Thai also called Siamese is a language spoken by 67 million people, it is the national language of Thailand. The Thai uses the Thai alphabet which is derived from the Khmer, itself from the Pali. The earliest texts date back to the Sukhothai period, the most famous being engraved in characters considered the origin of Siamese writing (1292), in the stele of King Kamheng. The first book written in Siamese would be the Trai Phum (1345). From the 14th to the 18th century, the predominance of the works that develop is in verse. The first poems are "Ongkam Chaeng Nam", "Mahachat Khamluang", and "Phra Lo", name of the hero of this long poem of tragic love. The golden age of the Ayuthia literature is located in the 17-18th century, a number of texts are written in verses, for example, the poems "Kamsuan Sri Prat", a famous nirat (separation poem), and The "Thawathotsamat", a poem of love regrets. In the 18th century, dominate the poems with delicate descriptions of Thammathibet. The Burmese invasion of 1767 will result in the disappearance of almost all Thai literary heritage, but will be followed by a revival. The Thai poets, Sunthon Phu will be the author of admirable nirats, Paramanuchit gives us an important poetic work. In the 20th century, poetry will be remarkably represented by the Thai poet Angkarn Pongpaibun. Formerly the kingdom of Siam, Thailand, with its magnificent beaches has been oriented towards tourism. Although very rural the country has one of the highest literacy rates of Asia!
pâap kŏng kun têe sà-tón nai grà-jòk ngao
bpen pâap têe sŭay ngaam têe sùt
dtàe tam-mai pâap nán dâai hăai bpai yàang rûat reo
láe nân keu kwaam rák kráng sùt táai kŏng chăn