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Southeast Asia has been inhabited for more than half a million years. Archaeological studies suggest that by 4000 BC, communities in what is now Thailand had emerged as centers of early bronze metallurgy. This development, along with the cultivation of wet rice, provided the impetus for social and political organization. Research suggests that these innovations may actually have been transmitted from there to the rest of Asia, including to China.

The Thai are related linguistically to Tai groups originating in southern China. Migrations from southern China to Southeast Asia may have occurred in the 6th and 7th centuries. Malay, Mon, and Khmer civilizations flourished in the region prior to the arrival of the ethnic Tai.

Thais date the founding of their nation to the 13th century.

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Getting started with Thailand research

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Jurisdictions in Thailand

Thailand is divided into 76 provinces (changwat, singular and plural).

  • Amnat Charoen
  • Ang Thong
  • Buriram
  • Chachoengsao
  • Chai Nat
  • Chaiyaphum
  • Chanthaburi
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Chon Buri
  • Chumphon
  • Kalasin
  • Kamphaeng Phet
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Khon Kaen
  • Krabi
  • Krung Thep Mahanakhon (Bangkok)
  • Lampang
  • Lamphun
  • Loei
  • Lop Buri
  • Mae Hong Son
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Mukdahan
  • Nakhon Nayok
  • Nakhon Pathom
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nakhon Sawan
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Nan
  • Narathiwat
  • Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Nong Khai
  • Nonthaburi
  • Pathum Thani
  • Pattani
  • Phangnga
  • Phatthalung
  • Phayao
  • Phetchabun
  • Phetchaburi
  • Phichit
  • Phitsanulok
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Phrae
  • Phuket
  • Prachin Buri
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Ranong
  • Ratchaburi
  • Rayong
  • Roi Et
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Samut Prakan
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Samut Songkhram
  • Sara Buri
  • Satun
  • Sing Buri
  • Sisaket
  • Songkhla
  • Sukhothai
  • Suphan Buri
  • Surat Thani
  • Surin
  • Tak
  • Trang
  • Trat
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Uthai Thani
  • Uttaradit
  • Yala
  • Yasothon

Research Tools


  • Join our group of Thailand researchers on Facebook & Skype
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Websites

  • The "Name" of the Leaders of Northern Thailand in the past.
  • The "Surname" that conferred by the Royal Thailand.
  • The "Group Leaders" of the Northern Thailand in the past. 
  • The "Rulers's History" of Thailand.

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