Centuries before a united country was established, the area was a formation of several different empires, including the Khmer, Lanna, Mon and Malay kingdoms. The first “Thailand” in recorded history is said to be the Kingdom of Sukhothai, which was established midway through the 13th century. Sukhothai continued to grow and develop, becoming the leading kingdom in the region.
Its culture mixes strong Indian influences, Chinese traditions, and elements that are uniquely Thai. With its diverse geography, friendly people, and stunning scenery. Thai culture is also influenced by religion. With most of Thai people being Buddhist, the belief system and value of Buddhism play a huge role in life. The most important values that Thai people hold to are respect, self-control, and a non-confrontational attitude.