A History of Thailand

Even though modern tourism in Thailand has implemented numerous foreign activities ranging from karaoke to Hollywood movies, the more traditional pursuits still win hands-down every time.

The ever-graceful movements of the more classical Thai dancing ( Classical Khon Dancing)  is always a draw-card attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world to little make-shift theatres dotted throughout Thailand. Not only is Thai dancing still a much sought-after pursuit, the Thai obsession of Muay Thai boxing still remains ever-strong and is extremely popular.

Early History:

The history of tourism in Thailand is more about being that of a region rather than of a single nation, and over the centuries many people have made this their home.

Most recent to settle here were the Tai of Southern China who established themselves in the southernmost parts of Thailand and of whom most of the Thais are descended from.

When Europeans first laid eyes on the mysterious ruins in the forest in the far East region of Ayutthaya, they thought these were ancient ruins left by the Greeks or even the Chinese – and it was not until the 19th century that the history of the Khmers who were rulers of this area and covered much of present-day Cambodia emerged.

The Khmers were some of the world’s greatest ancient architects; needless to say many of these sites are well worth your while visiting when in Thailand; and in Cambodia restoration of archeological sites is an ongoing pursuit in the capital of Angkor.


After the city of Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese n 1767, a new city, Krung Thep (Bangkok) was built farther South on the banks of the Chao Phraya River when the Chakri dynasty was founded.

In the 19th Century Kings Mongkut and Chulalongkorn modernised Thailand, with the country showing great resistance to the colonisation by France and Britain.

In 1932 Thailand experienced a revolution that put an end to the country being ruled by a monarch and in 1939 Phibun Songkram – a former soldier in the Thai army, changed to name of the country from Siam to Thailand -  Land of the Thai People.

Even though Thailand has been privy to numerous coup de tats since then, and a cycle of economic flourish and bust was experienced during the 1980’s and the 90’s with political upheaval throughout 2013 as well as 2014, Thailand is still a relatively peaceable place to visit.

Commerce and communications are concentrated in Bangkok with a population of 9.5 million people and rising, wilt the rest of Thailand still being primarily rural.

High-spirited sanuk (pleasure) is an all-encompassing way of life for the Thai people, even on the most solemn of occasions such as spiritual ceremonies with the locals indulging in passions so essential to understanding life and holidays in Thailand.

The history of tourism in Thailand throughout the years has shaped what it is today – a much sought-after tourist destination.