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Basic Thai Phrases You Need To Learn

Learning a language, or at least attempting to do so, is an important aspect of travel. It doesn't matter if you know how to say please and thank you, or if you know how to order a beer. Learning fundamental phrases demonstrates effort, respect, and a willingness to learn new things.

I do it because I enjoy getting broad grins and laughter from locals when I say something unexpected in their language, even if my pronunciation isn't the best.

Thai Phrases for Beginners

If you're a male, you'll end your sentences with (khrup), and if you're a female, you'll conclude your sentences with (ka). This is used to make a sentence or a query respectable and polite.

Basic Greetings in Thai

Being able to say hello, how are you, and thank you are non-negotiable on my list of essentials. If you can master these three words, you'll almost certainly make a new acquaintance or wow a local.

Hello – Sawadee khrup/ka

How are you? – Sa bai dee mai khrup/ka

Goodbye! – La gorn khrup/ka

Basic Thai for Eating and Ordering Food

Nothing is more frustrating than being extremely hungry only to discover that your food is far too spicy to consume. It happens more often than you think, believe me. With that in mind, here are a few Thai terms you'll need to order and enjoy meals.

Not Spicy – Mai phet

A little Spicy- phet nit nawy

Really Spicy – phet mak

I would like to order- sang aa-haan

Delicious- Aroy

Basic Thai for Shopping

That’s expensive! – Paeng mak khrup/ka!

How much does this cost? – Ra ka tao rai khrup/ka?

Can you give me a discount please?– Ga ru na lot ra ka hai noi khrup/ka?

If you're concerned about the country's English proficiency, don't be! It's a very tourist-friendly country, and if you don't speak the language, most people will guide you in the direction of someone who does.

Let us know in the comment below if you know any other essential phrases that one needs to learn before travelling to Thailand!

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