When you’re traveling to a new country it’s important to try to speak the local language. Even if you stumble over a few words, the locals will see that you’re trying and that effort goes a long way. So take a few minutes, do some research and learn a few words. In this post, we will give you a very basic overview of important Thai phrases for your trip to Thailand.
A general note about the language:
In Thailand, people use “krap” (for a male speaker), and “ka” (for a female speaker), at the end of their sentences. It is polite to use these endings so in our language guide below we’ve included krap/ka onto the end of many phrases. Additionally, Thai people sometimes will use krap or ka to affirm something. For example, if you ask someone “is this the right way to the temple?” That person might simply reply with “krap” or “ka”, to confirm it is the correct direction.
Hello– Sawa dee krap/ka
Goodbye– Lagawn krap/ka (used when you won’t be seeing a person for a while)
Thank you– Khop khun krap/ka
Excuse me– Koh tod krap/ka
How are you?– Khun sabai di mai krap/ka?
What is your name?– Khun chu arai krap/ka?
Do you speak English?– Puut pasaa Angrit dai mai krap/ka?
I don’t understand– Mai kao jai
Toilet– Hong nam
Where is the toilet?– Hong nam yu nai?
Help– Chuay duay
Airport– Sanaam bin
Bus– Rot bas
Where is the train station?– Satannee lot fai far yuu tee nai krap/ka?
How much?– Nee tao rai?
I want– Phom/chan dong gaan
Too expensive- Pang pai
Can you give me a little discount?– Cor lot nid noi dai mai krap/ka?
Ice– Naam keng
A little bit– Nit noi
Not Spicy– Mai phet
A little Spicy– Phet nit noi
Really Spicy– Phet mak
No sugar please– Mai sai nam tam
I would like to order– Sang aa-haan
One bottle of water please– Cor nam nueng kuwad krap/ka