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A vital cultural differentiation in Southeast Asia occurred in Srivijaya: the city-state of Tambralinga (Nakhon Si Thammarat) adopted Buddhism, while the Malay city-states further south converted to Islam. By the 15th century, a permanent religious frontier existed on the peninsula between the Buddhist mainland of Southeast Asia and Muslim Malaya. Srivijaya was the most important trading empire of ancient Southeast Asia. Its centre is believed to have been in Palembang on Sumatra. While these great empires gradually declined in the 12th to 16th centuries, Tai peoples in the hinterlands of Southeast Asia were successfully establishing new states.
Transit again through Bangkok to dip your toes into the agricultural northeast. Crawl through the jungle of Khao Yai National Park (Click here). Then head to Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat; Click here), a transit point for trips to the Angkor ruins at Phimai (Click here) and the pottery village of Dan Kwian (Click here). Return to beginning of chapter BEACH BINGING Three Weeks/Surat Thani to Khao Lak Boat to the Gulf islands from Surat Thani. Bus from Surat Thani to Phuket. From Phuket boat to Ko Phi-Phi or bus to Krabi.
Military Rule & the Cold War In 1957, General Sarit Thanarat took over, subjecting Thailand to a true military dictatorship: abolishing the constitution, dissolving the parliament and banning all political parties. In the 1950s, the US directly involved itself in Southeast Asia, attempting to contain communist expansion in the region. In the context of the Cold War, the US government gave economic and military support to the Sarit government. Sarit supported expansion of the royal role, seeing in the king a ‘unifying authority’ for the nation.