Can you believe, Thailand was never colonized
Did you know? Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by a European country. In fact, the traditional name of the country is ‘Prathet Thai’ which means “land of the free.”
It is also fact that the French occupied the provinces of Chanthaburi and Trat on the Cambodian border in 1895, returning them to Thailand in exchange for the western part of Cambodia.
The historic Western-style buildings you see around Bangkok’s Old Town were built by King Rama V in efforts to save Siam from colonization by modernizing the kingdom. By cooperating with the British and French, (including making aforementioned land concessions) he helped save the country from invasion.