Siam. . .Thailand

Jewel of Southeast Asia

For 500 years, Westerners have called one magical Asian kingdom "Siam"Siam - Circa 1711

Siam - Home of the world's most beautiful cities

16th century French travelers reported that the Siamese capital Ayutthaya was the most beautiful city in the East, rivaling Paris itself.  Their detailed accounts described Siam as a land of fabulous temples and traditions set in pleasure garden surroundings. 

 

Since then the mention of Siam has inspired visions of a lush Far Eastern paradise...a land of of great Kings and Queens, gilded palaces, complex culture and intricate handicrafts. The truth about Siam is every bit as exotic as the fantastic accounts Westerners have related for 500 years. And more.

 

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1956

Siam still blends beauty, ancient traditions and tropical abundance.  Siam's reigning King Bhumibol Adulyadej is an enlightened and compassionate champion of the people. King Bhumibol, born December 5th, 1927 in Cambridge Massachusetts, is the world's only American-born monarch.  He ascended the throne of Siam on June 9th, 1946 at 18 years of age and today heSiam - Siamese dancers is the world's longest reigning monarch. 

 

His dedication to his duties and his people is extraordinary.  He is a king not only by birth, but by his actions and accomplishments.  For this he is rewarded by the unwavering love, respect and devotion of all Thai citizens. To learn more about the Royal Family and their projects benefiting the Thai people, please visit the Golden Jubilee Network.

 

On May 11, 1949 Siam became Thailand, the "Land of the Free", ruled by a constitutional monarchy.  Unlike all of its Southeast Asian neighbors, Thailand was never colonized by a  Western power. This rare history of freedom has made Thais intensely proud of their Siamese culture and sincere in welcoming visitors and ideas from around the world.

 

Today, the essence of Siam lives in the hearts and minds of sixty million Thai citizens and millions of enamored visitors alike.  It is embodied in the living culture of Thailand. Our organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the memory, history, people and culture of Southeast Asia. To learn more, visit us at www.DatASIA.us

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