Siam

More than 1,000 years ago, people who mostly spoke a subset of the Tai languages began settling in what’s now called Thailand. But back then, it was named Siam, which came from the Sanskrit word “syam.” In 1939, after a successful coup, dictator Luang Phibunsongkhram changed the country’s name to Thailand. It was briefly called Siam again from 1945-48 when he was out of power.





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