One of the exaggerated nuggets of official Thai history focuses on Siamese independence in December 1767 after its capital Ayutthaya had been sacked by converging Burmese armies seven months earlier.
Myanmar President Thein Sein, left, and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra inspect a guard of honour at Government House last year. Once traditional rivals, both Thailand and Myanmar now need each other—and must work together—for their economic prosperity and peace.
It is said that the reclamation of independence was attributable to King Taksin's uncommon valour and extraordinary skill in military leadership, strategy and organisation.
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