Since my last visit to Mae Sai, a spruced up sign has been erected to mark the northern-most point of the country.

Siamese Territory

The Thai reads: “The Northernmost point of Siam(ese Territory)”. This is an interesting way of expressing a geographic claim in modern day “Thailand”. Of course, other things around here still use Siam – but this is a particularly prominent spot where tens of thousands of people get their picture taken.

Does anybody out there in the blogosphere have any ideas about why Siam is retained in this particular context. Is it just because it sounds/looks better? Has echoes of a glorious Siamese past? Fits on the sign?

Any ideas?