Journey of a legendary Thai Spirit through centuries.
“Bangyikhan” a well-known distillery, since the early Rattanakosin period
was transferred to the government of Thailand under the
supervision of the Excise Department, Ministry of Finance.
The first management team
To counter Thailand’s trade deficit from importing whiskies,
the government created the first authentic Thai spirit.
A new ‘special blended spirit’ was concocted using local herbs
combined with traditional medicinal liquor recipes.
Under the government of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram,
Thailand demanded that four provinces located on the right side of
the Mekhong River be returned from French occupation.
This led to the Indochina war.
Luang Wichitwathakan, the then-Director-General
of the Fine Arts Department composed “Kham Khong”, a patriotic song
to remind Thai people of the four provinces as a part of Thailand.
The “Kham Khong” song became very popular and avidly
instilled a patriotic sense into the hearts of Thai people.
The song became the source of inspiration to name the newly
produced 35-degree special blended spirit “Mekhong”,
at the time where there was a profound Thai spirit everywhere
in the kingdom.
Over time, Mekhong has been available in a variety of packaging shapes and designs. Each packaging version has captured the characteristics and inspiring stories of Mekhong from past to present. The appearance may have changed, but its intrinsic values and unique taste have remained the same, always.
The very first Mekhong bottle was in the same size
as a lemonade bottle with a cork stopper.
The first packaging had a specified
selling price indicated on it
to prevent overpricing.
The specially-priced green-cap
series was produced as a fringe
benefit to Thai soldiers and
The label color was changed
to yellow for better visibility.
New Mekhong was launched
in Europe and USA.