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Best Guide to Learn Directions in Thai

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Where’s the bus stop? How do you get to this place?  

Learning about Thai directions will make your travels in Thailand much easier. Further, knowing how to ask directions in Thai, and how to give them, is essential if you live or work in Thailand.  

This article will help you successfully learn about directions in the Thai language. You’ll get to learn Thai vocabulary related to directions, such as “right” and “left” in Thai.  In addition, you’ll be able to see how giving directions in Thai works through various sentences and phrases throughout this article. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be able to ask and give directions in Thai with ease.

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  1. On the Map: Compass Directions in Thai
  2. On the Road
  3. Landmarks
  4. Basic Grammar for Conversations
  5. Must-know Phrases and Sentences to Ask Directions in Thai
  6. Must-know Phrases and Sentences to Give Directions in Thai
  7. Real Situation Example
  8. Conclusion

1. On the Map: Compass Directions in Thai

The map is an important tool when it comes to asking and giving directions. Still, you should know that Thai people won’t tell you to go north or south when giving directions in Thai. ทิศ (thít), which is “direction” in Thai, is often used to tell the region of province in Thai conversations.  

Let’s look at the map

That said, here are the most basic words related to maps that you should know! 

1- Region 

Thai word: ภาค (phâak)

Usage: ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. 

Example:   

ประเทศไทยมี 5 ภาค

Bprà-thêet-thai mii hâa phâak

“There are five regions in Thailand.”

2- Central 

Thai word: กลาง (glaang)

Usage: As mentioned above, ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคกลาง (phâak-glaang).

Example:   

กรุงเทพอยู่ภาคกลางของประเทศไทย

Grung-thêep yùu phâak-glaang khǎawng bprà-thêet-thai

“Bangkok is in the central region of Thailand.”

3- North 

Thai word: เหนือ (nǔuea)

Usage: As mentioned above, ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคเหนือ (phâak-nǔuea).

Example:   

ตอนหน้าหนาว อากาศที่ภาคเหนือดีมาก

Dtaawn nâa-nǎao aa-gàat thîi phâak-nǔuea dii mâak

“In winter, the weather in the north is very good.”

4- East 

Thai word: ตะวันออก (dtà-wan-àawk)

Usage: ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคตะวันออก (phâak-dtà-wan-àawk).

Example:   

ภาคตะวันออกของไทยมีทะเลสวย

Phâak-dtà-wan-àawk khǎawng thai mii thá-lee sǔuai

“The east part of Thailand has a beautiful sea.”

5- West 

Thai word: ตะวันตก (dtà-wan-dtòk)

Usage: ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคตะวันตก (phâak-dtà-wan-dtòk).

Example:   

ภาคตะวันตกของไทยอยู่ติดพม่า

Phâak-dtà-wan-dtòk khǎawng thai yùu dtìt phá-mâa

“The west part of Thailand is next to Myanmar.”

6- South 

Thai word: ใต้ (dtâi)

Usage: ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคใต้ (phâak-dtâi).

Example:   

นักท่องเที่ยวชอบไปที่ภาคใต้ของไทย

Nák-thâawng-thîiao châawp bpai thîi phâak-dtâi khǎawng thai

“Travelers like to go to the south of Thailand.”

7- Northeast 

Thai word: ตะวันออกเฉียงเหนือ (dtà-wan-àawk-chǐiang-nǔuea)

Usage: ภาค (phâak) is often followed by the direction. So Thai people use the word ภาคตะวันออกเฉียงเหนือ (dtà-wan-àawk-chǐiang-nǔuea).

Example:   

ภาคตะวันออกเฉียงเหนือของไทยอากาศร้อนเกือบตลอดปี

Phâak-dtà-wan-àawk-chǐiang-nǔuea khǎawng thai aa-gàat ráawn gùueap dtà-làawt bpii

“The weather of the northeast part of Thailand is hot almost all year.”

Additional Information: The northeast part of Thailand has another name, which is ภาคอีสาน (phâak-ii-sǎan).

8- Upper part

Thai word: ตอนบน (dtaawn-bon)

Usage: ตอนบน (dtaawn-bon) is often used to further indicate the part or region that the province or place is at. The word is put after the region.

Example:   

ภาคกลางตอนบนจะมีฝนตกพรุ่งนี้

Phâak-glaang dtaawn-bon jà mii fǒn dtòk phrûng-níi

“It will rain in the upper part of the central region tomorrow.”

9- Lower part 

Thai word: ตอนล่าง (dtaawn-lâang)

Usage: ตอนล่าง (dtaawn-lâang) is often used to further indicate the part or region that the province or place is at. The word is put after the region.

Example:   

อากาศของภาคเหนือตอนล่างเริ่มร้อนแล้ว

Aa-gàat khǎawng phâak-nǔuea dtaawn-lâang rôoem ráawn láaeo

“The weather of the lower part of the north is getting hot now.”

2. On the Road

Directions

This part of the lesson will teach you vocabulary used when asking and giving directions in Thai, such as “left” and “right.”  You should try your best to remember these words.

1- Left 

Thai word: ซ้าย (sáai)

Usage: Sometimes, Thai people use the word มือ (muue), which means “hand” in Thai with the word ซ้าย (sáai): ซ้ายมือ (sáai muue).  

Example:  

ซ้ายมือด้านหน้ามีร้านสะดวกซื้ออยู่

Sáai muue dâan-nâa mii ráan sà-dùuak súue yùu

“There is a convenience store ahead on your left.”

2- Right 

Thai word: ขวา (kwǎa)

Usage: Sometimes, Thai people use the word มือ (muue), which means “hand” in Thai with the word ขวา (khwǎa): ขวามือ (khwǎa muue).

Example:  

พอเลี้ยวซ้ายแล้ว จะเจอโรงแรมอยู่ด้านขวามือ

Phaaw líiao sáai láaeo jà jooe roong-raaem yùu dâan khwǎa muue

“Once you turn left, you will find the hotel on your right.”

3- Front 

Thai word: หน้า (nâa)

Usage: Thai people often put ข้าง (khâang) or ด้าน (dâan) in front of หน้า (nâa) when talking about direction, though the meaning stays the same. 

Example:  

ด้านหน้าโรงแรมมีตู้ไปรษณีย์อยู่

Dâan nâa roong-raaem mii dtûu bprai-sà-nii yùu

“There is a post box in front of the hotel.”

4- Back / Behind

Thai word: หลัง (lǎng)

Usage: Thai people often put ข้าง (khâang) or ด้าน (dâan) in front of หลัง (lǎng) when talking about direction, though the meaning stays the same.  

Example:  

สวนสาธารณะอยู่ข้างหลังร้านอาหาร

Sǔuan sǎa-thaa-rá-ná yùu khâang lǎng ráan aa-hǎan

“The park is behind the restaurant.”

5- Near 

Thai word: ใกล้ (glâi)

Usage: A + อยู่ใกล้ (yùu glâi) is how you use ใกล้ (glâi) in the Thai language. It means “A is near.”

Example:  

โรงเรียนอยู่ใกล้

roong-riian yùu glâi

“The school is near.”

6- Far 

Thai word: ไกล (glai)

Usage: A + อยู่ไกล (yùu glai) is how you use ไกล (glai) in the Thai language. It means “A is far.”

Example:  

ห้างอยู่ไกล

hâang yùu glai

“The department store is far.”

7- Next to / Beside 

Thai word: ถัดจาก (thàt jàak); ข้าง (khâang)

Usage 1: A + อยู่ถัดจาก (yùu thàt jàak) + B is how you use ถัดจาก (thàt jàak) in the Thai language. It means “A is next to B.”

Usage 2A + อยู่ข้าง  (yùu khâang) + B is how you use ข้าง (khâang) in the Thai language. It means “A is next to or beside B.”

Example 1:  

ธนาคารอยู่ถัดจากร้านเบเกอรี่

Thá-naa-khaan yùu thàt jàak ráan bee-gooe-rîi

“The bank is next to the baker shop.”

Example 2:  

บ้านของฉันอยู่ข้างร้านอาหาร

Bâan khǎawng chǎn yùu khâang ráan aa-hǎan

“My house is next to the restaurant.”

8- Opposite to / Across from

Thai word: ตรงข้าม (dtrong-khâam); ฝั่งตรงข้าม (fàng dtrong-khâam)

Usage: A + อยู่ตรงข้าม (yùu dtrong-khâam) or อยู่ฝั่งตรงข้าม (yùu fàng  dtrong-khâam) + B is how you use ตรงข้าม (dtrong-khâam) and ฝั่งตรงข้าม (fàng dtrong-khâam) in the Thai language. It means “A is next to or beside B.” 

Example 1:  

ห้องสมุดอยู่ตรงข้ามลิฟต์

Hâawng-sà-mùt yùu dtrong-khâam líp

“The library is opposite the elevator.”

Example 2:  

ฉันรอเธออยู่ฝั่งตรงข้ามประชาสัมพันธ์

Chǎn raaw thooe yùu fàng dtrong-khâam bprà-chaa-sǎm-phan

“I’m across from the information center, waiting for you.”

9- Away from 

Thai word: ห่างจาก (hàang jàak)

Usage: ห่างจาก (hàang jàak) + A is how you use ห่างจาก (hàang jaak) in the Thai language. It means “away from A.”

Example:  

อยู่ให้ห่างจากประตูรถเมล์นะ

Yùu hâi hàang jàak bprà-dtuu rót-mee ná

“Stay away from the bus’s door.”

10- By the intersection

Thai word: ตรงทางแยก (dtrong thaang-yâaek)

Usage: A+ อยู่ตรงทางแยก (yùu dtrong thaang-yâaek) is how you use ตรงทางแยก (dtrong thaang-yâaek) in the Thai language. It means “A is by the intersection.”

Example:  

สถานีตำรวจอยู่ตรงทางแยก

Sà-thǎa-nii dtam-rùuat yùu dtrong thaang-yâaek

“The police station is by the intersection.”

11- Corner

Thai word: หัวมุม (hǔua-mum)

Usage: A+ อยู่ตรงหัวมุม (yùu dtrong hǔua-mum) is how you use หัวมุม (hǔua-mum) in the Thai language.  It means “A is around the corner.”

Example:  

พ่อซื้อของอยู่ตรงหัวมุมถนน

Phâaw súue khǎawng yùu dtrong hǔua-mum thà-nǒn

“Dad is around the corner of the road, shopping.”

3. Landmarks

To learn Thai directions, it’s also important to learn and remember some landmark vocabulary.  Below are the most important ones that will be very useful for you when giving or asking directions in Thai.

1- In the city 

Thai word: ในเมือง (nai muueang)

Usage: A+ อยู่ในเมือง (yùu nai muueang) is how you use ในเมือง (nai muueang) in the Thai language. It means “A is in the city.”

Example:  

บ้านของฉันอยู่ในเมือง

Bâan khǎawng chǎn yùu nai muueang

“My house is in the city.”

2- Airport

Thai word: สนามบิน (sà-nǎam-bin)

Example:  

พรุ่งนี้ฉันต้องไปสนามบินก่อน 8 โมง

Phrûng-níi chǎn dtâawng bpai sà-nǎam-bim gàawn bpàaet moong

“Tomorrow, I have to be at the airport by eight in the morning.”

At the airport

3- Train station 

Thai word: สถานีรถไฟ (sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai)

Example:  

หัวลำโพงคือชื่อของสถานีรถไฟในกรุงเทพ

Hǔua-lam-phoong khuue chûue khǎawng sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai nai grung-thêep

“Hualampoong is the name of the train station in Bangkok.”

4- Subway station 

Thai word: สถานีรถไฟใต้ดิน (sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai dtâi din)

Example:  

สถานีรถไฟใต้ดินอยู่ตรงไหน

Sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai dtâi din yùu dtrong nǎi

“Where is the subway station?”

