From Siam to Thailand

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Like its neighbor Burma, Thailand was more influenced by India than by China. People in Thailand were probably becoming Buddhists by the 200s BC, in the time of the Mauryan Empire in India. On the Silk Road, Thailand sold spices and beeswax.

Kingdom of Funan

Starting in the late 500s AD, the Kingdom of Funan got started. The kingdom of Funan collapsed in the early 800s AD.

Khmer Empire

In the 1200s, the Mongols came south from China and conquered the Khmer Empire of Thailand as well as Burma. The Mongol conquest reoriented Thai culture more towards China. A Chinese ambassador, Zhou Daguan, came to Thailand and wrote a book about what Thailand and Cambodia were like.

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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. From Siam to Thailand. Study Guides, October 24, 2017. Web. December 16, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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