The Kings, Queens, Prince's & Princess's, to Lords, Generals
From, the kingdoms of Lung, Ai-Lao, Nanchao, and Funan, to Chenla, Angkor, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Saen, including Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, and Ayutthaya up to Modern day Chakri dynasty of Thailand:
The Thai tribes in their early days some two thousand years ago or more had their home probably in the north-west, corner of China which is now the province of Shen-si. The word Shen-si in Chinese means "west" of the "Shen". The word "Shen" so far as I know cannot be translated as it is only the name of a province ( meaning a "mountain pass"). The Chinese tribes had their old home here too. The word "Shan" which the Burmese have given to the Thai tribes in Northern Burma and else where, and the word "Siam" are one and the same word. These two words no doubt derived their origin from Shen of Shen-si. I am inclined to agree with this view because of the fact that the name of the Kingdom of Nan-Chao of the Thai in Yunnan in an earlier period was called "Shan San" by the Chinese.
In view of the above fact, there was no doubt that the Thai mixed and blended freely, whether as friends or as foes, with the Chinese of those days. The fortunes of the Thai were bound up with the Chinese every now and then in the episodes of Chinese history throughout those times. Gradually the fortune of the Thai waned and by force of circumstances they had to emigrate further south until they finally established themselves as the Kingdom of Nan-Chao in Southern China. This Kingdom was finally subjugated by Kublai Khan, the first emperor of the Chinese Mongol dynasty some 700 years ago.
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