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Thawiphop (Thai: ทวิภพ, lit. 'Two Worlds') is a Thai historical romance novel written by Thommayanti and first published in 1986. It tells the story of Maneechan, a contemporary woman who is transported back in time via a magical mirror to the late 19th century, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). There she falls in love with a young nobleman, and ultimately ends up helping defend the country against the threat of colonisation by the French and the British.

The novel has become widely popular, and has been adapted into multiple television series, films and musicals. It has been cited by scholars as a prominent example of nationalist thought in mainstream Thai literature.[1][2]


  1. ^ Chaochuti, Thosaeng (December 2015). "For the Love of the Mother(land): Psychoanalysis and Nationalism in Two Thai Novels by Thommayanti". South East Asia Research. 23 (4): 535–551. doi:10.5367/sear.2015.0279.
  2. ^ Jewachinda Meyer, Morakot (2014). "The Thawiphop Phenomenon: Reimagining Nationalism in a Contemporary Thai Novel and Its Stage and Screen Adaptations". In Liamputtong, Pranee. Contemporary socio-cultural and political perspectives in Thailand. Dordrecht: Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-7244-1.