Additional Information: Thai people often call subways and subway stations “MRT,” which stands for Metropolitan Rapid Transit.

go by subway

5- Sky train station 

Thai word: สถานีรถไฟฟ้า (sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai-fáa)

Example:  

ฉันกำลังจะไปสถานีรถไฟฟ้า

Chǎn gam-lang jà bpai sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai-fáa

“I’m about to go to a sky train station.”

Additional Information: Thai people often call sky trains and sky train stations “BTS,” which is the abbreviation of the name of the company that runs the sky train in Thailand.

6- Center of the city 

Thai word: ใจกลางเมือง (jai glaang muueang)

Usage: A+ อยู่ใจกลางเมือง (yùu jai glaang muueng) is how you use ใจกลางเมือง (jai glaang muueang) in the Thai language. It means “A is in the center of the city.”

Example:  

คอนโดที่อยู่ใจกลางเมืองราคาแพงมาก

Khaawn-doo thîi yùu jai glaang muueang raa-khaa phaaeng mâak

“The condo at the center of the city is very expensive.”

7- Hotel 

Thai word: โรงแรม (roong-raaem)

Example:  

เธอพักอยู่โรงแรมอะไร

Thooe phák yùu roong-raaem à-rai

“Which hotel are you staying at?”

8- Hospital 

Thai word: โรงพยาบาล (roong-phá-yaa-baan)

Example:  

แถวนี้มีโรงพยาบาลมั๊ย

thǎao níi mii roong-phá-ya-baan mái

“Is there a hospital around here?”

Additional Information: Sometimes, in informal conversations, Thai people shorten the word โรงพยาบาล (roong-phá-yaa-baan) to โรงบาล (roong-baan).  

9- Park 

Thai word: สวนสาธารณะ (sǔuan sǎa-thaa-rá-ná)

Example:  

ที่สวนสาธารณะอากาศดี

thîi sǔuan sǎa-thaa-rá-ná aa-gàat dii

“The weather at the park is good.”

10- Bank 

Thai word: ธนาคาร (thá-naa-khaan)

Example:  

ธนาคารปิดวันอาทิตย์

Thá-naa-khaan bpìt wan-aa-thít

“The bank closes on Sunday.”

11- Restaurant 

Thai word: ร้านอาหาร (ráan aa-hǎan)

Example:  

แถวนี้มีร้านอาหารหลายร้าน

Thǎao níi mii ráan aa-hǎan lǎai ráan

“There are many restaurants around here.”

12- Department store 

Thai word: ห้างสรรพสินค้า (hâang sàp-phá-sǐn-kháa)

Example:  

ห้างสรรพสินค้าเปิดตอน 10 โมง

Hâang sàp-phá-sǐn-kháa bpòoet dtaawn sìp moong

“The department store opens at ten in the morning.”

Additional Information: ห้างสรรพสินค้า (hâang sàp-phá-sǐn-kháa) is too long for Thai people, so they rarely use this word in daily conversation. They shorten it to ห้าง (hâang) instead. ห้างสรรพสินค้า (hâang sàp-phá-sǐn-kháa) is normally used in formal situations only.

13- Intersection 

Thai word: ทางแยก (thaang-yâaek)

Example:  

พอถึงทางแยกแล้วให้เลี้ยวซ้าย

Phaaw thǔeng thaang-yâaek láaeo hâi líiao sáai

“Turn left at the intersection.”

14- Cross road

Thai word: ทางม้าลาย (thaang máa-laai)

Usage: ข้ามถนน (khâam thà-nǒn) is often used with ทางม้าลาย (thaang máa-laai), and it means “cross the road” in Thai.

Example:  

ทุกคนควรข้ามถนนที่ทางม้าลาย

Thúk-khon khuuan khâam thà-nǒn thîi thaang máa-laai 

“Everybody should cross the road at the crossroad.”

Cross the road at the crossroad only!!

Additional Information: Actually, the word ม้าลาย (máa-laai) in ทางม้าลาย (thaang máa-laai) refers to “zebra” in Thai. Thai people think crossroads look like the stripes of a zebra, so they use it as part of the name.

15- Alley 

Thai word: ซอย (saauy)

Example:  

กรุงเทพฯมีซอยเยอะมาก 

Grung-thêep mii saauy yóe mâak

“There are a lot of alleys in Bangkok.”

Additional Information: Apart from “alley,” ซอย (saauy) can also mean “slice quickly” in Thai.

16- Restroom 

Thai word: ห้องน้ำ (hâawng-nám)

Example:  

ห้องน้ำสะอาดมั๊ย

Hâawng-nám sà-àat mái

“Is the restroom clean?”

Additional Information: Apart from “restroom,” ห้องน้ำ (hâawng-nám) also means “bathroom.”

17- Elevator 

Thai word: ลิฟต์ (líp)

Example:  

ลิฟต์ในตึกนี้ช้ามาก

Líp nai dtùek níi cháa mâak

“The elevator in this building is so slow.”

18- Parking lot 

Thai word: ที่จอดรถ (thîi jàawt rót); ลานจอดรถ (laan jàawt rót)

Usage: Despite having the same meaning, there is a small difference between these two words. ลานจอดรถ (laan jàawt rót) is only used to refer to a wide area where you can park many cars. On the other hand, ที่จอดรถ (thîi jàawt rót) can be used to refer to both a wide area for parking and a small area where you can park only one car.

Example:  

ที่จอดรถเต็มรึยัง

thîi jàawt rót dtem rúe yang

“Is the parking lot full?”

19- Information center

Thai word: ประชาสัมพันธ์ (bprà-chaa-sǎm-phan)

Example:  

ประชาสัมพันธ์ของห้างนี้อยู่ชั้น G

Bprà-chaa-sǎm-phan khǎawng hâang níi yùu chán jii

“The information center of this department store is on the ground floor.”

20- Fire exit 

Thai word: ทางหนีไฟ (thaang nǐi fai)

Example:  

ทางหนีไฟอยู่ข้างห้องน้ำ

Thaang nǐi fai yùu khâang hâawng-nám

“The fire exit is next to the restroom.”

4. Basic Grammar for Conversations

Basic questions

Before we teach you how to give directions in Thai or ask for them with phrases and sentences, it will be easier to learn and remember if you know some basic Thai grammar used in conversations.

To make a sentence sound formal in Thai, Thai people put the words ครับ (khráp) and ค่ะ (khâ) at the end of a sentence. ครับ (khráp) is used when the speaker is male, while ค่ะ (khâ) is used when the speaker is female. Another point you should know is that for females, at the end of a question, Thai people use คะ (khâ).

5. Must-know Phrases and Sentences to Ask Directions in Thai 

Asking directions

At this point of the lesson, you’ll learn useful phrases and sentences you can use to ask directions in Thai.

1- Excuse me 

Thai word: ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot)

Usage: The way Thai people use this word is exactly the same as in English. Thai people say this word to get attention from another party before asking a question.

Example

ขอโทษค่ะ  ที่นี่คือวัดพระแก้วใช่มั๊ยคะ

Khǎaw-thôot khâ thîi nîi khuue wát-prá-gâaeo châi mái khá

“Excuse me, is this place the Temple of the Emerald Buddha?”

Additional Information: In addition to “excuse me,” ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot) can also mean “sorry.” 

Excuse me, where is …..?

2- Where is ….. ? 

Thai word: ….. อยู่ที่ไหน (….. yùu thîi nǎi), ….. อยู่ตรงไหน (….. yùu dtrong nǎi)

Usage: The meaning of ….. อยู่ที่ไหน (….. yùu thîi nǎi) and ….. อยู่ตรงไหน (….. yùu dtrong nǎi) are pretty much the same. You can substitute one for another. 

Example 1

ขอโทษครับ  ห้องน้ำอยู่ที่ไหนครับ

Khǎaw-thôot khráp hâawng-nám yùu thîi nǎi khráp

“Excuse me, where is the bathroom?”

Example 2

ร้านกาแฟอยู่ตรงไหนคะ

Ráan gaa-faae yùu dtrong nǎi khá

“Where is the coffee shop?”

3- How do I get to ….. ? 

Thai word: ไป…..ยังไง (bpai ….. yang-ngai)

Usage: Actually, the full sentence is ฉันจะไป…ได้ยังไง (chǎn jà  bpai ….. dâi yang-ngai). But Thai people think it’s too long to say, so they shorten it to ไป…..ยังไง (bpai ….. yang-ngai).  

Example:  

ไปจตุจักรยังไงคะ

Bpai jà-dtù-jàk yang-ngai khá

“How do I get to Jathujak?”

4- Is ….. far from here? 

Thai word: …..อยู่ไกลมั๊ย (….. yùu glai mái)

Usage: Actually, the full sentence is …..อยู่ไกลจากที่นี่มั๊ย (….. yùu glai jàak thîi nîi mái). But Thai people think it’s too long to say, so they shorten it to …..อยู่ไกลมั๊ย (….. yùu glai mái). 

Example:  

เยาวราชอยู่ไกลมั๊ยคะ

Yao-wá-râat yùu glai mái khá

“Is Yaowaraat far from here?”

5- Thank you

Thai word: ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun)

Usage: In case you want to show that you’re really thankful, you can put มาก (mâak) after ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun), which means “very” or “a lot” in Thai. 

Example:  

ขอบคุณมากครับ

Khàawp-khun mâak khráp

“Thank you very much.”

6. Must-know Phrases and Sentences to Give Directions in Thai 

Lastly, you’ll learn useful phrases and sentences you can use to give directions in Thai.

1- Go straight ahead

Thai word: ตรงไป (dtrong bpai); ตรงไปข้างหน้า (dtrong bpai khâang nâa)

Usage: Comparing both phrases, there’s not much difference between them. If you say ตรงไปข้างหน้า (dtrong bpai khâang nâa), it’s like giving a direction in more detail. 

Another thing you should know is that Thai people often put verbs that show movement in front of this phrase. Those verbs are เดิน (dooen), which means “walk,” วิ่ง (wîng), which means “run,” and ขับ (khàp), which means “drive.”

Example 1:  

ถ้าเดินตรงไปเรื่อย ๆ จะเจอร้านอาหารฝั่งขวามือ

Thâa dooen dtrong bpai rûueai-rûueai jà jooe ráan aa-hǎan fàng khwǎa muue

“If you walk straight ahead, you’ll find the restaurant on your right.”

Example 2:  

ขับตรงไปข้างหน้าแล้วเลี้ยวเข้าซอยแรกฝั่งซ้ายมือ

Khàp dtrong bpai khâang nâa láaeo liiáo khâo saauy râaek fàng sáai muue

“Go straight ahead and then turn into the first alley on your left.”

2- Go back 

Thai word: กลับไปทางเดิม (glàp bpai thaang dooem)

Usage: กลับไปทางเดิม (glàp bpai thaang dooem) literally means “go back to the same way.” If a Thai person said only กลับไป (glàp bpai), which means “go back,” its meaning would be too vague. 

Example:  

ลูกค้าเดินเลยมาแล้วค่ะ  กลับไปทางเดิมประมาณ 500 เมตรนะคะ

Lûuk-kháa dooen looei maa láaeo khâ glàp bpai thaang dooem bprà-maan  hâa-ráauy méet ná khâ

“The customer already walked past that. Go back around 500 meters.”

3- Make a U-turn 

Thai word: กลับรถ (glàp rót)

Example:  

กลับรถตรงสี่แยกเลยครับ

Glàp rót dtrong sìi yâaek looei khráp

“Make a U-turn at the intersection.”

