30+ Basic Thai Travel Phrases For Your Amazing Trip

Basic Thai Travel Phrases-ling app

People worldwide hope to visit Thailand someday because of its many attractions, including its stunning islands and the delicious food they provide. But do you know that learning some basic Thai travel phrases before you leave can make your vacation much more enjoyable and less stressful?

It’s not necessary to be fluent in Thai to visit there, but it would be great if you could at least haggle prices at the local market or ask for help if you run into trouble. Also, learning only a few basic Thai words will go a long way toward easing communication barriers. Let’s learn basic Thai travel phrases for your next trip, shall we?

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If you’re worried about starting learning because you’re a newbie to the Thai language, don’t worry, you can also begin to prepare essential Thai phrases without knowing the Thai script. So, remember how it’s pronounced and adapt it in real-life situations. Let’s go!

Basic Thai Travel Phrases

Basic Thai Greetings

This topic will gather the most basic Thai phrases for greeting. First, let us introduce you to the unique Thai gesture, which is ไหว้ (wâi).

ไหว้ (wâi) means “to worship” and is a form of greeting in Thai culture. It’s a gesture when you say hello, thank you, and sorry in Thai, as you can learn from the above image. Also, it represents an honorific system in Thailand: to respect older people, a higher social status person, a Buddha image, and a monk.

Helloสวัสดีครับ (male)
สวัสดีค่ะ (female)
Sà wát dìi kráp
sà wát dii kâ
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สวัสดีครับ[/Speechword]
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สวัสดีค่ะ [/Speechword]
Thank youขอบคุณครับ (male)
ขอบคุณค่ะ (female)
Kɔ̀ɔp kun kráp
kɔ̀ɔp kun kâ
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอบคุณครับ[/Speechword]
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอบคุณค่ะ [/Speechword]

Sorryขอโทษครับ (male)
ขอโทษค่ะ (female)
Kɔ̌ɔ tôot kráp
kɔ̌ɔ tôot kâ
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอโทษครับ[/Speechword]
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอโทษค่ะ [/Speechword]

Noไม่ / ไม่ใช่Mâi / mâi châi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ไม่[/Speechword]
[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ไม่ใช่[/Speechword]

Yesใช่Châi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ใช่[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For Direction

Once you’ve mastered the art of Thai greetings, this part will provide you with a few essential words to help you navigate while you’re there.

Leftซ้ายSáai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ซ้าย[/Speechword]
RightขวาKwǎa[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขวา[/Speechword]
Go straightตรงไปDtrong bpai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ตรงไป[/Speechword]
Where is this place?สถานที่นี้อยู่ที่ไหนSà tǎan tîi níi à yûu tîi nǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สถานที่นี้อยู่ที่ไหน[/Speechword]
Where’s the train station?สถานีรถไฟอยู่ที่ไหนSà tǎa nii rót fai à yûu tîi nǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สถานีรถไฟอยู่ที่ไหน[/Speechword]
Where’s this hotel?โรงแรมอยู่ที่ไหนRoong rɛɛm níi yûu tîi nǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]โรงแรมอยู่ที่ไหน[/Speechword]
Where is the toilet?ห้องน้ำอยู่ที่ไหนHɔ̂ɔng náam yùu tîi nǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ห้องน้ำอยู่ที่ไหน[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For Public Transportation

There are many types of public transportation in Thailand, so let’s learn some phrases to converse with people.

I want to go to Siam Paragon.ฉันต้องการไปสยามพารากอนChǎn dtɔ̂ɔng gaan bpai sà yaam paa râa kon[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันต้องการไปสยามพารากอน[/Speechword]
I want to buy two train tickets to Ayutthaya.ฉันต้องการซื้อตั๋วรถไฟสองใบเพื่อไปอยุธยาChǎn dtɔ̂ɔng gaan sʉ́ʉ dtǔa rót fai sɔ̌ɔng bai pʉ̂a bpai à yút yaa[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันต้องการซื้อตั๋วรถไฟสองใบเพื่อไปอยุธยา[/Speechword]
When is the first train?รถไฟเที่ยวแรกคือกี่โมงRót fai tîao rɛ̂ɛk kʉʉ gìi moong[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]รถไฟเที่ยวแรกคือกี่โมง[/Speechword]
When is the last train?รถไฟเที่ยวสุดท้ายคือกี่โมงRót fai tîao sùt táai kʉʉ gìi moong[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]รถไฟเที่ยวสุดท้ายคือกี่โมง[/Speechword]
What is this station?ที่นี่สถานีอะไรTîi nîit tǎa nii à rai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ที่นี่สถานีอะไร[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For The Hotel

Here are some words that can come in handy in the hotel, where you will undoubtedly have conversations with staff.

What time is check-in?เช็คอินกี่โมงChék in gìi moong[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เช็คอินกี่โมง[/Speechword]
What time is check-out?เช็คเอาท์กี่โมงChék ao gìi moong[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เช็คเอาท์กี่โมง[/Speechword]
Can I check-in before 12 pm?ขอเช็คอินก่อนเที่ยงได้มั้ยKɔ̌ɔ chék in gɔ̀ɔn tîang dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอเช็คอินก่อนเที่ยงได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
Can I leave my baggage?ขอฝากกระเป๋าได้มั้ยKɔ̌ɔ fàak grà bpǎo dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอฝากกระเป๋าได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
Is breakfast included?รวมอาหารเช้ามั้ยRuam aa hǎan cháao mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]รวมอาหารเช้ามั้ย[/Speechword]
Where’s the swimming pool?สระว่ายน้ำไปทางไหนSà rá wâai náam bpai taang nǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สระว่ายน้ำไปทางไหน[/Speechword]
Basic Thai Travel Phrases

Basic Thai Phrases For Local Restaurants

Visiting Thailand without trying authentic Thai food is like you’ve never come to the country. So do you know that Thai people like to eat spicy food? If you’re unfamiliar with a hot taste, you should learn basic Thai phrases to inform the waitperson at the restaurant.

