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Farangs in Thailand

April 3, 2008

Westerners in Thailand are usually called farangs. Because Thailand was never colonized the mixture of Western nationalities is quite broad. The most famous farang in the Ayutthaya period was a Greek. Today some of the Bangkok trading companies can chase their origins to Swedish or Danish founders.

 Also during this period the two great trading nationalities were the Portuguese and the Dutch. Later it would be the British and the French. The Dutch built a trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya river on the west bank of what is now Samut Prakan. Close to where the Phra Samut Chedi is now was the Dutch Town.

 There are no remains or ruins now. The river has changed its course numerous times and the Dutch Town was probably not much more than trading post behind a wood stockade, not much different to the US Cavalry outposts in the Wild West.