4- Turn left / Go left 

Thai word: เลี้ยวซ้าย (líiao sáai); ไปทางซ้าย (bpai thaang sáai)

Usage: เลี้ยวซ้าย (líiao sáai) is “turn left” in Thai, while ไปทางซ้าย (bpai thaang sáai) is “go left.” Despite having different meanings in English, both words refer to the same action in Thai. They can be used interchangeably.

Example 1:  

พอเจอทางแยกแล้วให้ไปทางซ้าย

Phaaw jooe thaang yâaek láaeo hâi bpai thaang sáai

“Go left once you are at the intersection.”

Example 2:  

เลี้ยวซ้ายแล้วเดินมาอีก 500 เมตรก็ถึง

Líiao sáai láaeo dooen maa ìik hâa-ráauy méet gâaw thǔeng

“Turn left and walk for another 500 meters, you will arrive.”

Go left

5- Turn right / Go right 

Thai word: เลี้ยวขวา (líiao khwǎa); ไปทางขวา (bpai thaang khwǎa)

Usage: เลี้ยวขวา (líiao khwǎa) is “turn right” in Thai, while ไปทางขวา (bpai thaang khwǎa) is “go right.”  Despite having different meanings in English, both words refer to the same action in Thai. They can be used interchangeably.

Example 1:  

ต้องเลี้ยวขวาที่ทางแยกรึเปล่า

Dtâawng líiao khwǎa thîi thaang yâaek rúe bplào

“Do I have to turn right at the intersection?”

Example 2

ถ้าจะไปโรงพยาบาล พอออกจากซอยแล้วให้ไปทางขวา

Thâa jà bpai roong-phá-yaa-baan phaaw àawk jàak saauy láaeo hâi bpai thaang khwǎa

“If you want to go to the hospital, you have to go right when you go out of the alley.”

6- Go upstairs 

Thai word: ขึ้นไปข้างบน (khûen bpai khâang bon)

Usage: Thai people sometimes put เดิน (dooen), which means “walk,” in front of ขึ้นไปข้างบน (khûen bpai khâang bon).

Example:  

พอขึ้นไปข้างบนแล้ว ประตูบานแรกที่เจอคือห้องนอนครับ

Phaaw khûen bpai khâang bon láaeo bprà-dtuu baan râaek thîi jooe khuue hâawng-naawn khráp

“Once you go upstairs, the first door you see is the bedroom.”

7- Go downstairs 

Thai word: ลงไปข้างล่าง (long bpai khâang lâang)

Usage: Thai people sometimes put เดิน (dooen), which means “walk,” in front of ลงไปข้างล่าง (long bpai khâang lâang).

Example:  

ถ้าจะไปห้องประชุม ต้องเดินลงไปข้างล่างแล้วเลี้ยวซ้าย

thâa jà bpai hâawng bprà-chum dtâawng dooen long bpai khâang lâang láaeo líiao sáai

“If you want to go to the meeting room, you have to go downstairs and then turn left.”

8- Keep going 

Thai word: ตรงไปเรื่อย ๆ (dtrong bpai rûueai-rûueai)

Usage: Thai people put verbs that show movement in front of this phrase. Those verbs are เดิน (dooen) which means “walk,” วิ่ง (wîng) which means “run,” and ขับ (khàp) which means “drive.”

Example:  

พอเลยโรงเรียนมาแล้ว ตรงไปเรื่อย ๆ อีกประมาณ 1 กิโลเมตรก็จะเจอโรงแรม

Phaaw looei roong-riian maa láaew khàp dtrong bpai rûueai-rûueai ìik bprà-maan nùeng gì-loo-méet gâaw jà jooe roong-raaem

“Once you pass the school, keep going for around one kilometer and you will find the hotel.”

9- Hurry up 

Thai word: เร็วหน่อย (reo nàauy); เร็ว ๆ หน่อย (reo-reo nàauy)

Usage: Both เร็วหน่อย (reo nàauy) and เร็ว ๆ หน่อย (reo-reo nàauy) have the same meaning. The word เร็ว (reo) is “fast” in Thai. So when speaking, Thai people sometimes say the word เร็ว (reo) twice to emphasize that the other person needs to go faster.

Example:  

เร็วหน่อย ไม่งั้นจะไปสาย

Reo nàauy mâi ngán jà bpai sǎai

“Hurry up or else I/we will be late.”

10- Slow down 

Thai word: ช้าหน่อย (cháa nàauy); ช้า ๆ หน่อย (cháa-cháa nàauy)

Usage: Both ช้าหน่อย (cháa nàauy) and ช้า ๆ หน่อย (cháa-cháa nàauy) have the same meaning. The word ช้า (cháa) is “slow” in Thai. So when speaking, Thai people sometimes say the word ช้า (cháa) twice to emphasize that the other person should go slower.

Example:  

เธอขับรถเร็วไปแล้ว ช้า ๆ หน่อย

Thooe khàp rót reo bpai láaeo cháa-cháa nàauy

“You are driving too fast, slow down.”

Slow down, the light has already turned red

11- On the left 

Thai word: อยู่ฝั่งซ้าย (yùu fàng sáai); อยู่ด้านซ้าย (yùu dâan sáai)

Usage: There’s no difference between อยู่ฝั่งซ้าย (yùu fàng sáai) and อยู่ด้านซ้าย (yùu dâan sáai). Also, as mentioned earlier, Thai people sometimes use the word มือ (muue), which means “hand,” with the word ซ้าย (sáai): ซ้ายมือ (sáai muue). This applies here as well. 

Example 1:  

สวนสาธารณะอยู่ด้านซ้ายของคอนโด

Sǔuan sǎa-thaa-rá-ná yùu dâan sáai khǎawng khaawn-doo

“The park is on the left of the condo.”

Example 2:  

ถ้าเธอเดินตรงไป จะเจอซอยอยู่ฝั่งซ้ายมือ

Thâa thooe dooen dtrong bpai jà jooe saauy yùu fàng sáai muue

“If you walk straight, you will find an alley on your left.”

12- On the right 

Thai word: อยู่ฝั่งขวา (yùu fàng khwǎa); อยู่ด้านขวา (yùu dâan khwǎa)

Usage: There’s no difference between อยู่ฝั่งขวา (yùu fàng khwǎa) and อยู่ด้านขวา (yùu dâan khwǎa). And as mentioned earlier, Thai people sometimes use the word มือ (muue), which means “hand,” with the word ขวา (khwǎa): ขวามือ (khwǎa muue). This applies here as well.

Example 1:  

พอเลี้ยวซ้ายแล้ว บ้านเธออยู่ฝั่งขวาใช่มั๊ย

Phaaw líiao sáai láaeo bâan thooe yùu fàng khwǎa châi mái

“Once I turn left, is your house on the right?”

Example 2:  

ร้านดอกไม้อยู่ด้านขวาของธนาคารใช่มั๊ย

Ráan dàawk-mái yùu dâan khwǎa khǎawng thá-naa-khaan châi mái

“Is the flower shop on the right of the bank?”

7. Real Situation Example

To help you better understand how to ask for and give directions in Thailand, and so you can practice, we’ll put everything we’ve gone over in this lesson together with real-life examples.

1- How do I get to Paragon?

A:  

ขอโทษค่ะ  ไปพารากอนยังไงคะ

khǎaw-thôot-khà bpai-paa-raa-gâawn-yang-ngai-khá

“Excuse me, how do I get to Paragon?”

B:  

ไปทางรถไฟฟ้าได้ครับ เดินตรงไปข้างหน้า เลี้ยวซ้าย แล้วเดินไปเรื่อย ๆ จะเจอสถานีรถไฟฟ้าครับ

bpai-thaang-rót-fai-fáa-dâi-kráp dooen-dtrong-bpai-khâang-nhâa líiao-sáai láaew-dooen-bpai- rûueai-rûueai jà-joee-sà-thǎan-nii-rót-fai-fáa-khráp

“You can go by sky train. You go straight ahead, turn left, and then keep going until you find the sky train station.”

A:  

สถานีรถไฟฟ้าอยู่ไกลมั๊ยคะ

sà-thǎan-nii-rót-fai-fáa-yhùu-glai-mái-khá

“Is the sky train station far from here?”

B:  

ไม่ไกลมากครับ  เดินประมาณ 5 นาทีครับ

mâi-glai-mâak-kráp dooen-bprà-maan-hâa-naa-thii-khráp

“It’s not very far, around a five-minute walk.”

A:  

แล้วต้องลงสถานีรถไฟฟ้าไหนคะ

láaew-dtâawng-long-sà-thǎan-nii-rót-fai-fáa-nhǎi-khá

“And which sky train station should I get off at?”

B:  

สถานีสยามครับ

sà-thǎan-nii-sà-yǎam-khráp

“Siam Station.”

A:  

ขอบคุณค่ะ

khàawp-khun-khà

“Thank you.”

2- Where should I go on holiday?

A:  

ใกล้จะถึงวันหยุดยาวแล้ว  ไปเที่ยวที่ไหนดีครับ

glâi-jà-thǔng-wan-yhùt-yaao-láaew bpai-thîiao-thîi-nhǎi-dii-khráp

“It’s almost long holiday. Where should I go for traveling?”

B:  

ชอบทะเลหรือภูเขาคะ

châawp-thá-laae-rhǔue-phuu-khǎo-khá

“Do you like the sea or mountains?”

A:  

ชอบทะเลครับ

châawp-thá-laae-khráp

“I like the sea.”

B:  

ไปเที่ยวที่หัวหินดีมั๊ยคะ  อยู่ภาคตะวันตกของไทย  ใกล้จากกรุงเทพ  ทะเลสวย  อาหารอร่อย  

bpai-thîiao-hǔa-hǐn-dii-mái-khá yhùu-phâak-thà-wan-dtòk-khǎawng-thai glâi-grung-thêep thá-lee-sǔuay aa-hǎan-à-rhòi

“How about Huahin? It is in the west part of Thailand, near Bangkok. The sea is beautiful. The food is great.”

A:   

ถ้าอย่างนั้นวันหยุดนี้  ผมจะไปหัวหินครับ

thâa-yàang-nán-wan-yhùt-níi phǒm-jà-bpai-hǔa-hǐn-khráp

“Then, I will go to Huahin for this coming holiday.”

B:  

ฉันรู้จักโรงแรมที่หัวหินที่สวยมากอยู่ที่นึง  จะหาเบอร์โทรให้นะคะ

chǎn-rúu-jàk-roong-raaem-thîi-hǔa-hǐn-thîi-sǔuay-mâak-yhùu-thîi-nueng jà-hǎa-booe-thoo-hâi-ná- khá

“I know a very beautiful hotel at Huahin. I will give you the phone number.”

A:  

ขอบคุณครับ

khàawp-khun-khráp

“Thank you.”

8. Conclusion

Now that you’ve reached the conclusion, we believe you should have no problem asking and giving directions in Tha. Did you find this topic hard? Is the way that Thai people ask and give directions different from how it’s done in your language? Please comment below to let us know.

Please note that you may be confused with some phrases and sentences, but that’s normal. You’ll need some time to practice. To become more fluent, be sure to practice using these directions phrases whenever you can; practice makes perfect.

Once you’re good at this, go check out other fun and useful Thai lessons at ThaiPod101.com, such as how to take a Thai taxi, information about Wat Pho, and going on a trip via plane.

Happy Thai learning!

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Learn the Top 100 Thai Nouns in 2019



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The noun is a basic component of sentences in any language, including Thai. In order to communicate in Thai, you need to know enough vocabulary to form the sentence, and this includes nouns. Thus, as a Thai learner, it’s important for you to learn Thai nouns for better communication.

While learning about nouns in Thai is essential in mastering the language itself, it can also introduce you to certain cultural aspects and traditions. For example, in learning the basic Thai nouns related to food and utensils, you can guess how people eat.

