By The Nation
Yongyuth Iangthet, 34, arrived at the Krathum Baen district office and was asked to wait in the chambers of district chief Wutthipong Suphakwanit.
Then his father, Yutthana Iangthet, 52, appeared.
As invited reporters looked on, the two rushed into each other’s arms. Yongyuth then knelt before his father and proffered a flower garland and a wai.
The reunited parent and son spoke together for more than an hour, clutching hands, before addressing the reporters, presenting a gift basket to Wutthipong and leaving to make merit at a nearby temple.
Yongyuth said his mother told him his father had left the family when he was three years old. He has a younger sister, who was a new-born baby at the time.
His mother didn’t object when Yongyuth spent several years trying to locate the father, calling officials in the districts where he heard his father had lived.
Wutthipong got one such call and checked records to be certain the two were father and son.
He then asked Yutthana whether he wanted to meet his son and was able to organise the reunion.
Yutthana said he had to leave his family for a reason related to his own parents, but he declined to go into detail.
He said he asked about the family from afar and missed them. He was very happy he could now meet his son again.