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Smaller ethnic groups are scattered throughout the country, especially in the north and the northeast.
Bangkok has been the capital since the late eighteenth century, when it replaced the earlier capital of Ayutthaya, which was sacked by Burmese invaders in 1767.
The country is commonly divided into four main regions and borders Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia.
The northern region is hilly, with much of its population concentrated in upland valleys and the flood plains of rivers; the dominant geographic feature is the Khorat Plateau.
The name "Thailand" is associated with the dominant ethnic group, Thai. It was an absolute monarchy until 1932, when it became a constitutional monarchy.
In the isolated inland areas of the south, there are about 1,000 forest-dwelling peoples referred to as Orang Asli in Malay. Thai is a Daic language in the southwestern Tai group.The Lanna Thai account for about 8 percent of the national population.The Pak Thai constitute about 8 percent of the population.Several small ethnic groups in the northeast speak Mon-Khmer languages; the largest of these groups is the Kuy (about 235,000).These groups have been largely assimilated into the Tai-speaking populations.