Further, in our guide about Thai language nouns, you’ll also get to learn about คำทับศัพท์ (kham-tháp-sàp), or English words that are used in the Thai language.

In this lesson, ThaiPod101.com provides you with a basic Thai noun list for words that are often used in daily life, categorized into groups for easy memorization. You’ll get to learn about nouns in Thai vocabulary, learn nouns in Thai grammar, see examples of nouns in Thai sentences, and more. Still, this lesson won’t cover the topic of noun classifiers yet, as this will be too complicated to explain here.

But before we get to all of that, let’s learn basic Thai nouns first. คำนาม (kham-naam) is “noun” in Thai. Below is the beginning of our list of the most common Thai nouns.

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Table of Contents
  1. Thai Nouns about Family Members
  2. Thai Nouns about Body Parts
  3. Thai Nouns about Occupations
  4. Thai Nouns about School Essentials
  5. Thai Nouns about Appliances
  6. Thai Nouns about Technology
  7. Thai Nouns about Transportation
  8. Thai Nouns about Restaurants
  9. Thai Nouns about Time
  10. Conclusion


1. Thai Nouns about Family Members


The first group of basic Thai nouns you should learn are those about family members.

Lovely Family

1- Father

Thai noun: พ่อ (phâaw)

Example:
พ่อชอบกินไข่
Phâaw châawp gin khài
My father likes eggs.

2- Mother

Thai noun: แม่ (mâae)

Example:
แม่ทำอาหารอร่อยมาก
Mâae tham aa-hǎan à-ràauy mâak
My mother is very good at cooking.

3- Older sibling

Thai noun: พี่ (phîi)

Example:
ฉันมีพี่ 2 คน
Chǎn mii phîi sǎawng khon
I have two older siblings.

Additional note: พี่ (phîi) can be used for both male and female siblings.

4- Younger sibling

Thai noun: น้อง (náawng)

Example:
ฉันมีน้อง 1 คน
Chǎn mii náawng nùeng khon
I have one younger sibling.

Additional note: Like พี่ (phîi), น้อง (náawng) can be used for both male and female siblings.

5- Family

Thai noun: ครอบครัว (khrâawp-khruua)

Example:
ครอบครัวของเรามี 6 คน
Khrâawp-khruua khǎawng rao mii hòk khon
There are six members in our family.

**For those who want to learn even more Thai nouns for family, please check out our article about family members!

2. Thai Nouns about Body Parts


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The second group of basic Thai nouns you should learn are those related to body parts.

1- Head

Thai noun: หัว (hǔua); ศีรษะ (sǐi-sà)

Example 1:
เมื่อวานฉันปวดหัว
Mûuea-waan chǎn bpùuat hǔua
I had a headache yesterday.

Example 2:
เพดานเตี้ย โปรดระวังศีรษะ
Phee-daan-dtîia Bpròot rá-wang sǐi-sà
The ceiling is low; mind your head.

Additional note: In the Thai language, the meanings of หัว (hǔua) and ศีรษะ (sǐi-sà) are exactly the same. However, ศีรษะ (sǐi-sà) is more formal than หัว (hǔua).

2- Face

Thai noun: หน้า (nâa)

Example:
พ่อทำหน้าตลก ๆ เก่งมาก
Phâaw tham nâa dtà-lòk-dtà-lòk gèng mâak
My father is good at making funny faces.

3- Eye

Thai noun: ตา (dtaa)

Example:
ตาของเธอสวยมาก
Dtaa khǎawng thooe sǔuai mâak
Her eyes are very beautiful.

Additional note: ตา (dtaa) can also refer to the father of one’s mother, or “grandfather.”

4- Ear

Thai noun: หู (hǔu)

Example:
มีอะไรเลอะหูเธออยู่นะ
Mii à-rai lóe hǔu thooe yùu ná
There is something dirty near your ear.

5- Nose

Thai noun: จมูก (jà-mùuk)

Example:
จมูกของฉันกับแม่เหมือนกันมาก
Jà-mùuk khǎawng chǎn gàp mâae mǔuean gan mâak
My nose looks exactly like my mother’s.

6- Mouth

Thai noun: ปาก (bpàak)

Example:
ฉันเผลอกัดปากตัวเองตอนเคี้ยวขนม เจ็บมาก
Chǎn phlǒoe gàt bpàak dtuua-eeng dtaawn khíiao khà-nǒm jèp mâak
I accidentally bit my mouth while chewing a snack. It hurts a lot.

7- Tongue

Thai noun: ลิ้น (lín)

Example:
กินของร้อนมาก ระวังลิ้นพอง
Gin khǎawng ráawn mâak rá-wang lín phaawng
Be careful when eating hot food; it can burn your tongue.

8- Arm

Thai noun: แขน (khǎaen)

Example:
เธอออกกำลังกายทุกวัน ทำให้แขนสวยมาก
Thooe àawk-gam-lang-gaai thúk wan tham hâi khǎaen sǔuai mâak
She exercises everyday, making her arm’s shape very beautiful.

9- Leg

Thai noun: ขา (khǎa)

Example:
เมื่อวานไปซื้อของกับเพื่อนมา เมื่อยขามาก
Mûuea waan bpai súue khǎawng gàp phûuean maa mûueai khǎa mâak
I went shopping with friends yesterday, making my legs ache.

10- Hand

Thai noun: มือ (muue)

Example:
ระวังมีดบาดมือ
Rá-wang mîit bàat muue
Be careful not to cut your hand with the knife.

12- Shoulder

Thai noun: หัวไหล่ (hǔua-lài); ไหล่ (lài)

Example 1:
ถ้าสะพายกระเป๋าหนักมาก ๆ อาจทำให้หัวไหล่เจ็บได้
Thâa sà-phaai grà-bpǎo nàk mâak-mâak àat tham hâi hǔua-lài jèp dâi
If you carry a bag that’s too heavy, it may make your shoulder hurt.

Example 2:
ทำไมคนแก่มักปวดไหล่
Tham-mai khon-gàae mák bpùuat lài
Why do elders often have shoulder aches?

Additional note: ไหล่ (lài) is shortened word of หัวไหล่ (hǔua-lài). Thai people often use ไหล่ (lài) more in oral conversation.

3. Thai Nouns about Occupations


The third group of basic Thai nouns you should learn are those you can use to talk about your occupation or job.

What Is Your Occupation?

1- Government officer

Thai noun: ข้าราชการ (khâa-râat-chá-gaan)

Example:
ลุงของฉันเป็นข้าราชการ
Lung khǎawng chǎn bpen khâa-râat-chá-gaan
My uncle is a government officer.

2- Businessman / Businesswoman

Thai noun: นักธุรกิจ (nák-thú-rá-gìt)

Example:
พ่อเป็นนักธุรกิจที่เก่ง
Phâaw bpen nák-thú-rá-gìt thîi gèng
My father is a smart businessman.

Additional note: In Thai, นักธุรกิจ (nák-thú-rá-gìt) can be used when referring to both males and females.

3- Doctor

Thai noun: หมอ (mǎaw)

Example:
ถ้าอยากเป็นหมอต้องตั้งใจเรียนนะ
Thâa yàak bpen mǎaw dtâawng dtâng-jai riian ná
If you want to be a doctor, you have to pay attention in class.

4- Nurse

hai noun: พยาบาล (phá-yaa-baan)

Example:
พยาบาลคนนั้นเจาะเลือดเก่ง
Phá-yaa-baan khon nán jàw lûueat gèng
That nurse is good at drawing blood.

5- Lawyer

Thai noun: ทนาย (thá-naai)

Example:
ทนายคนนั้นตัวสูงมาก
Thá-naai khon nán dtuua sǔung mâak
That lawyer is so tall.

6- Engineer

Thai noun: วิศวกร (wít-sà-wá-gaawn)

Example:
น้องชายฉันอยากเป็นวิศวกร
Náawng-chai chǎn yàak bpen wít-sà-wá-gaawn
My younger brother wants to be an engineer.

7- Accountant

Thai noun: นักบัญชี (nák-ban-chii)

Example:
แม่เป็นนักบัญชี
Mâae bpen nák-ban-chii
My mother is an accountant.

8- Hairdresser

Thai noun: ช่างตัดผม (châang-dtàt-phǒm)

Example:
ช่างตัดผมของฉันชื่อจอย
Châang-dtàt-phǒm khǎawng chǎn chûue jaauy
My hairdresser’s name is Joy.

9- Makeup artist

Thai noun: ช่างแต่งหน้า (châang-dtàaeng-nâa)

Example:
กระเป๋าของช่างแต่งหน้าใบใหญ่มาก
Grà-bpǎo khǎawng châang-dtàaeng-nâa bai yài mâak
A makeup artist’s bag is very big.

10- Actor / Actress

Thai noun: นักแสดง (nák-sà-daaeng)

Example:
นักแสดงคนโปรดของฉันคืออนันดา
Nák-sà-daaeng khon-bpròot khǎawng chǎn khuue à-nan-daa
My favorite artist is Ananda.

Additional note: In Thai, นักแสดง (nák-sà-daaeng) can be used when referring to both males and females.

11- Driver

Thai noun: คนขับรถ (khon-khàp-rót)

Example:
คนรวยมักจ้างคนขับรถ
Khon ruuai mák jâang khon-khàp-rót
Rich people often hire a driver.

12- Policeman / Policewoman

Thai noun: ตำรวจ (dtam-rùuat)

Example:
เครื่องแบบของตำรวจสีน้ำตาล
Khrûueang-bàap khǎawng dtam-rùuat sǐi nám-dtaan
Police uniforms are brown.

Additional note: In Thai, ตำรวจ (dtam-rùuat) can be used when referring to both males and females.

4. Thai Nouns about School Essentials


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The fourth group of the most common Thai nouns you should learn are the ones about school.

1- School

Thai noun: โรงเรียน (roong-riian)

Example:
โรงเรียนของฉันใหญ่มาก
Roong-riian khǎawng chǎn yài mâak
My school is very big.

2- University

Thai noun: มหาวิทยาลัย (má-hǎa-wít-thá-yaa-lai)

Example:
มหาวิทยาลัยของฉันอยู่ที่ท่าพระจันทร์
Má-hǎa-wít-thá-yaa-lai khǎawng chǎn yùu thîi thâa-phrá-jan
My university is at ท่าพระจันทร์ (thâa-prá-jan).

3- Teacher

Thai noun: ครู (khruu)

Example:
ครูส้มใจดีมาก
Khruu sôm jai-dii mâak
The Teacher Som is very kind.

4- Student

Thai noun: นักเรียน (nák-riian)

Example:
นักเรียนห้ามเข้าห้องเรียนสาย
Nák-riian hâam khâo hâawng-riian sǎai
Students mustn’t be late to class.

5- Classroom

Thai noun: ห้องเรียน (hâawng-riian)

Example:
ห้องเรียนฉันมีนักเรียน 30 คน
Hâawng-riian chǎn mii nák-riian sǎam-sìp khon
There are thirty students in my classroom.

6- Report

Thai noun: รายงาน (raai-ngaan)

Example:
รายงานวิชานี้ยากที่สุด
Raai-ngaan wí-chaa níi yâak thîi sùt
The report for this subject is the most difficult one.

7- Homework

Thai noun: การบ้าน (gaan-bâan)

Example:
ไม่มีนักเรียนคนไหนชอบการบ้าน
Mâi mii nák-riian khon nǎi châawp gaan-bâan
No student likes homework.

8- Group work

Thai noun: งานกลุ่ม (ngaan-glùm)

Example:
งานกลุ่มวิชาภาษาอังกฤษยากมั๊ย
Ngaan-glùm wí-chaa phaa-sǎa ang-grìt yâak mái
Is English’s group work difficult?

