In order to explore a country like a pro, one must first identify where exactly he wants to go. In today's post, we will walk you through the common Thai vocabulary about places (or สถานที่) that will help get to the precise location you want to be in. We will also list down some of the top places in Thailand that you need to know before your flight. So, if you are up for that, let's get the ball rolling!
Are you interested in doing a quick การท่องเที่ยว (travel) and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? If you are, Thailand has amazing places that will get you excited and craving more. Aside from the ever-popular Bangkok, top-rated cities like Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, and Krabi are waiting to be discovered. Aside from all that, there are also a number of tourist and budget-friendly places you can find within the country.
But before you hop into a plane, book a hotel/restaurant, or look for flight information, we suggest that you start learning the basic vocabulary words related to places in Thailand. Not only can these words increase your knowledge in their language, but they can also help ensure that you can get by like a pro. After all, there is nothing scarier than being lost in a country way too far from your home, right?
Have you ever heard that “man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”?
That statement may be true, but we do not advise total beginners in traveling to consider wandering into the unknown or getting lost. As soon as you step outside the airport, you should already have a plan on where to go and an idea of how near a hospital, police station, post office, bank, or embassy is from the places you will visit. When an emergency happens, it would be wise to know how to speak Thai words and phrases related to transportation and places. Practice and read the table below.
|Amusement park||สวนสนุก||S̄wn s̄nuk|
|Apartment||อพาร์ทเมนต์||A phār̒ th mên th̒|
|Beach / seaside||หาดทราย||h̄ād thrāy|
|Garage||อู่ซ่อมรถ||Xū̀ s̀xm rt̄h|
|Guesthouse||เกสต์เฮาส์||Kes̄ t̒ ḥeā s̄̒|
|Lake||ทะเล สาป, บึง||thale s̄āp, bụng|
|Superkmarket||ซูเปอร์มาร์เกต||Sū pexr̒ mār̒ ket|
Now that we know the basic Thai vocabulary words and English translations, it's now time that we give you a few examples of how to use them in a sentence.
|English Expression||Thai Counterpart||Pronunciation Guide|
|Where is the nearest ____?||ที่ใกล้ที่สุดอยู่ที่ไหน||Thī̀ kıl̂ thī̀s̄ud xyū̀ thī̀h̄ịn|
|Please take me to ______.||ไป _____ นะครับ/ค่ะ||Pai _____ na khrap/kâ|
|How do I get to the _____?||ฉันจะไปที่ _____ ได้อย่างไร||C̄hạn ca pị thī̀ _____ dị̂ xỳāngrị|
|I want to go to ______.||ไปที่____||Pị thī̀___|
|Can you head to…..?||ไปที่____ได้มั๊ย||Pị thī̀____Dị̂ mạ́y|
|Where is _____?||อยู่ไหน _____||Xyū̀ h̄ịn|
Of course, it is not enough that we know the fun ways on how to call the places using the Thai language. So, in order to fully enjoy your trip, we are also going to list here the top 5 places we recommend for those craving to visit Thailand.
Craving to take hope some spa products, local handicrafts, trinkets, and special spices? Hold on to your wallet, as this place is a paradise for all budgets. This place is the home to some of the biggest malls in Southeast Asia, including the Iconsiam, Central World, Siam Paragon, Central Plaza, and Seacon Square.
If you are interested in basking in the sun and taking in a wide coastline, Phuket is the best island to visit in the country. The most popular ones that you should see at least once are the beaches of Patong (for party people), Kata (for an easy, homey feel), Karon (for water sports), Kamala (for low-cost food and bar), and Bangtao (for those crazing some peaceful and quiet time).
If you want to fully immerse yourself with the culture and the natural wonders of Thailand, taking on a bus ride to the northern place of Chiang Mai is what you should consider. Aside from the jaw-dropping temples, the place is filled with striking landscape and tribal villages, making it a good backdrop for your Instagram shots.
Pattaya is known to be the largest place for nightlife, making it a top travel destination for single people. Since the stretches of streets are filled with night bars and gourmet restaurants guaranteed to entertain you and your friends. The place is also the home to the famous elephant village and floating market where you can grab authentic Thai foods and purchase your souvenirs.
If you want to learn better about the history of Thailand, you can take on Ayutthaya and explore a UNESCO world heritage site for yourself. It has been the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom and the center of international trade back in the days. However, the place was destroyed back in 1767, so there is no surprise why the place has an impressive stretch of ruined buildings and temples still existing today.
As we reach this part of the post, we hope that you were able to learn how to use the vocabulary words discussed above and that you may find confidence in using them with your interactions with the locals. Remember that with enough practice and the right motivation, you can speak the Thai language like a pro in no time.
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