of developments and innovations to digitise trade and trade finance, while the vision and ambition of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have brought a new era of investment and trade opportunities. We are determined to make our global network and experience in the region available to help our clients uncover these opportunities.

At HSBC Thailand, we are fully committed to building long lasting relationships with our customers to provide the services they need in order to thrive. We are incredibly thankful for the trust and loyalty they have given us. 

During our 130 years’ journey, HSBC has remained committed to our role and purpose; to connect customers to opportunities, to enable businesses to thrive and to support the Thai economy to prosper.



Key milestones

  • 1888 – First bank in Thailand
  • 1889 – Introduced first banknotes
  • 1890 – Move from “old Belgian Consulate” on Charoenkrung Road to Thanam Si Phraya for 87 years
  • 1905 – First foreign loans for railway construction
  • 1977 – Move to Siam Centre
  • 1982 – Move to Silom Road
  • 2001 – Move to current office on Rama IV Road

HSBC Thailand first office at the Belgium Consulate (1888)

HSBC was established as the first bank in Thailand on 2 December 1888 as The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation during the reign of King Chulalongkorn. Its first office was located at “the old Belgian Consulate” on Charoenkrung Road.

Thailand’s first banknote issued by HSBC (1889)

The Bank introduced the first banknotes into Siam in 1889 with the permission of Siamese authorities. The currency notes were used widely to pay debts and taxes among customs officials and other government offices. When the Bank of Thailand issued its own banknotes in 1902, the amount of the Bank’s banknotes in circulation decreased gradually.

HSBC Thailand second office at Thanam Si Phraya (1890)


In 1890, the Bank moved to Roman-style building between customers lane and Oriental building, a place known today as “Tanam Si Phraya” and the site of a luxury hotel, The Oriental, for 87 years. The office building was declared officially open by HRH Prince of Chandaburi, then the Minister of Finance.

HSBC Thailand third office at Siam Centre (1977)


In 1977, the Bank moved from Tanam Si Phraya to Siam Center Department Store.

HSBC Thailand fourth office on Silom Road (1982)

In 1982, the bank moved to HSBC Building on Silom Road for 20 years until 2001.

HSBC Thailand current headquarter at Rama 4 (2001)

On 9 February 2001, the Bank moved to HSBC Building on Rama IV Road until today.

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