Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. You may witness royal palaces, great temples, ancient ruins, tropical beaches, and biodiverse dive spots. It’s not only that, but Thailand is also pretty affordable too; enjoy the cuisine and spots in this enchanting country.
When traveling to Thailand, don’t worry as most locals in the Cities especially the tourist destinations speak English. However, in remote areas and for those who haven’t got the opportunity to study English then you might as well learn Basic Thai Phrases.
In this article, we will be giving you Basic Thai Phrases that you could learn before traveling to Thailand. This includes greetings, asking for directions, getting help on emergencies, accommodation, food, and many more. Have fun studying Thai!
- Thai has 5 tones; Low, Mid, High, Falling and Rising. The meaning may change based on tone, however, Thai people will help you out.
- Thai script or alphabet has 44 consonants and 15 vowels
- Chan is “I,” however, males may use Phom and is exclusive for them.
- For males, to make your sentence or question more polite, add khráp at the last. For females, you need to add khâ.
Why is it important for travelers to know Thai Phrases?
Though Thai people study English in their school, some people are too shy to speak it. Most fluent ones are also found in the bustling cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai. However, if you are planning to go to remote areas, it is better to prepare yourself with Thai phrases or google translate.
Locals would also enjoy hearing Foreigners speak their language. So maybe if you put effort into learning this, you will earn smiles or hopefully, a lot of Thai friends. Good luck on this learning adventure!
Sa-wat-dii (khráp / khâ) – Hi. Hello. (formal male/female)
Sa-wat-dii toon tsjaauw– Good Morning
Sa-wat-dii toon baaj – Good Afternoon
Sa-wat-dii toon jen – Good Evening
Raa trie sawad – Good Night
Laa kon – GoodBye (formal)
Sa-wat-dii khráp / khâ – Good-Bye (informal male/female)
Sabaai-dii rue? – How are you?
Sabaai-dii – I am fine
Kho thot – Excuse Me.
Phom/Di-chan cheu … – (Male/Female) my name is …
Chan mā cāk … – I am from …
Chan xasay yuu ni … – I live in …
Chan pen chaw … – I am (nationality).
(Example: Chan pen chaw Filippins– I am Filipino)
Chai – Yes
Mai Chai – No
Tok long – OKkay
Àdschá – Maybe
Jing jing rue – Really?
Karunaa – Please
Khop khoen khráp / khâ– Thank You (Male / Female)
Mai pen rai – You are Welcome
Phuut phaasa … dai mai– Do You Speak (language)?
Phuut phaasa ang-krit dai mai– Do You Speak English?
Kao jai – I understand
Mai khao jai – I don’t understand
Phuut phaasa thai mai dai – I can’t speak Thai
Chan phuut thai nidhnxy – I speak a little Thai.
Phuut iik thii – Please repeat it.
Phuut chaa chaa noi – Please speak more slowly
Chan mai keaci phaasa thai – Does someone speak English?
Phuut wa … ni pen phaasa thai – How to say … in Thai?
Directions and Places
Thii nai – Where?
… yuu thii nai – Where is the …?
Example: Hong nam yuu thii nai – Where is the toilet?
Sa-thaa-nii rot fai – Railway Station
Sanaam bin – Airport
Paai-rot-me – Bus stop
Rong-raem – Hotel
Rong phyabal – Hospital
H̄̂āng s̄rrph s̄inkĥā – Mall
R̂ān s̄adwk sụ̄̂x – Department Store
Pai … na khráp / khâ – Take me to …, please
Ja pai … yang rai – How do I go to ..?
Thāng h̄ịn … – Which way?
Thāng h̄ịn khụ̄x Sa-thaa-nii rot fai – Which way is the train station?
kuwaa – Right
Saai – Hidari
trong pai – Straight
Sue tua pai … noi – One ticket to …, please
Khun mii hong waang mai – Do you have any rooms available?
Hong samrap nueng-khon raakaa thao rai? – How much is a room for one person?
Phom/Di-chan ja yu … kuen – I will stay for … nights.
Kho to saamrap … thi khráp / khâ – A table for … person(s), please.
Kho duu menuu khráp / khâ– Can I see the menu, please?
Khwām phiṣ̄es̄ʹ k̄hxng r̂ān xāh̄ār khụ̄x xarị – What is the specialty of the Restaurant?
Chan tong kaan kin xāh̄ār thai – I want to eat Thai food.
Phom/di-chan mai kin … – I don’t eat ….
Dum – Drink
Muu – pork
Nuea – beef
Kai – beef
Kho … kaew nueng – May I have a glass of ….
Bia – Beer
Naam plao – Water
Chiyo! – Cheers!
Keb ngern duai –The check, please?
Thao rai – How much Thèā h̄ịr̀
Nī̀i thao rai – How much is this?
Kun mī k̄hnād nī̂ h̄ịm – Do you have that (near you) in my size
Kun rap bat kredit mai – Do you accept credit card?
At-traa laek plien tao rai – What is the exchange rate?
Chan tong kaan – I need …
Yaa – medicine
Xahar – food
Kherụ̄̀xng dụ̄̀m – drinks
K̄hxng thī̀ ralụk – souvenirs
Tasukete – Help.
Phom/Chan tongkaan khwaam chuai luea – I need your help.
Phom/Chan ja jaang taamruat – I’ll call the Police
Phom/Chan long thaang – I’m lost.
Krapao khong phom/chan haai – I lost my bag
Phom/Chan mai sabaai – I am sick.
Phom/Chan tongkaan mo – I need a doctor.
Chan t̂xngkār tidt̀x s̄t̄hān thūt k̄hxng c̄hạn – I want to contact my Embassy.
Nueng – One
Song – Two
Saam – Three
Sii – Four
Haa – Five
Hok – Six
Jet – Seven
Paet – Eight
Kao – Nine
Sip – Ten
Sip-et – Eleven
Yii-sip song – Twenty Two
Nueng roi – One Hundred
Nueng phan – One Thousand
Nueng Muen – Ten Thousand
Nueng saen– One Hundred Thousand
Nueng laan – One Million
Other terms that may be of use
Pord t̄h̀āyrūp c̄hạn – please take my picture
C̄hạn s̄āmārt̄h t̄h̀āyrūp dị̂ h̄ịm – can I take pictures?
C̄hạn s̄āmārt̄h k̄hêā – can I enter?
Thāng k̄hêā (Thāngxxk) xyū̀ thī̀h̄ịn – where is the entrance (exit)
S̄wy – Beautiful
The Basic Thai Phrases for your travel in Thailand will be helpful in your interactions with locals as well as in emergencies. Bookmark this article now and start practicing your Thai!
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