History UsefulNotes / Thailand

6th Aug '16 12:26:18 PM ACW
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* ''EverydayHeroes'' - [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=199252 Jintara Sharpley]] is named for a popular Thai singer. She met her American husband Ben when he was on R&R in Bangkok and she was a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=201394 sex worker.]]

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* ''EverydayHeroes'' ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' - [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=199252 Jintara Sharpley]] is named for a popular Thai singer. She met her American husband Ben when he was on R&R in Bangkok and she was a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=201394 sex worker.]]
21st Jul '16 3:38:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people do not talk about them 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 [[SweetOnPollyOliver male-to-female transsexual]] performers 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 wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives.

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The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people do not don't talk about them openly 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 [[SweetOnPollyOliver male-to-female transsexual]] performers 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 wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives.
21st Jul '16 3:36:50 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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 ''was'' 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 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 ''was'' 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.
21st Jul '16 3:18:36 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Asian elephants are revered in Thai culture. "White" (actually albino and rather pinkish) ones 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 ''was'' 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" (actually albino and rather pinkish) 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 ''was'' 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.
5th Jun '16 2:01:51 AM Soufriere
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Roanapur, the WretchedHive where the Lagoon company is based, is in Thailand. [[note]] However, the creator made a CriticalResearchFailure – traffic in Roanapur is consistently shown to drive on the right (as in America, Russia, Mainland China, and neighboring Cambodia)… but Thailand actually drives on the ''left'' (like Japan and Hong Kong). The anime failed to correct this oversight, but it is not as upfront about Roanapur's location.[[/note]]
2nd Feb '16 3:16:55 PM phoenix
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* ''Film/{{Chang}}'' is a 1927 documentary feature about a family carving out a farm in the jungles of northern Thailand (then Siam). Largely [[DocumentaryOfLies staged by the filmmakers]], but shot on location in the Isan region of northeast Thailand.

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* ''Film/{{Chang}}'' is a 1927 documentary feature about a family carving out a farm in the jungles of northern Thailand (then Siam). Largely [[DocumentaryOfLies staged by the filmmakers]], filmmakers, but shot on location in the Isan region of northeast Thailand.
25th Jan '16 5:46:59 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Aug '15 2:45:25 PM Soufriere
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The history of the country dates back pretty far, and was once considered to be the location of the oldest Bronze Age culture in the world (Ban Chiang village), but [[ScienceMarchesOn radiocarbon dating found that it actually came much later.]]

Thai people normally consider 1238 as the year of the country's formation, with Sukhothai as the capital, even though that there are several small kingdoms in the area before that, competing to carve out land.

Thailand lost half its territory to France and Britain in the 1800s, but it was the only South or Southeast Asian country never colonized by a Western power, by China, or by Japan (or one of two South and Southeast Asian countries never colonized, if one counts Afghanistan). Thailand survived through a combination of luck and having rulers whose skills were far into MagnificentBastard levels, playing off the British, French, Burmese, Chinese and Vietnamese off one another.

Thailand was occupied by Japan in the [[WorldWarII Second World War]], and became a Japanese ally -- but how much the Japanese trusted their new ally can be deduced from the fact that they issued the Thais rifles of a caliber made nowhere else in the world, and never issued them more ammunition than the bare minimum necessary for the next battle. The [[LaResistance Free Thai Movement]] was significantly more active than the Thai military although the difference between the two was a bit fuzzy. The Army Chief of Staff was the head of the Free Thai movement and the pipeline for escaped allied air crew was run by the Thai police. Allied personnel in Thailand were driven around in official limousines. See ''Bangkok - Top Secret'' for the gruesome details of how the Thais made the Japanese look like idiots. After the war, free of the Japanese threat, Thailand allied itself with the United States.

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]].)

The country changed from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy in a bloodless coup in 1932. It had some bloodier coups with the right-wing military governments set up after World War II. A revolution in 1973, led by left-wing students, shifted the country towards democracy; the military seized control again in 1976. Thailand became a bicameral parliamentary constitutional monarchy, more or less after the English fashion (with a prime minister, and the king as a primarily ceremonial figure). Another coup occurred in 2006, but ended in the restoration of democratic government; the current political situation remains unstable, with an Islamist insurgency in the ethnically Malay southeast region of Pattani and, since 2005, political crisis concerning the (former) Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies / successors.

In 2014, another coup occured yet again and Thailand is currently governed by a military junta.

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The history of the country dates back pretty far, and was once considered to be the location of the oldest Bronze Age culture in the world (Ban Chiang village), but [[ScienceMarchesOn radiocarbon dating found that it actually came much later.]]

later]].