Thai foodอาหารไทยAa hǎan tai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]อาหารไทย[/Speechword]
May I have a menu?ขอเมนูหน่อยKɔ̌ɔ mee nuu nɔ̀ɔi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอเมนูหน่อย[/Speechword]
May I order?ขอสั่งอาหารหน่อยKɔ̌ɔ sàng aa hǎan nɔ̀ɔi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอสั่งอาหารหน่อย[/Speechword]
Check, please.เก็บเงินด้วยGèp ngəən dûai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เก็บเงินด้วย[/Speechword]
Is this spicy?อันนี้เผ็ดมั้ยAn níi pèt mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]อันนี้เผ็ดมั้ย[/Speechword]
Don’t put chili.อันนี้เผ็ดมั้ยMâi sài prík[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]อันนี้เผ็ดมั้ย[/Speechword]
Put a bit of chili.ใส่พริกนิดเดียวSài prík nít diao[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ใส่พริกนิดเดียว[/Speechword]
I am allergic to peanuts.ฉันแพ้ถั่วChǎn pɛ́ɛ tùa[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันแพ้ถั่ว[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For The Local Market

If you go to the local market, you can negotiate the price with the local people. Here are some common Thai phrases used in the local market.

How much is this?นี่ราคาเท่าไหร่Nîi raa kaa tâo rài[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]นี่ราคาเท่าไหร่[/Speechword]
Can you lower the price?ลดราคาหน่อยได้มั้ยKɔ̀ɔt râap rêet ngəən dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ลดราคาหน่อยได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
How much is it in total?ทั้งหมดราคาเท่าไหร่Táng mòt raa kaa tâo rài[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ทั้งหมดราคาเท่าไหร่[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For Exchange Currency

Most of the time, people may not have to talk much at the currency exchange kiosk, but it’s also a good opportunity for you to practice Thai simply for a little, right?

Exchange moneyแลกเงินLɛ̂ɛk ngəən[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]แลกเงิน[/Speechword]
May I know the currency rate?ขอทราบเรทเงินได้มั้ยKɔ̀ɔt râap rêet ngəən dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอทราบเรทเงินได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
Can I exhange Thai baht?ขอแลกเงินบาทไทยKɔ̌ɔ lɛ̂ɛk ngəən bàat tai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอแลกเงินบาทไทย[/Speechword]
May I exchange Dollars for Thai baht?ขอแลกเงินดอลลาร์เป็นเงินบาทไทยKɔ̌ɔ lɛ̂ɛk ngəən dɔɔn laa bpen ngəən bàat tai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขอแลกเงินดอลลาร์เป็นเงินบาทไทย[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases For Emergency

Any unexpected situation could happen during your vacation to Thailand, so practice these Thai phrases.

Help me!ช่วยด้วยChûai dûai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ช่วยด้วย[/Speechword]
My camera got stolen.กล้องถ่ายรูปของฉันถูกขโมยGlɔ̂ɔng tàai rûup kɔ̌ɔng chǎn tǔu gòk mooi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กล้องถ่ายรูปของฉันถูกขโมย[/Speechword]
I lost my mobile phone.ฉันทำโทรศัพท์มือถือหายChǎn tam toon sàp mʉʉ tʉ̌ʉ hǎai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันทำโทรศัพท์มือถือหาย[/Speechword]
I lost my wallet.ฉันทำกระเป๋าตังค์หายChǎn tam grà bpǎo dtang hǎai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันทำกระเป๋าตังค์หาย[/Speechword]
I forgot my stuff on the taxi.ฉันลืมของไว้บนรถแท็กซี่Chǎn lʉʉm kɔ̌ɔng wái bon rót tɛ́k sîi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันลืมของไว้บนรถแท็กซี่[/Speechword]
I was robbed.ฉันโดนปล้นChǎn doon bplôn[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันโดนปล้น[/Speechword]

Basic Thai Phrases Related To The Language

Be bold and ask the locals these questions or say you don’t understand Thai if you don’t feel comfortable communicating in the language.

I can’t speak Thai.ฉันพูดภาษาไทยไม่ได้Chǎn pûut paa sǎa tai mâi dâi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันพูดภาษาไทยไม่ได้[/Speechword]
I can speak Thai for a bit.ฉันสามารถพูดภาษาไทยได้นิดหน่อยChǎn sǎa maa rót pûut paa sǎa tai dâi nít nɔ̀ɔi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฉันสามารถพูดภาษาไทยได้นิดหน่อย[/Speechword]
Do you speak English?คุณพูดภาษาอังกฤษได้มั้ยKun pûut paa sǎa ang grìt dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]คุณพูดภาษาอังกฤษได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
Can you speak Chinese?คุณพูดภาษาจีนได้มั้ยKun pûut paa sǎa jiin dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]คุณพูดภาษาจีนได้มั้ย[/Speechword]
Can you speak German?คุณพูดภาษาเยอรมันได้มั้ยKun pûut paa sǎa yəən man dâi mái[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]คุณพูดภาษาเยอรมันได้มั้ย[/Speechword]

Ready To Travel To Thailand?

The knowledge of these useful Thai phrases should make your upcoming vacation to Thailand much more enjoyable, whether you’re going there on your own or with a group of friends or family. When traveling to rural areas of Thailand, knowing a few Thai words will help you converse with people quickly and easily. Plus, the Thai people will admire you more for trying to learn their language and culture. Thus understanding Thai will increase your friendship.

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