9- Individual work

Thai noun: งานเดี่ยว (ngan dìiao)

Example:
ฉันทำงานเดี่ยววิชาภาษาไทยเสร็จแล้ว
Chǎn tham ngaan dìiao wí-chaa phaa-saa thai sèt láaeo
I already finished my individual work for the Thai subject.

10- Test

Thai noun: สอบ (sàawp)

Example:
พรุ่งนี้มีสอบภาษาญี่ปุ่น
Phrûng-níi mii sàawp phaa-sǎa yîi-bpùn
There is a Japanese test tomorrow.

11- Bachelor’s degree

Thai noun: ปริญญาตรี (bpà-rin-yaa dtrii)

Example:
แม่ดีใจมากตอนฉันได้ปริญญาตรี
Mâae dii-jai mâak dtaawn chǎn dâi bpà-rin-yaa dtrii
My mother was very happy when I got my bachelor’s degree.

12- Master’s degree

Thai noun: ปริญญาโท (bpà-rin-yaa thoo)

Example:
ฉันอยากได้ปริญญาโท
Chǎn yàak dâi bpà-rin-yaa thoo
I want to get a master’s degree.

13- PhD

Thai noun: ปริญญาเอก (bpà-rin-yaa èek)

Example:
คนที่เรียนจบปริญญาเอกต้องฉลาดมากแน่ ๆ
Khon thîi riian jòp brà-rin-yaa èek dtâawng chà-làat mâak nâae-nâae
People who have a PhD must be very smart.

5. Thai Nouns about Appliances


The fifth group of common Thai nouns are those about appliances that Thai people often use.

1- Television

Thai noun: โทรทัศน์ (thoo-rá-thát); ทีวี (thii-wii)

Example 1:
โทรทัศน์เดี๋ยวนี้ราคาไม่แพงมากเหมือนเมื่อก่อน
Thoo-rá-thát dǐiao-níi raa-khaa mâi phaaeng mâak mǔuean mûuea gàawn
Televisions nowadays aren’t as expensive as they were in the past.

Example 2:
น้องชอบดูทีวีมาก
Náawng châawp duu thii-wii mâak
My younger sibling loves watching TV.

Additional note: ทีวี (thii-wii) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language. โทรทัศน์ (thoo-rá-thát) is more formal than ทีวี (thii-wii). However, Thai people normally use ทีวี (thii-wii) when speaking.

Watching TV together

2- Radio

Thai noun: ทยุ (wít-thá-yú)

Example:
เดี๋ยวนี้คนไม่ค่อยฟังวิทยุกันแล้ว
Dǐiao-níi khon mâi khâauy fang wít-thá-yú gan láaeo
Nowadays, people rarely listen to the radio.

3- Speaker

Thai noun: ลำโพง (lam-phoong)

Example:
ฉันได้ลำโพงเป็นของขวัญวันเกิด
Chǎn dâi lam-phoong bpen khǎawng-khwǎn wan-gòoet
I got a speaker as a birthday gift.

4- Air conditioner

Thai noun: เครื่องปรับอากาศ (khrûueang bpràp aa-gàat); แอร์ (aae)

Example 1:
ถ้าเปิดเครื่องปรับอากาศทุกวัน ค่าไฟจะแพงมาก
Thâa bpòoet khrûueang bpràp aa-gàat thúk-wan khâa fai jà phaaeng mâak
If you turn on the air conditioner every day, the electricity bill will be very expensive.

Example 2:
ถ้าอากาศร้อนก็เปิดแอร์ได้
Thâa aa-gàat ráawn gâaw bpòoet aae dai
You can turn on the air conditioner if it’s very hot.

Additional note:แอร์ (aae) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language. However, for this word, Thai people shorten it. เครื่องปรับอากาศ (khrûueang bpràp aa-gàat) is more formal than แอร์ (aae). Still, Thai people normally use แอร์ (aae) when speaking.

5- Fan

Thai noun: พัดลม (phát-lom)

Example:
เปิดพัดลมให้หน่อย
Bpòoet phát-lom hâi nàauy
Turn on the fan, please.

6- Fridge

Thai noun: ตู้เย็น (dtûu-yen)

Example:
ตู้เย็นที่บ้านเสีย
Dtûu-yen thîi bâan sǐia
The fridge at home is broken.

7- Toaster

Thai noun: เครื่องปิ้งขนมปัง (khrûueang bpîng khà-nǒm-bpang)

Example:
ฉันอยากได้เครื่องปิ้งขนมปัง
Chǎn yàak dâi khrûueang bpîng khà-nǒm-bpang
I want a toaster.

8- Microwave

Thai noun: ไมโครเวฟ (mai-khroo-wéep)

Example:
ไมโครเวฟราคาแพงมั๊ย
Mai-khroo-wéep raa-khaa phaaeng mái
Is a microwave expensive?

9- Water heater

Thai noun: เครื่องทำน้ำอุ่น (khrûueng tham nám ùn)

Example:
พ่อเพิ่งซื้อเครื่องทำน้ำอุ่นมา
Phâaw phôoeng súue khrûueng tham nám ùn maa
My father just bought a water heater.

10- Hair dryer

Thai noun: ไดร์เป่าผม (dai bpào phǒm)

Example:
ไดร์เป่าผมอันนั้นสีสวยจัง
Dai bpào phǒm an nán sǐi sǔuai jang
That hair dryer has a nice color.

6. Thai Nouns about Technology


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The sixth group of common Thai nouns are those related to technology.

1- Computer

Thai noun: คอมพิวเตอร์ (khaawm-phiu-dtôoe)

Example:
คอมพิวเตอร์เครื่องใหม่อยู่ข้างบน
Khaawm-phiu-dtôoe khrûueang mài yùu khâang bon
The new computer is upstairs.

Additional note: คอมพิวเตอร์ (khaawm-phiu-dtôoe) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

2- Laptop

Thai noun: โน๊ตบุ๊ค (nóot-búk)

Example:
โน๊ตบุุ๊คของเธอหนักมาก
Nóot-búk khǎawng thooe nàk mâak
Her laptop is so heavy.

3- Cell phone

Thai noun: โทรศัพท์มือถือ (thoo-rá-sàp muue-thǔue); มือถือ (muue-thǔue)

Example 1:
โทรศัพท์มือถือรุ่นใหม่เบามาก
Thoo-rá-sàp muue-thǔue rûn mǎi bao mâak
The new version of the mobile phone is so light.

Example 2:
พ่อทำมือถือหายอีกแล้ว
Phâaw tham muue-thǔue hǎai ìik láaeo
Dad lost his mobile phone again.

Additional note: มือถือ (muue-thǔue) is a shortened word of โทรศัพท์มือถือ (thoo-rá-sàp muue-thǔue). Thus, people often use มือถือ (muue-thǔue) when speaking. โทรศัพท์มือถือ (thoo-rá-sàp muue-thǔue) is more formal.

4- Headphone

Thai noun: หูฟัง (hǔu-fang)

Example:
หูฟังอยู่ตรงไหน
Hǔu-fang yùu dtrong nǎi
Where is the headphone?

5- Tablet

Thai noun: แท็บเล็ต (tháep-lèt)

Example:
แม่ชอบดูยูทูปผ่านแท็บเล็ต
Mâae châawp duu yuu-thúup phàan tháep-lèt
Mom likes to watch YouTube via tablet.

Additional note: แท็บเล็ต (tháep-lèt) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

6- Charger

Thai noun: สายชาร์ต (sǎai-cháat)

Example:
แม่วางสายชาร์ตไว้ข้างทีวี
Mâae wang sǎai-cháat wái khâang thii-wii
Mom put the charger near the TV.

7- Internet

Thai noun: อินเตอร์เน็ต (in-dtooe-nèt)

Example:
การหาข้อมูลผ่านอินเตอร์เน็ตทำให้ชีวิตง่ายขึ้น
Gaan hǎa khâaw-muun phàan in-dtooe-nèt tham hâi chii-wít ngâai khûen
Finding information using the internet makes life easier.

Additional note: อินเตอร์เน็ต (in-dtooe-nèt) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

8- Wifi

Thai noun: ไวไฟ (wai-fai)

Example:
ที่โรงแรมมีไวไฟให้ด้วย
Thîi roong-raaem mii wai-fai hâi dûuai
There is wifi available at the hotel.

Additional note: ไวไฟ (wai-fai) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

9- Signal

Thai noun: สัญญาณ (sǎn-yaan)

Example:
บนภูเขาบางทีก็ไม่มีสัญญาณโทรศัพท์
Bon phuu-khǎo baang-thii gâaw mâi mii sǎn-yaan thoo-rá-sàp
Sometimes, there is no phone signal at the mountain.

10- Application

Thai noun: แอพพลิเคชั่น (aáep-phlì-khee-chân); แอพ (áaep)

Example 1:
โปรดอัพเดทแอพพลิเคชั่นให้เป็นเวอร์ชั่นล่าสุด
Bplòot áp-dèet áaep-phlì-khee-chân hâi bpen wooe-chân lâa-sùt
Please update the application to the latest version.

Example 2:
เธอโหลดแอพใหม่ยัง
Thooe lòot áaep mài yang
Have you downloaded the application yet?

Additional note: แอพ (áaep) is a shortened word of แอพพลิเคชั่น (áaep-phlì-khee-chân). Thus, people often use แอพ (áaep) when speaking. แอพพลิเคชั่น (áaep-phlì-khee-chân) is more formal.

11- Website

Thai noun: เว็บไซต์ (wép-sái)

Example:
เธอชอบเข้าเว็บไซต์อะไร
Thooe châawp khâo wép-sái à-rai
Which website do you like to visit?

Additional note: เว็บไซต์ (wép-sái) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

12- Picture

Thai noun: รูปภาพ (rûup-phâap)

Example:
มือถือฉันมีรูปภาพแมวเยอะมาก
Muue-thǔue chǎn mii rûup-phâap maaew yóe mâak
There are a lot of cat pictures on my mobile phone.

13- File

Thai noun: ไฟล์ (fai)

Example:
ส่งไฟล์มาให้หน่อย
Sòng fai maa hâi nhàauy
Send the file to me.

Additional note: ไฟล์ (fai) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham-tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

14- Email

Thai noun: อีเมล (ii-meeo). Despite ending with ล, this word sounds like ว more than ล, so I use meeo instead of meen.

Example:
อีเมลของเธอคืออะไร
Ii-meeo khǎawng thooe khuue à-rai
What is your email?

Additional note: อีเมล (ii-meeo) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham-tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

My Email

15- Password

Thai noun: พาสเวิร์ด (pháat-wòoet)

Example:
อย่าบอกพาสเวิร์ดให้คนอื่นรู้
Yàa bàawk pháat-wòoet hâi khon ùuen rúu
Don’t tell your password to others.

Additional note: พาสเวิร์ด (pháat-wòoet) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham-tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

7. Thai Nouns about Transportation


Next up on our Thai nouns list are the essential words you need to know regarding transportation.

1- Plane

Thai noun: เครื่องบิน (khrûueang-bin)

Example:
แม่จะไปเชียงใหม่โดยเครื่องบิน
Mâae jà bpai chiiang-mài dooi khrûueang-bin
Mom will go to Chiiangmai by plane.

2- Helicopter

Thai noun: เฮลิคอปเตอร์ (hee-lí-kháwp-dtôoe)

Example:
เฮลิคอปเตอร์เสียงดังมาก
Hee-lí-kháwp-dtôoe sǐiang dang mâak
Helicopters have a loud noise.

Additional note: เฮลิคอปเตอร์ (hee-lí-kháwp-dtôoe) is คำทับศัพท์ (kham-tháp-sàp), which is an English word used in the Thai language.

