Thai Language

Basic Thai phrases

It's always good to know few basic phrases in local language when you are traveling. It can be really handy if you will be traveling in remote areas. If not, at least it will help you to get few more sincere Thai smiles from the people you will meet. You should not forget to add Thai particles of politeness - khrap at the end if you are male, and kha if you are female - and you will get even further.

Hello; Goodbye - sawatdee

Hello (for men) - sawatdee khrap

Hello (for women) - sawatdee kha

How are you? - sabaidee mai?

Fine! - sabaidee

Not fine - mai sabai

Thank you (for men) - khop khun khrap

Thank you (for women) - khop khun kha

Talking of Thai Food

Thai food might be one of the reasons you are coming for to Thailand. Knowing some of Thai words can help you not to get lost in the variety of Thai Food names, especially if you like eating local street food - far from all street vendors can speak English and even less of them bother writing the names of dishes in other language than Thai.

Thai Language

Below you can find some important words that can help you not to die from hunger in Thailand... OK, it's nearly impossible but anyway, it's good to know some words for making your Thai Food experience smoother.

Main Thai Food phrases

food, meal - a-han

Thai food - a-han thai

Chinese food - a-han jeen

seafood - a-han tha laeh

restaurant - ran a-han

to eat - gin a-han

You can't eat spicy food? Better let them know in advance as Thai Food can be really spicy:

not spicy - mai phet

Your meal was delicious? Don't forget to praise it:

very tasty - aroi mak

Thai Food dishes

You may have an idea of Thai Food dishes you wish to try while on your trip in Thailand (check Top 10 Thai Food Dishes You Must Try if not yet) and it's a good idea to know their names in Thai.

Thai fried noodles - phad thai

Tom Yum - tom yum

Thai style curry - gaeng

Thai fried rice - khao phat

pork skewer - moo sate

sausage - sai grok

rice - khao

sticky rice - khao niao

Noodles in Thai

There plenty of noodle types in Thailand and for the first timer it might be difficult to know the difference.

noodles - sen

rice noodles - mee

egg noodles - ba mee

rice noodles - guay tiao

Learn how to order noodle in Thai with our Thai Street Food Guide: How to Order Noodle in Thailand.

Variations of egg in Thai

There are many variations of Thai omelette you should try, oyster omelette being the top choice of tourists. Or you can be like a Thai and order a fried egg on top of your rice dish - knowing these words it will be easy to do.

egg - khai

omelette - khai jeaw

fried egg - khai dao

boiled egg - khai tom

Meat and fish in Thai

Thai dishes quite often can be ordered with an addition of your choice - you can have your Pad Thai plain, with chicken, shrimps or seafood, whatever you like the most. Just add one of these Thai words and if the vendor has it, you will get it.

meat, beef - neua

chicken - gai

duck - bpet

pork - moo

seafood - ta laeh

fish - pla

shrimp - goong

crab - bpu

Drinks in Thai

Getting thirsty? You just need to know few words and can order your drink in Thai.

water - nam

ice - nam kheng

fruit juice - nam phon-la-mai

milk - nohm

coffee - ga fae

tea - cha

beer - bia

Thai numbers

Being able to speak and understand numbers in Thai is an essential skill for any traveller in Thailand. Even if the numbers are the most common English words known by Thais, you can't always rely on their knowledge, especially if you are dealing with some street vendor or motorbike driver who rarely if ever interacts with foreigners. Learning Thai numbers is easy and it can help you a lot. Use your knowledge for bargaining and your chances of getting "Thai" price will grow up significantly!

How much..? - tao rai?

money – ngern

Thai Numbers

Although Thai has its own numerals, western digits are more commonly used throughout Thailand.

1 - neung (๑)

2 - song (๒)

3 - sam (๓)

4 - see (๔)

5 - haa (๕)

6 - hok (๖)

7 - jet (๗)

8 - bpet (๘)

9 - gao (๙)

10 - sip (๑๐)

When you know these ten numbers, counting in Thai becomes easy.

11 - sip et

12 - sip song

13 - sip sam

14 - sip see

15 - sip haa

16 - sip hok

17 - sip jet

18 - sip bpet

19 - sip gao

20 - yee sip

21 - yee sip et

30 - sam sip

40 - see sip

50 - haa sip

60 - hok sip

70 - jet sip

80 - bpet sip

90 - gao sip

100 - roi

101 - roi neung

200 - song roi

If you are dealing with large numbers and more zeros, pay your attention to the difference between English and Thai numbering systems - Thais use new words to define tens and hundreds of thousands. This can be quite confusing for Thais and your knowledge in Thai language can help you to avoid misunderstandings.

1.000 - phan

10.000 - meun

100.000 - saen

1.000.000 - lan