Today, we wanted to put together some Thai travel phrases, ready for anyone who may be visiting the land of smiles. Thailand remains one of the most visited countries in the world, and it is obvious why. Whether you enjoy trekking up mountains, sandy beaches, or great nightlife, there is something for all to enjoy.
Now, what about when it is time to try some delicious food? Or maybe you want to get involved with a sports team. That is when you should put these travel phrases to the test, and show the locals that you care.
This is one of the most important phrases people can learn when traveling in Thailand – or anywhere for that matter. While some may see it as unnecessary, it is worth learning as it shows some level of respect. It shows that you have taken the time to learn their language, which anyone would appreciate. So let’s look at the phrase:
Do you speak English?
Khun phoot pasaa angrit dai mai
The shorter way to say this would be:
Phoot angrit dai mai?
On the other side, you can arm yourself with this phrase:
I can not speak Thai
Pom/Chan phoot pasaa Thai mai dai
Again, there is a shorter way to say this:
Phoot Thai mai dai
Armed with these phrases, you should do ok as you travel around. Of course, the more you now the better, so you should keep learning as much as you can.
First, we should look at some things that may be unfamiliar for those who haven’t encountered the Thai language before. The words you use will change based on what gender you are. These are the main words that this will affect:
|I (male speaker)||Pom||ผม|
|I (female speaker)||Chan||ฉัน|
|Polite word (male speaker)||Khrap||ครับ|
|Polite word (female speaker)||Kah||ค่ะ|
There are a few other basic words you might want to know too when traveling Thailand:
|Excuse me||Kor thot||ขอโทษ|
|A little bit||Nit noy||นิดหน่อย|
When it comes to some of the most common phrases you will likely need as you travel in Thailand, there will be things like greetings, thank you, and other pleasantries.
|Thank you||Khob khun||ขอบคุณ|
|You are welcome||Mai pen rai||ไม่เป็นไร|
|My name is …||Pom/Chan cheu||ผม/ฉันชื่อ|
|How are you?||Sabai dee mai||สบายดีไม|
|I am good||Sabai dee||สบายดี|
|I am not good||Mai sabai||ไม่สบาย|
Food is another key element of Thai culture that really makes it a top destination for people worldwide. Here are some phrases you will likely need during your stay:
|I want …||Pom/Chan ao …||ผม/ฉันเอา …|
|How much? (does it cost)||Tow rai||เท่าไร|
|Do you have …||Mii … mai||มี …ไม|
|I am a Vegetarian||Pom/Chan gin jeh||ผม/ฉันกินเจ|
|I am allergic to …||Pom/Chan phae …||ผม/ฉันแพ้ …|
|I don’t eat …||Mai gin …||ไม่กิน …|
|Bread||Kha nom pang||ขนมปัง|
Learning vocabulary related to transport has obvious benefits for people visiting the country. Here are some travel phrases for transport to get you started:
|Bus station||Satani rot bat||สถานีรถบัส|
|Train station||Satani rot fai||สถานีรถไฟ|
These are some options for when you want to clarify some things and deal with awkwardness to an extent:
|Do you understand?||Khao jai mai||เข้าใจไหม|
|I understand||Khao jai||เข้าใจ|
|I don’t understand||Mai khao jai||ไม่เข้าใจ|
|I don’t know||Mai roo||ไม่รู้|
So there is our list of the top Thai travel phrases. There may be more you end up needing, but I think this makes for a good starting point. Avid readers may have noticed that we have covered this vocabulary before. If you would like to learn more and possibly alternative ways to say things, I recommend you check those posts out. Otherwise, I hope that anyone reading these phrases end up having a great holiday and stay in Thailand.
If you want to continue learning Thai, you should try out the Ling Thai app. There you can find new phrases across many different topics and really focus on improving your abilities.