Thailand Books Culture & History

Thailand Books and Culture

The old city of Ayutthaya is an excellent source to understand Thailand / Siam and that means most of the time we are aware of. Probably the most lively is the book "Siamese White" by Maurice Collis and a visit of the Bangkok National Museum near the "Grand Palace. There is the visual part. 

Thailand Books and Culture

Siamese White by Maurice Collis

For more visit the Bangkok National Museum and probably the best library is from the Siam Society at ASOKE. It's real amazing what interesting books they have on south East Asia. 

Thailand History

This is about the social, cultural, literary, and urban life of the past. Although most essays may contain references to the present in part to provide contrast between two very different eras in history—the core of each essay deals with an earlier time when the Tai world functioned as a multitude of units stretched across the Mekong region and down the Chao Phraya River Valley complex, with extensions east into the uplands of the Red and Black Rivers and west to the Upper Salween, Irrawaddy, and the Brahmaputra where the Tai-Ahom, the least known of the Tai peoples, live. 

Much of the region is mountainous with average altitudes ranging from 10,000 feet in the Yunnan Plateau, where few Tai live, dropping to 6,000 to 3,000 feet in the Shan plateau, along the Red and Black rivers, and some areas in the Lao Plateau, decreasing still further, from 3,000 to 600 feet along the Lower Upper Mekong, the Upper Chao Phraya Valley complex (the Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan rivers) and the Phetchabun Range. The main Chao Phraya Valley, the Khorat Plateau, and the Middle Mekong Basin are below 600 feet in altitude.

The Mekong River is one of the world's longest, running for 2,795 miles from Tibet, through Southwestern China, and on to form the modern boundaries of Burma and Laos, then Thailand and Laos. When it reaches modem Cambodia and Vietnam it begins to divide, creating new channels, as it moves still farther south and east to exit in the South China Sea. Because of the length of the Mekong and the diversity of peoples who live in its basin.

The Tai are an ethnic family who lives in Mainland Southeast Asia and Southern China. The term "Tai" refers both to the general family and to a large number of its members who live in the uplands and along the rivers in that area. The aspirated form, "Thai," is usually used for the Tai-Siamese or Central Thai of the Chao Phraya Valley, as well as the inhabitants of the modern nation-state of Thailand.