I also visited the Royal Thai Arsenal, in late 1969. It was located well inside Bangkok, just about a 10 minute or less taxi ride from my hotel (on one of the traffic circles near downtown). It was an old facility. At the time it was making 30-06 headstamped RTA 69 (I picked up a draw set which I have mounted) as well as loading 8mm Siamese blanks with a dark teakwood bullet. These rounds had no headstamp as I remember-the one I picked up is in Bill Woodin’s collection. They also were experimenting with 38 Special production and had produced a batch of cases with no headstamp. I spent the day in the Arsenal and my guide was a US Army Major. We had a short visit with the Thai Army Colonel and a couple of his staff, then the Major took me around and sent me home about 3PM with a brown paper bag of stuff. It was his second tour with the Thai Ordinance Corp that ran the Arsenal. He told me that the Bangkok facility was the only Army facility that produced ammunition. I asked specifically about 7.62NATO, 5.56 and of course 9mm Para. He said that RTA had never, to the best of his knowledge, produced any of these caliberes, and he asked a Thai Lt Col who confirmed that. He did say that they were discussion the production of 7.62 NATO. The Major did say that he had heard that there was Navy facility in southern Thailand that may produce ammunition. He heard a rumor that they either loaded or reloaded (!!!) 20mm ammo, but he had no information on this facility other than rumor. I subsequently asked a lot of questions, but nobody I spoke with knew anything about Thai Navy ammunition production. The major did give me a bit or oral history on the Bangkok Arsenal and said it was the first ammunition production facility in Thailand and went back a long way (sorry I don’t remember the date he gave me), The 8mm Siamese production line was German from the 1920s or 1930s and the 30-06 production line was US from surplus WWII equipment. He went into a lot of detail on the differences between the two processes-the best education I ever received on ammo manufacture. I even picked up a loaded 30-06 reject that had no core in the bullet, but looked normal from the outside. In the rear of the building was lots of other equipment which appeared to be earlier cartridge production equipment that was being stored. My guess is that if you dug deep enough you could find the first cartridge machines Thailand ever purchased. The Major said that they never threw things away.
It appears that RTA production was moved out of Bangkok at some point, but my guess is that '73 & '74 dated ammo was still made in Bangkok.