3- Car

Thai noun: รถยนต์ (rót-yon)

Example:
รถยนต์คันนั้นสกปรกมาก
Rót-yon khan nán sòk-gà-bpròk mâak
That car is very dirty.

4- Train

Thai noun: รถไฟ (rót-fai)

Example:
ถ้านั่งรถไฟจะใช้เวลานาน
Thâa nâng rót-fai jà chái wee-laa naan
It takes a long time if you go by train.

5- Bus

Thai noun: รถเมล์ (rót-mee)

Example:
วันศุกร์รถเมล์คนแน่นมาก
Wan-sùk rót-mee khon nâaen mâak
It is very crowded on the bus on Friday.

6- Truck

Thai noun: รถบรรทุก (rót-ban-thúk)

Example:
อย่าขับรถใกล้รถบรรทุก
Yàa khàp rót glâi rót-ban-thúk
Don’t drive near the truck.

7- Sky train

Thai noun: รถไฟฟ้า (rót-fai-fáa)

Example:
ค่ารถไฟฟ้าไปคอนโดเธอกี่บาท
Khâa rót-fai-fáa bpai khaawn-doo thooe gìi bàat
How much is the sky train fare to your condo?

Additional note: Apart from รถไฟฟ้า (rót-fai-fáa), Thai people often call the sky train บีทีเอส (BTS), which is the name of the company that runs the sky train in Thailand.

8- Subway

Thai noun: รถไฟฟ้าใต้ดิน (rót-fai-fáa dtâi din)

Example:
ฉันชอบนั่งรถไฟฟ้าใต้ดิน เร็วดี
Chǎn châawp nâng rót-fai-fáa dtâi din reo dii
I like to travel via subway; it is fast.

Additional note: Similar to รถไฟฟ้า (rót-fai-fáa), Thai people often call the subway เอ็มอาร์ที (MRT), which is the name of the company that runs the subway in Thailand.

9- Motorbike

Thai noun: มอเตอร์ไซต์ (maaw-dtooe-sai)

Example:
ถ้าจะนั่งมอเตอร์ไซต์ต้องใส่หมวกกันน็อค
Thâa jà nâng maaw-dtooe-sai dtâawng sài mùuak-gan-náawk
If you travel by motorbike, you have to wear a helmet.

10- Bicycle

Thai noun: จักรยาน (jàk-grà-yaan)

Example:
เด็ก ๆ ชอบขี่จักรยาน
Dèk-dèk châawp khìi jàk-grà-yaan
Children like to ride bicycles.

11- Tricycle

Thai noun: รถสามล้อ (rót-sǎam-láaw)

Example:
นักท่องเที่ยวอยากนั่งรถสามล้อ
Nák-thâawng-thîiao yàak nâng rót-sǎam-láaw
The traveller wants to ride a tricycle.

Additional note: Apart from รถสามล้อ (rót-sǎam-láaw), another name Thai people use is ตุ๊กตุ๊ก (dtúk-dtúk), which is the sound of a tricycle.

12- Boat

Thai noun: เรือ (ruuea)

Example:
ที่ตลาดน้ำ แม่ค้าขายของบนเรือ
Thîi dtà-làat-nám mâae-kháa khǎai khǎawng bon ruuea
At the floating market, the seller is on the boat.

13- Airport

Thai noun: สนามบิน (sà-nǎam-bin)

Example:
เธอถึงสนามบินรึยัง
Thooe thǔeng sà-nǎam-bin rúe-yang
Have you arrived at the airport yet?

14- Train station

Thai noun: สถานีรถไฟ (sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai)

Example:
พ่อกำลังไปสถานีรถไฟ
Phâaw gam-lang bpai sà-thǎa-nii rót-fai
Dad is going to the train station now.

15- Bus stop

Thai noun: ป้ายรถเมล์ (bpâai rót-mee)

Example:
ป้ายรถเมล์อยู่ตรงไหน
Bpâai rót-mee yùu dtrong nǎi
Where is the bus stop?

16- Pier

Thai noun: ท่าเรือ (thâa-ruuea)

Example:
ท่าเรืออยู่ตรงนู้น
Thâa-ruuea yùu dtrong núun
The pier is over there.

17- Gas

Thai noun: น้ำมัน (nám-man)

Example:
พรุ่งนี้น้ำมันจะขึ้นราคา
Phrûng-níi nám-man jà khûen raa-khaa
Gas prices will be increased tomorrow.

Additional note: In Thai, น้ำมัน (nám-man) can also mean “cooking oil.”

18- Road

Thai noun: ถนน (thà-nǒn)

Example:
คอนโดอยู่ใกล้ถนนสุขุมวิท
Khaawn-doo yùu glâi thà-nǒn sù-khǔm-wít
The condo is near Sukhumvit road.

19- Traffic light

Thai noun: ไฟจราจร (fai jà-raa-jaawn)

Example:
ตอนนี้ไฟจราจรสีอะไร
Dtaawn-níi fai jà-raa-jaawn sǐi à-rai
What is the color of the traffic light now?

8. Thai Nouns about Restaurants


Do you love Thai food? Great! It’s time to learn Thai nouns you’ll need at the Thai restaurant!

1- Restaurant

Thai noun: ร้านอาหาร (ráan aa-hǎan)

Example:
คุณชอบร้านอาหารร้านไหน
Khun châawp ráan aa-hǎan ráan nǎi
Which restaurant do you like?

My Favourite Restaurant

2- Street food

Thai noun: อาหารริมทาง (aa-hǎan rim-thaang)

Example:
หลายคนชอบกินอาหารริมทางในไทย
Lǎai khon châawp gin aa-hǎan rim-thaang nai thai
Many people like street food in Thailand.

3- Table

Thai noun: โต๊ะ (dtó)

Example:
โต๊ะนี้ว่างรึเปล่า
Dtó níi wâang rúe bplào
Is this table available?

4- Customer

Thai noun: ลูกค้า (lûuk-kháa)

Example:
ลูกค้าจะมาแล้ว เตรียมพร้อมรึยัง
Lûuk-kháa jà maa láaeo dtriiam phráawm rúe yang
A customer is coming. Are you ready?

5- Waiter / Waitress

Thai noun: พนักงานเสริฟ (phá-nák-ngaan sòoep)

Example:
เขาทำงานเป็นพนักงานเสริฟ
Khǎo tham-ngaan bpen phá-nák-ngaan sòoep
He is working as a waiter.

Additional note: In Thai, พนักงานเสริฟ (phá-nák-ngaan sòoep) can be used when referring to both males and females.

6- Male cook

Thai noun: พ่อครัว (phâaw-khruua)

Example:
พ่อครัวกำลังทำอาหาร
Phâaw-khruua gam-lang tham aa-hǎan
The cook is now cooking.

7- Female cook

Thai noun: แม่ครัว (mâae-khruua)

Example:
แม่ครัวทำอาหารอร่อยดี
Mâae-khruua tham aa-hǎan a-ràauy dii
The cook is good at cooking.

8- Plate

Thai noun: จาน (jaan)

Example:
ขอจาน 2 ใบ
Khǎaw jaan sǎawng bai
I want two plates.

9- Bowl

Thai noun: ชาม (chaam)

Example:
อย่าทำชามแตกนะ
Yàa tham chaam dtàaek ná
Don’t break the bowl.

10- Spoon

Thai noun: ช้อน (cháawn)

Example:
ช้อนอยู่ไหน
Cháawn yùu nǎi
Where is the spoon?

11- Fork

Thai noun: ส้อม (sâawm)

Example:
ส้อมอยู่บนชั้น
Sâawm yùu bon chán
The fork is on the shelf.

12- Chopsticks

Thai noun: ตะเกียบ (dtà-gìiap)

Example:
บางคนใช้ตะเกียบไม่เป็น
Baang khon chái dtà-gìiap mâi bpen
Some people can’t use chopsticks.

13- Glass

Thai noun: แก้ว (gâaeo)

Example:
ซื้อแก้วให้หน่อย
Súue gâaeo hâi nàauy
Please buy a glass for me.

14- Cup

Thai noun: ถ้วย (thûuai)

Example:
ระวังนะ ถ้วยร้อนมาก
Rá-wang ná thûuai ráawn mâak
Be careful. The cup is very hot.

15- Straw

Thai noun: หลอด (làawt)

Example:
งดใช้หลอดกันเถอะ
Ngót chái làawt gan thòe
Let’s not use a straw.

16- Food

Thai noun: อาหาร (aa-hǎan)

Example:
อาหารอร่อยมาก
Aa-hǎan à-ràauy mâak
The food is very delicious.

17- Drink

Thai noun: เครื่องดื่ม (khrûueang-dùuem)

Example:
อยากได้เครื่องดื่มอุ่น ๆ
Yàak dâi khrûueang-dùuem ùn-ùn
I want a warm drink.

9. Thai Nouns about Time


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Being able to ask for, give, and talk about the time is extremely important. Here are the Thai nouns you’ll need to do so!

1- Today

Thai noun: วันนี้ (wan-níi)

Example:
วันนี้อากาศดี
Wan-níi aa-gàat dii
The weather is good today.

2- Tomorrow

Thai noun: พรุ่งนี้ (phrûng-níi)

Example:
พรุ่งนี้ฉันจะไปทะเล
Phrûng-níi chǎn jà bpai thá-lee
I will go to the sea tomorrow.

3- Day after tomorrow

Thai noun: มะรืน (má-ruuen)

Example:
มะรืนนี้เป็นวันเกิดของพ่อ
Má-ruuen níi bpen wan-gòoet khǎawng phâaw
The day after tomorrow is my father’s birthday.

4- Yesterday

Thai noun: เมื่อวาน (mûuea-waan)

Example:
เมื่อวานนี้ฝนตกหนัก
Mûuea-waan níi fon dtòk nàk
It rained heavily yesterday.

5- Monday

Thai noun: วันจันทร์ (wan-jan)

Example:
ฉันไม่ชอบวันจันทร์
Chǎn mâi châawp wan-jan
I don’t like Monday.

6- Tuesday

Thai noun: วันอังคาร (wan-ang-khaan)

Example:
วันอังคารหน้า อย่าลืมเอาการบ้านมานะ
Wan-ang-khaan nâa yàa luuem ao gaan-bâan maa ná
Don’t forget to bring the homework next Tuesday.

7- Wednesday

Thai noun: วันพุธ (wan-phút)

Example:
ร้านตัดผมปิดวันพุธ
Ráan dtàt phǒm bpìt wan-phút
The barber shop closes on Wednesday.

8- Thursday

Thai noun: วันพฤหัสบดี (wan-phá-rúe-hàt-sà-baaw-dii)

Example:
วันพฤหัสบดีเป็นวันครู
Wan-phá-rú-hàt-sà-baaw-dii bpen wan khruu
Thursday is Teacher’s Day.

9- Friday

Thai noun: วันศุกร์ (wan-sùk)

Example:
วันศุกร์มักรถติด
Wan-sùk mák rót dtìt
Traffic jams often happen on Friday.

10- Saturday

Thai noun: วันเสาร์ (wan-sǎo)

Example:
วันเสาร์ต้องมาทำงานมั๊ย
Wan-sǎo dtâawng maa tham-ngaan mái
Do I have to work on Saturday?

11- Sunday

Thai noun: วันอาทิตย์ (wan-aa-thít)

Example:
วันอาทิตย์ตื่นสายได้
Wan-aa-thít dtùuen sǎai dâi
I can wake up late on Sunday.

12- Day

Thai noun: วัน (wan)

Example:
เธอจะไปญี่ปุ่นกี่วัน
Thooe jà bpai yîi-bpùn gìi wan
How many days will you be in Japan?

13- Date

Thai noun: วันที่ (wan-thîi)

Example:
ต้องจ่ายเงินวันที่เท่าไหร่
Dtaawng jaai ngooen wan-thii thâo-rài
Which day do I have to make a payment?

