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A Complete List?

October 20, 2008
Tai Groups of Thailand

Tai Groups of Thailand

Here is a list of groups taken from the three volumes of Ethnic Groups of Thailand by Joachim Schliesinger.

Tai Language Groups
Kaleung
Khorat Thai
Lao
Lao Ga
Lao Isan
Lao Krang
Lao Lom, Tai Dan, Tai Loei
Lao Ngaew
Lao Song
Lao Ti
Lao Wieng
Lue
Phuan
Phu Tai
Seak
Southern Thai
Tai Bueng
Tai Dam
Tai Gapong
Tai Khoen
Tai Mao
Tai Wang
Tai Ya
Tai Yai
Tai Yong
Tai Yor
Takbai Thai
Thai
Yoy
Yuan

Non-Tai Groups

Austro-Asiatic Language Family
Mon
Chaobon
Kui
Bru
So
Seak
Kaleung
Thavung
Chong
Khamu
Htin
Kha Hor
Mlabri
Palaung
Lawa
Lamet
Blang
Samtao
Parauk
Semang

Austro-Thai Language Family
Cham
Sea Gypsies (Mawken, Moklen, Uraklawoi, Orang Lanta, Orang Sireh
Hmong
Mien

Sino-Tibetan Language Family
Lahu
Lisu
Akha
Bisu
Mpi
Gong
Kachin
Sgaw Karen
Pwo Karen
Pa-O
Kayah
Padong
Kayaw
Haw

Suvarnabhumi Airport

March 13, 2008

The King of Thailand chose Suvarnabhumi as the name of the new Bangkok airport to the east of the city.¬† This was an interesting choice. Suvarnabhumi or sometimes Suwannaphum refers to an ancient land, literally “Golden Land” or “Land of Gold”, mentioned in some ancient Indian chronicles.

Whether it was in Southern India or some part of SE Asia is open to question, but there is a possibility it was centered in what is now the Thai Cambodian border region. Where ever it was it must have pre dated the migration of the Tai peoples south into what is now Thailand and the rise of the Mon and Khmer kingdoms.

The Ethnic Groups of Thailand

March 6, 2008

This is the first post on this blog. I would like to use this blog to carry information on the history of the people who now live in Thailand. As an expat living in the country I didn’t find that much information available when I first came. Because of the nationalism in Thailand in the 1930s¬†through to the 1960s I suspect many Thai people also wouldn’t really know their own origins.