About the Book
The dominant force in each of the kingdoms – the Chao Phraya River and its tributaries. Along these rivers lie the ancient cities of Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Phitsanulok, Chai Nat, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Pet and Si Satchanalai. Each was to play a significant role in the development of the Siamese kingdom.
This book follows a journey around the royal cities of the Central Plains of Thailand; cities that have witnessed all of these majestic developments. It is a journey into the heart of Thailand.
History teaching was my job but also my passion. There is no better way of learning history than traveling to the site where it happened. As a teacher at a Bangkok international school for 20 years I was very fortunate to be so close to some of history's great sites, and even more fortunate that the wonderful students were keen to take history trips and make them so enjoyable. Since retirement I have had the great privilege of researching and writing family history and meeting some amazing people who are a part of my wider family.