|Photo Adam Lane|
Traveling to Thailand is an experience that will change your worldview permanently. Phenomenally gorgeous sights, that shake one to the very core are commonplace. One might reckon that being immersed in such an idyllic landscape for an extended period of time would result in an eventual lack of ability to recognize and appreciate the magnitude of such wonders, but in my experience, pretty much everyone native or foreign ('Farung' or 'Farang') seem to share a mutual understanding of this mesmerizing nature feature of the land. I appreciate that appreciation.
Thailand remains the only Southeast Asian country never colonized; visiting the country provides a distinct and interesting contrast to the French-influenced Laos and the British-influenced Burma. The country’s tourism industry thrives and it’s a unique spot in the region.
Travelers visiting Southeast Asia have a long and complex history to unravel on their trip. The countries of China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos are not only neighbors, but culturally and politically mixed throughout the centuries. The history of Thailand is long, earliest inhabitants dating back to 3,000 BC. The history pressing on the current Kingdom of Thailand, however, dates back to about the 13th century. In the 13th century, modern-day Thailand established sovereignty from the Khmer Empire, the culture of which is still present in modern-day Cambodia. Over the next few centuries, Thailand would see the rise and fall of several Kingdoms — the remains of this history is still in evidence — including the Kingdoms of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
The Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya in the late 1700s, and this is also about the time Europeans began claiming pieces of Southeast Asia. Thailand remains the only Southeast Asian country never colonized, so it’s a distinct and interesting contrast to the French-influenced Laos and the British-influenced Burma. Power changed hands many times over the next few centuries, shifting with military and monarchy influences. In 1946, King Bhumibol — the current king — started his reign.
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