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He established the city of Thonburi as the new capital, as the city of Ayutthaya had been almost completely destroyed by the invaders.His reign was characterized by numerous wars; he fought to repel new Burmese invasions and to subjugate the northern Thai kingdom of Lanna, the Laotian principalities, and a threatening Cambodia.He was immediately called back to Ayutthaya to protect the city.

On April 7, 1767, Ayutthaya was facing the full blast of the Burmese siege.

After the destruction of Ayutthaya and the death of the Thai king, the country was split into six parts, with Sin controlling the east coast.

On November 6, 1767, having mastered 5,000 troops and all in fine spirits, Taksin sailed up the Chao Phraya River and seized Thonburi opposite present day Bangkok, executing the Thai governor, Thong-in, whom the Burmese had placed over it.

Taksin took important steps to show that he was a worthy successor to the throne.

In 1765, when the Burmese attacked Ayutthaya, Phraya Tak defended the capital, for which he was given the title "Phraya Vajiraprakarn" of Kamphaeng Phet.

But he did not have a chance to govern Kamphaeng Phet because war broke out again.

In 1764, the Burmese army attacked the southern region of Thailand.

Led by Muang Maha Noratha, the Burmese army was victorious and marched on to Phetchaburi.

Together with Tong-Duang, now Chao Phraya Chakri, he eventually managed to drive back the Burmese, defeat his rivals and reunify the country.

Due to his courage and skill in fighting the enemy, he was promoted to be the governor of Kamphaeng Phet with the title of Phraya Vajiraprakarn (Thai:พระยาวชิรปราการ), but he was popularly referred as Phraya.

It was during this time that Phraya Vajiraprakarn experienced many setbacks which led him to doubt the value of his endeavours.

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