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History of Thai
Thai Writing
Thai is written in an alphabetical script that originated in South India. The earliest surviving writings are stone inscriptions dating back to the 13th and 14th Centuries.

Since then many letters have undergone considerable changes in appearance, and to read the old script you need special training.

One of the most striking features of the modern Thai writing system is the absence of the spaces between words. Letters generally flow uninterruptedly through a sentence.

When spaces do occur, they often correspond to some form of punctuation mark in English such as a full stop, comma or question mark. Thai itself seldom uses punctuation marks and there are no capital letters in the Thai script.

And Finally...
Should you be lucky enough to visit the bustling city of Bangkok, be sure to use the abbreviated name otherwise it will take you some time to pronounce. The city's full name is:

"KRUNGHEEP - PHRAMAHAA NAKHOON BOWOON - RATTANAKOOSIN MAHIN THARAAYUTTAYAA MAHAA DILOK -PHIPHOP NOP PHARAT RAAT CHATHAANII - BURII ROM UDOM SANTISUK. (Tone marks omitted).

or in other words:

"The City of Gods. The Great City. The Residence of the Emerald Buddha. The Impregnable City (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra. The Grand Capital of the World endowed with nine precious gems. The Happy City, abounding in enormous Royal Palace which resembles the Heavenly Abode where reigns the Reincarnated God. A City given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn."

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