, formerly Siam, is a country with almost 70 million inhabitants. In the past it was also know as Siam. A constitutional
monarchy since 1973,the country is politically unstable, with a major role for the military.
Thailand has a long and rich history,
starting with the Lampang Man from the Homo Electus species who left us his fossils 1 million years ago. Cave paintings are date at
The Khmer Empire was founded in 802 AD century and lasted till the 15th century. Its capital was Angor, situated in
present day Cambodia.
From the 14th to the 18th century the city state of Ayutthaya florished and around 1700 it was the largest
city in the world with 1 million inhabitants.
After a Burmese invasion in 1765 the state collapsed and fell into chaos.
King Rama I
founded the Chakri dynasty in 1782 with Bangkok as Capital. The dynasty has provided all the successive monarchs including
the present ruler Vajiralongkorn.
During WWII Thailand sided with Japan and declared war to the USA and the UK.
thousands Asian labourors and Alied POW's died constructing the Burma Railway.
The country was hit hard by the 2004
Boxing Day Tsunami.