Talk:Gulf of Thailand

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Gulf Renamed[edit]

If there's an official date when the Gulf of Siam became the Gulf of Thailand, I suggest inserting it.
Dick Kimball (talk) 13:57, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Probably 23 June 1939 when the country of Siam was renamed to Thailand. But this is WP:SYN and therefore not allowed. Bazonka (talk) 10:22, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Point in Cambodia or Vietnam[edit]

...the Western extreme of Cambodia or Camau Point (8°36'N), a point which is
actually in Vietnam...

I found this confusing. Could the original contributor or someone familiar with the geography of the area please straighten out in which country the point being described falls? The Wikipedia entry on Cape Cà Mau, to which "Camau Point" is linked, indicates that it's in Vietnam. It also might be a good idea to add the longitude (somewhere between 104°40'E and 104°55'E) to the geographic coordinates.
Dick Kimball (talk) 14:26, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Camau Point is in Vietnam, but for some reason the IHO definition incorrectly states that it is in Cambodia. This is the official definition, so we should state it in full, but with a clarification note. I've reworded the paragraph. IHO also does not give a longitude in their definition. Bazonka (talk) 10:19, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

The problem is that the IHO's "Limits of Oceans and Seas (1953), 3rd Ed." was was written before the breakup of French Indochina officially occurred in 1954. 1954 officially is when Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos boundaries were set, there were some ambiguities of the boundaries during the writing and draft's review (late 1940s and early 1950s) prior to the 1953 publication. The latter drafts of the 4th Ed. in 1986 and 2002 have the southern boundary correct, but have never been approved by the member nations due to 'concerns', mainly about the boundary of the South China Sea and what to call the Sea of Japan. There appears to be no dispute over the Gulf of Thailand, but one cannot reference a document that is not officially published, even if it has been being used for 30 years.
I got this information off of the IHO website, I am not directly linking to it, since my Norton Antivirus is giving me warnings every time I access it. If you go to the web site search S-23 this will bring up everything related. S-23 WG (Work Group) is the group that has been work for 30 years on the 4th Ed. Plmerry (talk) 03:00, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Officially not part of South Chinese Sea[edit]

The article says

 ... the Gulf of Siam, is a shallow arm of the South China Sea

right in the first sentence, whereas the International Hydrographic Organization says the Gulf is not even part of it: [1] (§§47 and 49), or [2]. -- Käptn Weltall (talk) 13:40, 23 March 2015 (UTC)