Thai national and royal symbol is the Garuda, a mythical half-bird half-human
figure (steed of the Hindu god Vishnu) that adorns King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s
scepter and royal standard. Many ministries and departments have incorporated
the Garuda into their insignias. Moreover, the Garuda signifies “By Royal
Appointment,” and is awarded, at the personal discretion of His Majesty
the King, as a sign of royal approval to companies that have rendered outstanding
economic and charitable services to Thailand.