Which Country is ThailandWhat country is Thailand
Where' s Thailand? No. Seriously. Which is the country?
Since I have been living in Thailand for years, I always just think that everyone knows where it is. Indeed, if you look at some of Google's top search results, the word "Where is Thailand" is very common, so there are obviously literally a million who have no clue where Thailand really is.
So here is a brief geographical lesson: Thailand lies on the huge Asian peninsula, more precisely Southeast Asia, on the so-called Indochina peninsula. We' re directly above Malaysia (which itself lies directly above Singapore) and next to Cambodia in the eastern, Laos in the northeast and Myanmar (Burma) in thewestern part.
Viet Nam is a country near Laos, but also has a sea frontier with Thailand. Gulf of Thailand is either southern or eastern of the country, according to where you are in Thailand, and it is massiven. The 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean struck Thailand and struck the country's Andaman Sea, making the people of the Gulf of Thailand totally sane.
Thailand is the 51 st largest country in the word with a landmass of 513,000 square kilometres or slightly more than Spain. And, yes, we have everything - seas, shores, mountains, jungle, paddy fields, - whatever, Thailand has pretty much every kind of geography you'll ever want to visit.
So next contemplation, "Where is Thailand?", "Where is Thailand?" or even "Which countries are these?
Thailand becomes Siam
It was re-named on 23 June 1939. Tai speakers of one of the Tai language groups moved to present-day Thailand about 1,000 years ago. Their rule spread to parts of contemporary Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, but in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth century they were compelled to hand over their lands to the French.
In 1932, one of its founder was an military official named Phibun (completely Luang Phibunsongkhram), who assisted to conduct a putsch against the Chakri kings and to form a cabinet with a parliamentary assembly, which came nearer to a West model democratic system. But in 1938 Phibun took power as dictators.
As a strong modernizer and a strong member of the nation, he decided to rename the country Thailand. It was part of Phibun's commitment to bringing his own nation into the contemporary life while emphasizing his own distinctive personality. While there were many Chineses in the country and many wealthy Chinas companies, Phibun reduced migration from China and state-sponsored Taiwanese companies were established, while the use of Mandarin in Mandarin was restricted to two lessons per week only.
Phibun requested that Thais wear west clothing, which included a hat, while Thailand adopted the west calendars, creating a new banner and a new name. Throughout the Second World War Thailand was an ally of Japan and Phibun was compelled to step down in 1944, but in 1948 he came back to office with the help of the United States.
In 1957 Phibun was eventually displaced by rival forces.