History UsefulNotes / Thailand

3rd Oct '17 3:36:46 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The country was originally named "Siam" in English; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," not "free;" Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])

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The country was originally named "Siam" in English; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," "[[OfThePeople people]]," not "free;" "free" -- Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])
3rd Oct '17 3:36:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The country was originally named "Siam"; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," not "free;" Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])

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The country was originally named "Siam"; "Siam" in English; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," not "free;" Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])
29th Aug '17 7:21:07 AM CaptEquinox
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The monarchy is considered to be sacred by the Thai people and ''any'' criticism of the monarchy is illegal – including from foreign nationals speaking or publishing from their own country. This has caused several works to be [[BannedInChina censored in Thailand]], like ''The King Never Smiles'', and ''The King and I'' (which is sufficiently far from completely accurate that it scandalized Thailand when it was released; see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I#Reaction_in_Thailand The Other Wiki]]). The worst case of censorship was in early 2007 when the government [[NewMediaAreEvil blocked access to YouTube]] because there were videos that were considered to be anti-monarchy. For what it's worth, the King himself has implied that he thinks the anti-criticism laws are too strict.

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The monarchy is considered to be sacred by the Thai people and ''any'' criticism of the monarchy is illegal – including from foreign nationals speaking or publishing from their own country. This has caused several works to be [[BannedInChina censored in Thailand]], like ''The King Never Smiles'', and ''The King and I'' (which is sufficiently far from completely accurate that it scandalized Thailand when it was released; see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I#Reaction_in_Thailand The Other Wiki]]). The worst case of censorship was in early 2007 when the government [[NewMediaAreEvil blocked access to YouTube]] because there were videos that were considered to be anti-monarchy. For what it's worth, the King Bhumibol himself has implied that he thinks thought the anti-criticism laws are were too strict.



Most people know Thailand for Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), elephants, and Thai cuisine.

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Most people know Thailand for Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), elephants, and Thai cuisine.
cuisine. Fans of Youtube may be familiar with the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2orcn5tw3m8 Thai Insurance]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWA2GbcnJU commercials]] which can be TearJerker, SugarWiki/Heartwarming [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oujqv98ZsZM or]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s22HX18wDY both]].
8th Jul '17 11:53:58 AM nombretomado
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The country was originally named "Siam"; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," not "free;" TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])

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The country was originally named "Siam"; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'' – "free", in commemoration of the independence of Thailand in the 18th century; it's more likely that it derives from the name of the Thai ethnic group, the predominant one in the country, with the connotation of "free" as a bonus. (''Tai'' may actually mean "people," not "free;" TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Etymology here]])
28th Jun '17 1:21:50 AM SSgt_LuLZ
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* One of the DLC multiplayer maps of ''VideoGame/Battlefield4'' called "Lumphini Garden", is set in Bangkok's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumphini_Park Lumphini Park]].
27th May '17 12:27:38 PM nombretomado
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The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people don't talk about it openly, though; most Thai follow a fairly strict Buddhism), especially in Pattaya, and its massive drug trade which has led to UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}'s reputation as a WretchedHive and DenOfIniquity. During TheVietnamWar, it was a place where American soldiers went on rest and recreation. The sex shows are considered to be [[CrossesTheLineTwice some of the most unbelievably raunchy in the world]], minors of both genders are reportedly available for purchase, and UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} women hold a special, almost revered place in the subculture. It apparently also has some number of MailOrderBride businesses, if the page ads above are to be believed. Some caution is needed here; [[SelfDeprecation Thai women themselves will admit]] that they make [[MadonnaWhoreComplex wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives]].

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The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people don't talk about it openly, though; most Thai follow a fairly strict Buddhism), especially in Pattaya, and its massive drug trade which has led to UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}'s reputation as a WretchedHive and DenOfIniquity. During TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it was a place where American soldiers went on rest and recreation. The sex shows are considered to be [[CrossesTheLineTwice some of the most unbelievably raunchy in the world]], minors of both genders are reportedly available for purchase, and UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} women hold a special, almost revered place in the subculture. It apparently also has some number of MailOrderBride businesses, if the page ads above are to be believed. Some caution is needed here; [[SelfDeprecation Thai women themselves will admit]] that they make [[MadonnaWhoreComplex wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives]].



* Many American films about TheVietnamWar are [[CaliforniaDoubling actually filmed here]].