14- Week

Thai noun: อาทิตย์ (aa-thít); สัปดาห์ (sàp-daa)

Example 1:
ฉันจะลาหยุดอาทิตย์นึง
Chǎn jà laa yùt aa-thít nueng
I will take one week off.

Example 2:
สัปดาห์นี้ เธอจะทำเสร็จมั๊ย
Sàp-daa níi thooe ja tham sèt mái
Will you finish it this week?

Additional note: In Thai, อาทิตย์ (aa-thít) and สัปดาห์ (sàp-daa) have the same meaning. However, สัปดาห์ (sàp-daa) is more formal, while อาทิตย์ (aa-thít) is used more in casual conversations.

15- Month

Thai noun: เดือน (duuean)

Example:
เดือนหน้าคือเดือนมกราคม
Duuean nâa khuue duuean-má-gà-raa-khom
Next month is January.

16- Year

Thai noun: ปี (bpii)

Example:
ปีนี้เศรษฐกิจไม่ดีเลย
Bpii níi sèet-thà-gìt mâi dii looei
This year, the economy is not good.

17- Time

Thai noun: เวลา (wee-laa)

Example:
ตอนนี้เวลากี่โมงแล้ว
Dtaawn-níi wee-laa gìi moong láaeo
What time is it?

18- Minute

Thai noun: นาที (naa-thii)

Example:
อุ่น 3 นาทีก็พอ
Ùn sǎam naa-thii gâaw phaaw
Warming it for three minutes is enough.

19- Hour

Thai noun: ชั่วโมง (chùua-moong)

Example:
หนังยาวกี่ชั่วโมง
Nǎng yaao gìi chûua-moong
How long is the movie?

10. Conclusion


There are a lot of Thai nouns you have to remember. Can you remember the new vocabulary from this list of Thai nouns? Don’t worry if you can’t remember them all in one go. It will take time. Just keep practicing!

Also, if you have questions related to Thai verbs, adjectives, or nouns, you can check out other related Thai grammar lessons on ThaiPod101.com. For example, you may find our Top 100 Thai Adjectives (please put the link to Top 100 adjectives, thank you) quite helpful.

Do the nouns in your language differ from Thai nouns? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Once you learn all the basic Thai nouns, don’t forget to check out other lessons at ThaiPod101.com. There are tons of interesting Thai lessons, such as cracking the Thai writing system or learning about Thai society, traditions, and culture!

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Life Event Messages: Learn Happy Birthday in Thai & More!

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People are pretty much the same. We’re born, live our life, and in the end, we die. However, the life events people celebrate and experience around the world are not always the same. This is because each country has its own culture, traditions, and beliefs, which causes people the world over to pay attention to different events in life.

In this lesson, you’ll get to learn about life events in Thai. ThaiPod101.com will teach you about important life events in Thailand, what happens during those events, and what you’re supposed to say (like Happy Birthday in Thai or how to wish a happy new year in Thai). As mentioned earlier, these events are influenced by culture, tradition, and beliefs, so you’ll also get to learn more about Thai people in those respects as well.

There are many important life events in Thailand, and many Thai congratulations and condolences you can offer. And we have good news for you: all of these messages can be used for both speaking and writing!

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Table of Contents

  1. Birthdays in Thailand
  2. Graduation in Thailand
  3. Ordination Ceremony in Thailand
  4. Weddings in Thailand
  5. Pregnancy in Thai
  6. New House
  7. New Business or Business Anniversary
  8. Visiting Injured/Sick People
  9. Funerals in Thai
  10. Holidays in Thailand
  11. Conclusion

1. Birthdays in Thailand

Happy Birthday

It’s natural for people to pay attention to birthdays. After all, it marks the beginning of a person’s life. วันเกิด (wan-gòoet) is “birthday” in Thai. When it comes to birthdays, the questions that may pop into your mind are about how to write “Happy Birthday to you” in Thai or how to sing the Happy Birthday song in Thai. Don’t worry; we’ll get everything covered for you. But before we answer your questions, let’s learn more about this event from a Thai person’s perspective.

Birthdays aren’t considered a very important event in Thailand. Children may get excited for their birthdays, and celebrate with birthday cake and presents from family and friends. When it comes to adults, the level of attention people pay to birthdays in Thailand varies. Some people throw a big party to celebrate a birthday, while others just do merit and go out for a special meal with family, friends, or their lover. Still, some people don’t pay attention to this event at all; it’s just another day for them.

If you live in Thailand or happen to know Thai people and want to wish them a happy birthday in Thai, you should focus on the information below.

1- Happy Birthday in Thai

Thai language: สุขสันต์วันเกิด

Thai pronunciation: sùk-sǎn wan-gòoet

Additional note: This is a very general way to wish someone a happy birthday in Thai, and you can use this in both formal and informal situations. Still, it’s good to know that Thai people often say “Happy Birthday” in English, as well as สุขสันต์วันเกิด (sùk-sǎn wan-gòoet). Now, about the Happy Birthday song in Thai—there is none. Thai people sing the English version.

2- Happy Birthday Wishes in Thai

Thai people often wish for the birthday person to be healthy, wealthy, happy, and to have a good time. Here is a list of formal birthday wishes in Thai you can use.

Wish 1: I wish you to be healthy.

Thai language: ขอให้สุขภาพร่างกายแข็งแรง

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi sùk-khà-phâap-râang-gaai khǎaeng-raaeng

Wish 2: I wish you to be very happy.

Thai language: ขอให้มีความสุขมาก ๆ

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi mii khwaam-sùk mâak-mâak

Wish 3: I wish you to be wealthy.

Thai language: ขอให้ร่ำรวย

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi râm-ruuai

Wish 4: I wish you to have a good year.

Thai language: ขอให้ปีนี้เป็นปีที่ดี

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi bpii-níi bpen bpii thîi dii

3- Happy Birthday Wishes to Elders in Thai

In Thai culture, you can say that you wish something for younger people, but it’s not proper for younger people to do this for elders. This is because, in Thai society, young people are expected to respect people who are older. If you do wish something for an elder, there is a way to say it properly, shown below.

Thai language: ขอให้คุณพระศรีรัตนตรัยบันดาลให้…

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi khun phrá-srǐi-rát-dtà-ná-dtrai ban-daan hâi…

English translation: “May the triple gems wish you…”

Additional note: Since you can’t bless elders directly, you ask a sacred item that Thai people believe blesses them instead. In Thailand, most people are Buddhist, so Thai people often use พระศรีรัตนตรัย (phrá-srǐi-rát-dtà-ná-dtrai), which is “the triple gems.”

Happy Birthday

2. Graduation in Thailand

Basic Questions

พิธีสำเร็จการศึกษา (phí-thii sǎm-rèt gaan-sùek-sǎa), or a “graduation ceremony,” is a big event in Thailand. It’s viewed as the first success in life, as well as a sign that you’ve become an adult; after this, you’re expected to work and take care of yourself. On graduation day, graduated students receive a diploma from the Thai royal family. Family and friends normally come to congratulate graduates with flowers and gifts.

If you happen to have a Thai friend who’s about to graduate, here’s a list of graduation messages in Thai you can use.

1- Happy Graduation in Thai

Thai language: ยินดีด้วยที่เรียนจบ

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii-dûuai thîi riian jòp

Additional note: This is a very typical graduation wish you can use in both formal and informal situations.

2- I would like to congratulate to graduate.

Thai language: ขอแสดงความยินดีกับบัณฑิตใหม่

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw sà-daaeng khwaam-yin-dii gàp ban-dìt mài

Additional note: This is another congratulation in Thai for graduates you can use. This one is more formal than the previous one.

3- Graduation Wishes in Thai

In addition to the two ways of saying congratulations in Thai above, you can also say offer more good wishes to the graduate. These wishes can be used in both formal and informal situations. The basic sentence you should know is ดีใจด้วย ขอให้… (dii-jai-dûuai khǎaw-hâi), which means “I’m so happy for you. I wish (you to be)…”. You can choose one of the wishes listed below to fill the blank.

Wish 1: Be successful in work.

Thai language: ประสบความสำเร็จในการทำงาน

Thai pronunciation: bprà-sòp-khwaam-sǎm-rèt nai gaan-tham-ngaan

Wish 2: Be successful in life.

Thai language: ประสบความสำเร็จในชีวิต

Thai pronunciation: bprà-sòp-khwaam-sǎm-rèt nai chii-wít

Wish 3: A bright and shiny future is waiting for you.

Thai language: มีอนาคตที่สดใสรออยู่

Thai pronunciation: mii a-naa-khót thîi sòt-sǎi raaw yùu

3. Ordination Ceremony in Thailand

งานบวช (ngaan-bùuat) is “ordination ceremony” in Thai. For Buddhist families with son(s), the ordination ceremony is considered a big life event for them. As the head of a family in the future, it’s tradition for males to be ordained for a short period of time to learn the Buddha’s teachings so that he can use them later in life. Family and friends are invited to this ordinations ceremony. ThaiPod101.com will teach you sentences you may hear, and some you can use, to congratulate someone in formal situations.

Ordination Ceremony

1- I’m so happy for you.

Thai language: ขอร่วมอนุโมทนาบุญด้วย

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw rûuam à-nú-moo-thá-naa-bun dûuai

Additional note: This Thai message is quite special. It’s used in Buddhism-related situations only. In an ordination ceremony, Thai people use this phrase to show that they’re happy for what you’re doing (getting ordained to be a monk).

2- I hope you will be able to learn Buddha’s teachings well.

Thai language: ขอให้ศึกษาพระธรรมให้เต็มที่

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi sùek-sǎa phrá-tham hâi dtem-thîi

Additional note: You can use this phrase in addition to saying that you’re happy they’re going to study as a monk.

3- You’re becoming a monk so your parents can go to heaven.

Thai language: บวชให้พ่อแม่ได้เกาะชายผ้าเหลืองขึ้นสวรรค์

Thai pronunciation: bùuat hâi phâaw-mâae dâi gàw chaai-phâa-lǔueang khûen sà-wǎn

Additional note: This isn’t a message you say to the host, but is rather a famous saying related to the ordination ceremony which reflects Thai beliefs regarding this matter. Its literal meaning is “ordain so parents can hold the rim of yellow clothes to heaven.” Here’s an explanation: Thai monks have their own outfit, which is a yellow robe. In the ordination ceremony, a new monk wears the yellow robe for the first time, and parents can hold on to the rim of the yellow outfit to the heaven.

4. Weddings in Thailand

Marriage Proposal

Like the rest of the world, a wedding is an important life event in Thailand. Most people, especially women, want to have a wedding ceremony. Some wedding ceremonies are pretty small, and only family and close friends are invited. Some wedding ceremonies, however, can be very big with up to a thousand guests. Normally, at the reception of the wedding, there’s a book for guests to write their wishes to the bride and groom in. If you’re going to a Thai wedding, here are wedding messages in Thai, and other Thai wedding congratulations, you can use.

1- Congratulations on your wedding.

Thai language: ยินดีกับการแต่งงานด้วย

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii gàp gaan-dtàaeng-ngaan dûuai

Additional note: This is a very general way to congratulate the wedding. You can use this in both formal and informal situations.

2- Wedding Wish from an Elder

In Thai society, when an elder offers good wishes to a younger bride and groom, they often use these wishes.

Wish 1: Wish you to love each other until you are old.

Thai language: ขอให้รักกันจนแก่เฒ่า ถือไม้เท้ายอดทองกระบองยอดเพชร

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi rák-gan jon gàae-thâo thǔue-mái-tháo-yâawt-thaawng-grà-baawng- yâawt-phét

Wish 2: Wish you to be together forever and always forgive each other.

