How Thailand escaped colonization

Before we start, here’s a quick fun tip for the road, Thailand was not always called Thailand. The Asian country was initially named Siam until the year 1939 when the name was changed to what we all know now. Good, now that we’ve gotten that over and done with, let’s talk about the day’s topic. How did Thailand (or Siam?) work a way around getting civilized when other Asian Countries were getting under the thumb of the European colonists? India, Burma, and Malaysia among others were grabbed by the British, Vietnam was colonized by the French, and the Dutch had gotten Indonesia under their control. So what was it about Siam that got them off the hook? It was a combination of a couple of factors


Smart Rulers

Around the period when the risk of colonialism was really high; Siam was lucky enough to have leaders who could make smart maneuvers, intelligently handle negotiations and look after the interests of their people. The title for Siam kings then was known as Rama, and the two kings being referred to specifically here are Rama IV and Rama V whose names are Mongkut and Chulalongkorn. First of all, under the rule of Rama IV, efforts were made to develop a form of modernism. Rather than continue with the previous feudal style system of government, the political system was adjusted to be a little more centralized, removing the authority of local rulers and concentrating the power in the capital Bangkok. Also, they developed a strong military force which indicated some level of strength and self-sufficiency to any external observers. In actual fact, this military force was so strong that they were able to attack the French as a preventive measure to avoid eventual colonization by the French.

Shrewd Negotiation

The Siam rulers again displayed their ingenuity through the various negotiations they made both with the British and the French in a bid to avoid colonialization. In 1859, after taking over Vietnam, France decided to look inwards and conquer more territory, and so they came towards Phnom Penh, an area with loyalty to Siam, the king then complained to Rama IV who tried in vain to appeal to the French, he also attempted to approach the British who conveniently ignored him since they had enough conquered territory already and also, they owed the French a favor for not interfering in some of their previous attempts at colonial conquest. It was some years after this that the preemptive military action previously mentioned was taken. Although all this did was to hold things off for a little while as Siam still ended up yielding some more territory to the French.

However, around 1895, the French and British held meetings about the area, and Rama V who had replaced his father Rama IV as king after his demise was able to lobby with the British to approach the French with the idea of keeping Siam as a buffer zone between the French and British territories. This idea was agreeable to the French. They acquiesced, and thus, Siam or Thailand remained a free territory.

Tips for taking your girlfriend to Thailand

Going to Thailand, and you are taking your girlfriend with you? Then you might want to know all the things that you can do and visit with your girl to make this an experience that you both won’t forget. There are many people that won’t consider Thailand is a romantic place that you can take your loved one to, but if you know all the tips and places that you can visit, then this can be a romantic getaway. Here are some of the things that you should know about taking your girlfriend to Thailand:

Make sure that you know what your girlfriend’s interests is

You need to make sure that you know what your girl’s interests is. It will not really make a romantic holiday if you are taking her to places that only you have an interest in. This can cause her to be bored and not enjoy the holiday at all.

The one thing that you need to know is that you should make time for her interests as well. Take her to the places that she wants to see and let her do the things that she wants to do in Thailand as well. Most women like doing shopping there, because of the specials and the large shopping centers there.

The best city to take her

You should also make sure that you are taking her to the best possible city, if she likes city life. Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand and is offering a large variety of activities to do.

However, if she doesn’t really like going to large cities, then Bangkok is the last place that you should take her. Even if you would love to see Bangkok and everything this city has to offer. This holiday is to make it special for her, not for you.

The perfect beach getaway

Not many people know this, but there are a variety of places in Thailand where you can take her, for a great beach getaway. In Thailand, there are a couple of beaches that are beautiful and that is the perfect getaway. Making sure that you are making her time special with the right beach destination.

With doing a bit of research, you can find the best beach resort and you can ensure that you are both going to have a great time.

You can take your girlfriend to Thailand and make it an unforgettable holiday for her and for you. There are just a couple of things that you should know about this destination in order to make sure that you and her holiday are the best possible. Taking her to the right places and make sure that you are doing some great activities that she like, is all that she would ask from you. And, this can make her holiday the best holiday ever.   Believe it or not, if you are ever in Port Huron MI, there is a very authentic Thai restaurant there that will taste like you are actually there without the expense of traveling all that way!