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Nai Thiha (1404-) is an explorer from The Kingdom of Hanthawaddy. He is famous for hist many voyages.
Nai Thiha of Pegu was an explorer of Hanthawaddy who explored most of the known world around the Indian Ocean.
The first voyage came from a Mon legend that told of a land where gold flowed through the streets, on the southern tip of Africa. The voyage began in Hanthawaddy, stopped in Ceylon, and continued to the city-state of Mombasa. From there, it continued to the south. Along the way, Thiha collected animal and plant samples, and planted Buddhist Mon communities. His expedition reached as far as OTL Cape Town. There the party turned back. Despite not finding the mysterious gold city, they established lucrative trade with Swahili city-states and Great Zimbabwe.
"The people have a complex commerce system and wide, expansive ports. The people are highly hospitable and, despite lacking proper manners towards outsiders, seem to possess an amount of intellect that could even rival the courts of Delhi, China, and Pegu… Outside the cities, the people seem to subside on more savage behaviour, hunting for deer and other game. They have little idea of civilization and do not appear to have any reasoning abilities."—Nai Thiha on Swahilis in Mombasa
The second voyage was a general exploration mission to explore the OTL Indonesian islands. It began in Pegu, passed Melaka, and continued in the Java Sea. The expedition continued as far as the island of Daru. On the return journey, the expedition sought to explore the mysterious continent of Australia, which they named Toakataw. The expedition followed the Gulf of Carpenteria, and bore two Mon settlements. The expedition turned north around OTL present-day Darwin.
The third voyage was a land voyage to Europe, through India and Persia. When Thiha reached Antioch, he boarded a ship which took him to Genoa. He commented on the natives:
"The inhabitants of Genoa know commerce, and have a highly developed maritime system. They have tall buildings and an efficient city layout. However, they are otherwise highly primitive. They rarely take baths, and when they do it is in their own stagnant water. They show little respect for passerby, refusing to show even gestures of recognition. However, among their most repulsive habits is to sit across a table, stab their food with a metal fork, and masticate in front of their kin. They are cursed with a wasteland devoid of resources, and have little but savage forms of art and sculpture to claim as their own.