Thai language: ขอให้รักกันนาน ๆ หนักนิดเบาหน่อยก็ให้อภัยกันนะ

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi rák gan naan-naan ngàk-nít-bao-nàauy gâaw hâi à-phai gan ná

Wish 3: Wish you to have a lot of children.

Thai language: ขอให้มีลูกเต็มบ้านมีหลานเต็มเมือง

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi mii lûuk dtem bâan mii-lǎan dtem muueang

3- Wedding Wishes from Friends

Wishes from friends are often more playful and informal. Here are the most popular ones.

Wish 1: I’m so happy that you are already married.

Thai language: ดีใจด้วย ขายออกแล้วนะ

Thai pronunciation: dii-jai dûuai khǎai àawk láaeo ná

Wish 2: I’m so happy for you and wish you eternal love.

Thai language: ดีใจด้วย รักกันนาน ๆ นะ

Thai pronunciation: dii-jai dûuai rák gan naan-naan ná

5. Pregnancy in Thai

Talking about Age

When you learn that your beloved one is pregnant, naturally, you’re happy for them. In some countries, they do baby showers to congratulate them. However, in Thailand, we don’t do that. Once the new mother gives birth, you go and visit them.

Then, a month after the baby is born, you do an event called ทำขวัญเดือน (tham-kwǎn-duuean) or โกนผมไฟ (goon-phǒm-fai). In this event, the family wishes good things for the baby and celebrates that the baby is safe and healthy. It’s the first time that the baby’s hair is cut. However, only family partakes in this event.

As a friend, if you want to congratulate your Thai friend on their pregnancy or childbirth, you can send them these messages.

1- Wish both mother and baby to be healthy.

Thai language: ขอให้แข็งแรงทั้งคุณแม่และลูก

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi khǎaeng-raaeng tháng khun-mâae láe lûuk

Additional note: This is a Thai wish for both the mother and baby, that you say to the mother. It’s quite common and can be used in both formal and informal situations.

2- Be good kids for mom and dad.

Thai language: เป็นเด็กดีของพ่อแม่นะ

Thai pronunciation: bpen dèk dii khǎawng phâaw-mâae ná

Additional note: This is a Thai wish you say to the baby, although the baby may not understand you yet. When Thai people speak this, they normally use a kind tone.

3- Wish your baby to be healthy and grow up to be a good child.

Thai language: ขอให้ลูกสุขภาพแข็งแรงและเป็นเด็กดี

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi lûuk sùk-khà-phâap khǎaeng-raaeng láe bpen dèk dii

Additional note: This is a Thai wish for the baby that you say to the mother. It’s quite common and can be used in both formal and informal situations.

Happy Baby

6. New House

Owning a house or condo in Thailand is viewed as another success. The owner of the house often hosts an event called งานทำบุญขึ้นบ้านใหม่ (ngaan tham-bun-khûen-bâan-mài), which means “merit making for new house,” to celebrate. They may also invite monks to bless the house so that it’s a nice place to live. Family and friends are normally invited to this event.

1- Congratulations on your new house.

Thai language: ยินดีด้วยที่ได้ขึ้นบ้านใหม่

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii dûuai thîi dâi khûen bâan-mài

Additional note: This is a very general way to congratulate the owner of a new house. You can use this in both formal and informal situations.

2- This is a good house, making the occupant rich.

Thai language: บ้านนี้ดี อยู่แล้วรวย

Thai pronunciation: bâan níi dii yùu láaeo ruuai

Additional note: This is one of the wishes Thai people often write down on a card, which they give to the owner of the house.

3- Occupants in this house will be happy and rich.

Thai language: บ้านนี้อยู่แล้ว ร่มเย็นเป็นสุข ร่ำรวย

Thai pronunciation: bâan níi yùu láaeo rôm-yen-bpen-sùk râm-ruuai

Additional note: This is another wish that Thai people often write down on a card, which they give to the owner of the house.

7. New Business or Business Anniversary

When Thai people start a new business or have a business anniversary, they sometimes invite a monk to bless their business. They believe it will bring luck and help make their business successful. Family, friends, and business partners are invited. Here’s a list of best wishes in Thai you can say to congratulate them.

1- General Thai Message on New Business / Business Anniversary

Wish 1: Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!

Thai language: เฮง เฮง เฮง

Thai pronunciation: heng heng heng

Additional note: This is one of the most popular wishes for others when it comes to business. Actually, it comes from Chinese.

Wish 2: Congratulations.

Thai language: ยินดีด้วยนะ

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii dûuai ná

2- Wishes for a New Business

Wish 1: Congratulations on your business, may it go well.

Thai language: ยินดีด้วยกับธุรกิจใหม่ ขอให้กิจการรุ่งเรือง

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii dûuai gàp thú-rá-gìt mài khǎaw hâi gìt-jà-gaan rûng-ruueang

Wish 2: Congratulations on your business, may the sales be very good.

Thai language: ยินดีด้วยกับธุรกิจใหม่ ขอให้ค้าขายรุ่งเรือง

Thai pronunciation: yin-dii dûuai gàp thú-rá-gìt mài khǎaw hâi kháa-khǎai rûng-ruueang

3- Wishing a Happy Business Anniversary

Wish 1: May your business be even more successful.

Thai language: ขอให้ประสบความสำเร็จยิ่ง ๆ ขึ้นไป

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi bprà-sòp-khwaam-sǎm-rèt yîng-yîng-khûen-bpai

Wish 2: May you be richer.

Thai language: ขอให้ร่ำรวยยิ่ง ๆ ขึ้นไป

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi râm-ruuai yîng-yîng-khûen-bpai

8. Visiting Injured/Sick People

Being sick is an inevitable event in life. And when you’re sick or injured, encouragement from family, friends, and people who love you can always make you feel better. Thai people are no different.

When you’re sick, you normally get encouraging messages from those who love you. If you get admitted to the hospital, those who love you often come to visit with some fruit and nourishing food or drinks. If you visit Thai people in the hospital or have a sick friend, the following Thai condolences and encouragement phrases will be useful for you. You can use them in both formal and informal situations.

1- Get well soon.

Thai language: หายป่วยเร็ว ๆ นะ

Thai pronunciation: hǎai bpùuai rew-rew ná

Additional note: This is a general message that Thai people often say or write down on a card for someone who is sick or injured.

2- Get a lot of rest and get well soon.

Thai language: พักผ่อนเยอะ ๆ หายป่วยเร็ว ๆ นะ

Thai pronunciation: phák-phàawn yóe-yóe hǎai bpùuai rew-rew ná

3- Take care of yourself and get well soon.

Thai language: ดูแลตัวเองดี ๆ หายป่วยเร็ว ๆ นะ

Thai pronunciation: duu-laae dtuua-eeng dii-dii hǎai bpùuai rew-rew ná

9. Funerals in Thai

งานศพ (ngaan-sòp), or a “funeral,” is the chance for the living to pay respect to the dead, as well as comfort the family of the deceased. คำอาลัย (kham aa-lai) is the “message to the dead” in Thai. If you go to a funeral in Thailand, here are some funeral messages in Thai, and other condolences in Thai, you should know.

1- May you go to heaven.

Thai language 1: ขอให้ไปสู่สุคติ

Thai pronunciation 1: khǎaw hâi bpai sùu sùk-khà-dtì

Thai language 2: ขอให้ไปที่ชอบ ๆ นะ

Thai pronunciation 2: khǎaw hâi bpai thîi-châawp-thîi-châawp ná

Additional note: This is a message that Thai people often say to the deceased at a funeral. Both sentences have the same meaning. However, the first one is more formal.

2- Message to the death (asking for forgiveness).

It’s impossible for people who know each other to never do, think, or say bad things to each other, regardless of intention. As most Thai people are Buddhist, we believe in a next life. Thus, it’s proper to ask for forgiveness and say that you forgive the deceased as well. So you should know these two sentences.

Message 1: Asking the deceased for forgiveness

Thai language: กรรมใดที่เคยทำไป อโหสิกรรมให้ด้วย

Thai pronunciation: gam-dai thîi khooei tham bpai à-hǒo-sì-gam hâi rao dûuai

Message 2: Forgiving the deceased for bad things he/she did to you

Thai language: ถ้าเคยทำอะไรที่ไม่ดีไว้ เราอโหสิกรรมให้

Thai pronunciation: thâa khooei tham à-rai thîi mâi dii wái rao à-hǒo-sì-gam hâi

3- Condolences in Thai

Message 1: My condolences for your loss. (Formal)

Thai language: ขอแสดงความเสียใจด้วย

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw sà-daaeng kwaam-sǐia-jai dûuai

Message 2: My condolences for your loss. (Informal)

Thai language: เสียใจด้วย

Thai pronunciation: sǐia-jai dûuai

10. Holidays in Thailand

There are a lot of holidays in Thailand. Thai people celebrate many foreign holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Halloween. However, luckily, the holiday greetings in Thai, or holiday messages for foreign holidays, are no different from those used in other countries. Thai people often say those in English, such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Still, ThaiPod101.com thinks you should learn some holiday wishes in Thai. In particular, the New Year holiday in Thailand is quite interesting.

In Thailand, people kind of celebrate the New Year three times a year: New Year’s Day, the Chinese New Year Day, and the Thai New Year Day. So you should learn some of the most common Thai New Year congratulations. The Thai wishes below can be used in both formal and informal situations.

1- Happy New Year Wishes in Thai

Wish 1: Happy New Year

Thai language: สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่

Thai pronunciation: sùk-sǎn wan-bpii-mài

Wish 2: Hello New Year

Thai language: สวัสดีปีใหม่

Thai pronunciation: sà-wàt-dii bpii-mài

Wish 3: May this year be full of happiness and prosperity.

Thai language: ขอให้มีแต่ความสุขความเจริญ

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi mii dtàae khwaam-sùk khwaam-jà-rooen

Wish 4: May this be a good year.

Thai language: ขอให้ปีนี้เป็นปีที่ดี

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi bpii-níi bpen bpii thîi dii

2- Happy Chinese New Year Wishes in Thai

Wish 1: In this new year, may all your wishes come true. I wish you to be happy and rich all year.

Thai language: ซิงเจียยู่อี๋ ซิงนี้ฮวดใช้

Thai pronunciation: sin-jiia-yûu-ìi sin-níi-hûuat-chái

Additional note: This wish is Chinese. Despite saying this on the Chinese New Year, Thai people don’t really know what it means. They just know that they’re supposed to say this on that day.

Wish 2: Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!

Thai language: เฮง เฮง เฮง

Thai pronunciation: heng heng heng

Additional note: You may recognize this wish because it’s also used to wish a new business well, or to congratulate a business anniversary. It can also be used as a wish for the Chinese New Year as well.

3- Happy Thai New Year Wishes in Thai

Wish 1: Happy Songkran Day

Thai language: สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์

Thai pronunciation: sùk-sǎn wan sǒng-graan

Wish 2: Hello Thai New Year

Thai language: สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย

Thai pronunciation: sà-wàt-dii bpii-mài-thai

Wish 3: May this year be full of happiness.

Thai language: ขอให้มีแต่ความสุข

Thai pronunciation: khǎaw hâi mii dtàae khwaam-sùk

Songkran Holiday

11. Conclusion

Congratulations for reaching the conclusion. We hope you can use all these wishes and messages for life events in real situations. Are they different from yours? Does your country have the same life events? Leave a comment below to let us know.

And as always, don’t forget to visit ThaiPod101.com to learn interesting and fun Thai lessons. As we’ve just talked about holidays, you can learn more about national Thai holidays or the Songkran holiday in Thailand. Know that your hard work will pay off, and with the help of ThaiPod101, you’ll be speaking like a native in no time!

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