So I'm trying to connect Thailand to the conversation I'm having about the Philippines. So linguistically Thai is heavily influenced by Sanskrit which comes from a region in India and Tagalog is influenced by Hindi which is also from India. Indonesia is influenced by Persian. And Persian and Sanskrit have noticeable similarities. And Bahasa Indonesian and Tagalog are similar. And that is how I tie Thailand to the Philippines.
I grew up with Thai friends in my town. The sayaves .