Thailand was originally known as Siam with the term generally referring to people who lived in southwestern China before migrating to other areas of Southeast Asia. The term “Siam” refers to syam, or “dark brown” people and Siamese people were first referred to in the 12th Century. It was during this period that the King…

Pattaya Pattaya gained its name from Phraya Tak who later became known as King Taksin the Great who marched along with his followers from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi in 1767. At that time and indeed up until the mid-1950’s the town largely paled into insignificance, dwarfed by the much larger Naklua to the north and Rayong…