Thai people normally consider 1238 as the year of the country's formation, with Sukhothai as the capital, even though that there are were several small kingdoms in the area before that, competing to carve out land.

Thailand lost half its territory to France and Britain in the 1800s, but it was the only South or Southeast Asian country never colonized by a Western power, by China, or by Japan (or one of two South and Southeast Asian countries never colonized, two, if one counts Afghanistan). Thailand survived through a combination of luck and having rulers whose skills were far into MagnificentBastard levels, playing off the British, French, Burmese, Chinese Chinese, and Vietnamese off one another.

Thailand was occupied by Japan in the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]], and became a Japanese ally -- but how much the Japanese trusted their new ally can be deduced from the fact that they issued the Thais rifles of a caliber made nowhere else in the world, and never issued them more ammunition than the bare minimum necessary for the next battle. The [[LaResistance Free Thai Movement]] was significantly more active than the Thai military although the difference between the two was a bit fuzzy. The Army Chief of Staff was the head of the Free Thai movement and the pipeline for escaped allied air crew was run by the Thai police. Allied personnel in Thailand were driven around in official limousines. See ''Bangkok - Top Secret'' for the gruesome details of how the Thais made the Japanese look like idiots. After the war, free of the Japanese threat, Thailand immediately allied itself with the United States.

The country was originally named "Siam;" "Siam"; [[IstanbulNotConstantinople it renamed itself to "Thailand" in 1939, "Siam" in 1945, and "Thailand" again in 1949.]] 1949]]. The name "Thailand" is often thought to derive from ''tai'', "free," ''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 has a long history of its military overthrowing the government. Unusually for this sort of situation, the military always leaves the King in power (in fact, it's generally believed that military action only happens on the King's orders or with his tacit approval). It changed from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy in a bloodless coup in 1932. It had some bloodier coups with the right-wing military governments set up after World War II. A revolution in 1973, led by left-wing students, shifted the country towards democracy; the military seized control again in 1976. Thailand became a bicameral parliamentary constitutional monarchy, more or less after the English fashion (with a prime minister, and the king as a primarily ceremonial figure). Another coup occurred in 2006, but ended in the restoration of democratic government; the government. The current political situation remains unstable, with an Islamist insurgency in the ethnically Malay southeast far-southern region of Pattani and, since 2005, political crisis concerning the (former) Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies / successors.

In 2014, another coup occured yet again and Thailand is currently governed by a in the face of mass anti-government protests in Bangkok, the military junta.
staged yet ''another'' coup, and remains in control of the country today, though they insist elections will happen eventually.



Several dynasties have ruled the country. The current King is Bhumibol Adulyadej, 9th King of the Chakri dynasty, who is ruling since 1946 and is the world's longest-serving current monarch. Yellow is considered to be the color of the monarchy, and [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience many people wear yellow clothing on occasion]] to show respect to the king. (Don't confuse this with ''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.)

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.

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Several dynasties have ruled the country. The current King is Bhumibol Adulyadej, 9th King of the Chakri dynasty, a.k.a. Rama IX, who is ruling has ruled since 1946 and is the world's longest-serving current monarch. Yellow is considered to be the color of the monarchy, and [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience many people wear yellow clothing on occasion]] to show respect to the king. (Don't confuse this with ''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.)

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.
anti-monarchy. For what it's worth, the King himself has implied that he thinks the anti-criticism laws are too strict.



The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people do not talk about them openly though; most Thai follow strict religion rules), 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 [[SweetOnPollyOliver male-to-female transsexual]] performers 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 wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives.

Asian elephants are revered in Thai culture. "White" (actually albino and rather pinkish) ones 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 ''was'' 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 WorldWarOne the middle red stripe was then changed to blue to more resemble the British and French flags, Siam's allies at the time.

Southern Thailand has an Islamist separatist insurgency. The terrorists recently announced a ceasefire, and of course promptly broke it. The Thai Army is surprisingly competent when it finally decides to do something. They are ''very'' good at staging coups.

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The country is infamous for its sex tourism (people do not talk about them openly though; most Thai follow a fairly strict religion rules), 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 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 [[SweetOnPollyOliver male-to-female transsexual]] performers 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 wonderful girlfriends but terrible wives.

Asian elephants are revered in Thai culture. "White" (actually albino and rather pinkish) ones 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 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 ''was'' a leading form of road accident. (Elephant vs. tiny Asian car, [[MightyGlacier elephant wins]]. Now wins]]; now it's more about reckless motorcycle drivers as bringing elephants out on the road is strictly prohibited.) prohibited). The Thai flag used to be three stripes of red on white with a white elephant on the middle stripe--apparently stripe – apparently a Thai King took the elephant off when he realised it could be flown upside down in a disrespectful way. In WorldWarOne 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.