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* Many American films about TheVietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar are [[CaliforniaDoubling actually filmed here]].
10th May '17 1:37:19 AM Dravencour
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* ''Bangkok Hilton'' - the real prison that is usually associated with that title is Bang Kwang - a ''male-only'' prison also known as the "Big Tiger."

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* ''Bangkok Hilton'' - the real prison that is usually associated with that title is Bang Kwang - a ''male-only'' prison also known as the "Big Tiger."Tiger", with a reputation as a [[HellholePrison serious hellhole]].
24th Apr '17 7:43:05 PM Xtifr
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Asian elephants are revered in Thai culture. "White" ones (they're often actually pinkish albinos -- not to be confused with PinkElephants) are all officially owned by the king, in much the way that all mute swans in Britain are owned by the Queen (actually it's only some swans, but never mind). This is the origin of the English phrase 'white elephant', as white elephants were considered desirable by Thai nobles but cost a lot to maintain and could not be used for practical purposes… so they looked big and impressive but were money sinks; in past eras, a savvy monarch could use a gift of a white elephant to ruin an annoying courtier or overly-ambitious noble. Elephants are seen in daily life being used as work animals as they have been for hundreds of years, and vehicle/elephant car crashes used to be a leading form of road accident. (Elephant vs. tiny Asian car, [[MightyGlacier elephant wins]]; now it's more about reckless motorcycle drivers as bringing elephants out on the road is strictly prohibited). The Thai flag used to be three stripes of red on white with a white elephant on the middle stripe – apparently a Thai King took the elephant off when he realised it could be flown upside down in a disrespectful way. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, the middle red stripe was then changed to blue to more resemble the British and French flags, Siam's allies at the time.

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Asian elephants are revered in Thai culture. "White" ones (they're often actually pinkish albinos -- not albinos--not to be confused with PinkElephants) are all officially owned by the king, in much the way that all mute swans in Britain are owned by the Queen (actually it's only some swans, but never mind). This is the origin of the English phrase 'white elephant', as white elephants were considered desirable by Thai nobles but cost a lot to maintain and could not be used for practical purposes… so they looked big and impressive but were money sinks; in past eras, a savvy monarch could use a gift of a white elephant to ruin an annoying courtier or overly-ambitious noble. Elephants are seen in daily life being used as work animals as they have been for hundreds of years, and vehicle/elephant car crashes used to be a leading form of road accident. (Elephant vs. tiny Asian car, [[MightyGlacier elephant wins]]; now it's more about reckless motorcycle drivers as bringing elephants out on the road is strictly prohibited). The Thai flag used to be three stripes of red on white with a white elephant on the middle stripe – apparently a Thai King took the elephant off when he realised it could be flown upside down in a disrespectful way. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, the middle red stripe was then changed to blue to more resemble the British and French flags, Siam's allies at the time.
24th Apr '17 7:42:14 PM Xtifr
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Thailand ('''Thai:''' ''ประเทศไทย, Prathet Thai''), officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand ('''Thai:''' ''ราชอาณาจักรไทย Ratcha Anachak''), formerly known as Siam ('''Thai:''' ''สยาม, Sayam ''), is a country in Southeast Asia.

'''History'''

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Thailand ('''Thai:''' (''Thai:'' ''ประเทศไทย, Prathet Thai''), officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand ('''Thai:''' (''Thai:'' ''ราชอาณาจักรไทย Ratcha Anachak''), formerly known as Siam ('''Thai:''' (''Thai:'' ''สยาม, Sayam ''), is a country in Southeast Asia.

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'''Monarchy'''

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'''Thailand in fiction'''


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20th Apr '17 6:27:29 PM Dravencour
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* ''{{Theatre/Chess}}'': One of the more [[EarWorm well-known]] songs is "One Night in Bangkok". No points for guessing what gets described [[note]]Tranny hookers, Buddhist temples and chess.[[/note]]

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* ''{{Theatre/Chess}}'': One of the more [[EarWorm well-known]] songs is "One Night in Bangkok". No points for guessing what gets described [[note]]Tranny [[note]]Transgender hookers, Buddhist temples and chess.[[/note]]



* ''Bangkok Hilton''- the real prison that is usually associated with that title is Bangkwang- a ''male-only'' prison.

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* ''Bangkok Hilton''- Hilton'' - the real prison that is usually associated with that title is Bangkwang- Bang Kwang - a ''male-only'' prison.
prison also known as the "Big Tiger."
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