Chao (monarchy)

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For the West African ethnic group known as the Choa, see Baggara.

Chao (Thai: เจ้า) is a title of the Lannathai royal family members.

Chao Har Kan[edit]

Chao Har Kan (เจ้าห้าขัน, lit: Five lords) is the style for the high rank royalty in each Lannathai states.

After the fall of the absolute monarchy, the Chao har kan system was abolished by the People's Party (Khana Ratsadon - คณะราษฎร). In present days, all of the "Chao" family used "na Chiangmai", "na Lamphun" and "na Lampang" as their surname.

  • Chao Luang (เจ้าหลวง) - The position for the ruler of state. The Ruler of Chiang Mai is the upmost among 5 Lannathai states.
  • Chao Uparaja (เจ้าอุปราช) - The position for the viceroy of state.
  • Chao Rajawong (เจ้าราชวงศ์) - The position for a son of Chao Luang.
  • Chao Burirat (เจ้าบุรีรัตน์) - The position for a son of Chao Luang.
  • Chao Rajabute (เจ้าราชบุตร) - The position for a son of Chao Luang.