Southern Thailand has an Islamist separatist insurgency.insurgency – the three southernmost provinces have ethnic Malay majorities who would very much like to join Malaysia. The terrorists recently announced a ceasefire, and of course promptly broke it. The Thai Army is surprisingly competent when it finally decides to do something. They are ''very'' good at staging coups.



In terms of development, Thailand currently suffers from the central area around Bangkok being much more economically developed than any other part of country. This results in many agricultural workers (especially from the northern provinces, leaving the countryside and pouring into the city, looking for jobs they can do. Unfortunately for them, such work is scarce. This results in serious divisions in society (north against center, agricultural vs industrial, country vs urban and so on) which were the root cause behind the disturbances in Bangkok during 2010.

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In terms of development, Thailand currently suffers from the central area around Bangkok being much more economically developed than any other part of country. This results in many agricultural workers (especially from the northern provinces, provinces) leaving the countryside and pouring into the city, looking for jobs they can do. Unfortunately for them, such work is scarce. This results in serious divisions in society (north against center, agricultural vs industrial, country vs urban and so on) which were have been the root primary cause behind for pretty much all of the disturbances country's instability in Bangkok during 2010.
the 21st century.[[note]] Ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra headed the Thai Rak Thai party, which got most of its support from the poor farmers in the Thai hinterlands. Charges of corruption resulted in the Court voiding his last election, a military coup, his party being banned, and him fleeing the country. His sister Yingluck later formed the similar Pheu Thai party (the "Red Shirts") with the same voter base, and served as Prime Minister in TheNewTens until more corruption charges – and probably-legit concerns about Thaksin [[TheManBehindTheMan pulling strings from exile]] – led to street protests in Bangkok, the Court invalidating ''her'' last election, and the military taking power again.[[/note]]



* ''SonicUnleashed'' - The continent of Adabat is partially based on Thailand.
* The ''StreetFighter'' series features two prominent Thai characters, both muay thai fighters -- the giant Sagat (whose name means "intercept" in Thai, though "guardian" is probably a better, more lyrical translation) and the more disreputable Adon (whose name isn't actually Thai). Both fighters have been a part of the series from the very beginning. Their stages depict Thailand as being very beautiful, featuring ancient temples, exotic jungles and giant reclining Buddha statues.

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* ''SonicUnleashed'' ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' - The continent of Adabat is partially based on Thailand.
* The ''StreetFighter'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series features two prominent Thai characters, both muay thai fighters -- the giant Sagat (whose name means "intercept" in Thai, though "guardian" is probably a better, more lyrical translation) and the more disreputable Adon (whose name isn't actually Thai). Both fighters have been a part of the series from the very beginning. Their stages depict Thailand as being very beautiful, featuring ancient temples, exotic jungles and giant reclining Buddha statues.



->The flag's red, white and blue stripes symbolize the people, Buddhism and the monarchy, respectively (the latter being the favorite color of its designer, King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)). Members of the House of Chakri, Thailand's royal family, have their own flags, with field colors usually based on the lucky color of their birth weekday (from Sunday to Saturday: red, yellow, pink, green, orange, light blue and violet) -- the current King, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), is born on a Monday, thus his color is yellow, as does his second child, only son and Crown Prince, Vajiralongkorn, while his wife, Queen Sirikit, is light blue (Friday).

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->The flag's red, white white, and blue stripes symbolize the people, Buddhism Buddhism, and the monarchy, respectively (the latter being the favorite color of its designer, King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)). Members of the House of Chakri, Thailand's royal family, have their own flags, with field colors usually based on the lucky color of their birth weekday (from Sunday to Saturday: red, yellow, pink, green, orange, light blue and violet) -- the current King, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), is born on a Monday, thus his color is yellow, as does his second child, only son and Crown Prince, Vajiralongkorn, while his wife, Queen Sirikit, is light blue (Friday).
21st Jun '15 10:15:23 PM nombretomado
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Several dynasties have ruled the country. The current King is Bhumibol Adulyadej, 9th King of the Chakri dynasty, who is ruling since 1946 and is the world's longest-serving current monarch. Yellow is considered to be the color of the monarchy, and [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience many people wear yellow clothing on occasion]] to show respect to the king. (Don't confuse this with ''TheKingInYellow''.)

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Several dynasties have ruled the country. The current King is Bhumibol Adulyadej, 9th King of the Chakri dynasty, who is ruling since 1946 and is the world's longest-serving current monarch. Yellow is considered to be the color of the monarchy, and [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience many people wear yellow clothing on occasion]] to show respect to the king. (Don't confuse this with ''TheKingInYellow''.''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.)
13th Apr '15 5:03:03 PM blockboy
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