The new King of Thailand

December 2, 2016 0

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, or simply King Vajiralongkorn, succeeded his father and ascended the throne as King Rama X, at the age of 64. The designated heir since 1972, he became the 10th king […]

History of Thailand since 1973

March 25, 2016 0

1973-1976 The events of October 1973 amounted to a revolution in Thai politics. For the first time the urban middle class, led by the students, had defeated the combined forces of the old ruling class […]

Military rule (1932-1973)

March 24, 2016 0

Constitutional monarchy The coup d’état of 1932 transformed the government of Thailand from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy. Siam’s first constitution included a National Assembly, half appointed and half indirectly-elected. A prime minister and […]

Thonburi and Bangkok period (1768-1932)

March 24, 2016 0

Taksin the Great (1769-1782) Despite its complete defeat and occupation by Burma, Siam made a rapid recovery. The resistance to Burmese rule was led by a noble of Chinese descent, Taksin, a capable military leader. […]

The kingdom of Ayutthaya (1350-1767)

March 24, 2016 0

The first ruler of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, King Ramathibodi I, made two important contributions to Thai history: the establishment and promotion of Theravada Buddhism as the official religion – to differentiate his kingdom from […]

Sukhothai and the founding of the Thai nation

March 24, 2016 0

This series of 5 articles is only a modest attempt at mentionning a few milestones in Thai history. We used various sources of information but mainly Wikipedia, synthetizing their articles about history of Thailand, then […]