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Most Handy Thai Phases

How about some handy Thai phases, just a few that will definitely charm the Thais? They are definitely making your short visits easier.


Sa Wat Dee

is used for hello and goodbye.

Khob Khun

is thank you. It is useful for any place, any time.

Gee Baht?

is handy when you shop. It means how much an item costs. This and with a sign language by pointing at what you want will make your shopping experience even more fun.

Lot Noi Dai Mai

can you make it cheaper? usually follows if you do a lot of shopping. By speaking Thai, you might get a better discount.

Yoo Ti Nai?

which means where is…. is very useful for asking directions. Just point to your photo or your map and say where is ….?

Hong Naam

literary means “room water,” the phase is quite useful in a restaurant or after a big meal. Paired it with Phase No. 5 as “Hong Naam Yoo Ti Nai?,” which means “where is the toilet?” and, voila, you will definitely find a place you really want to go at that moment.

Khor Toat

or sorry may be handy if you step on someone’s toe.

Mai Ow

means I don’t want... You may need this when vendors approach you as some are quite persistent.


or delicious will mostly make your Thai hosts smile. Say this after experiencing a delicious Thai dish. Who knows you can be served a little more?

Mai Khao Jai

I don’t understand. This phase is handy when you signal that you may need more explanation or someone who can speak your language.

Thaay Ruup Dai Mai?

Can I take your photo? As a film crew, you may find this phase useful especially if you feel you need to ask for permission to take a photo.



Most Famous Thai Dishes

Thai food is famous around the world. A few years ago, the Thai government by the Office of the National Culture conducted a survey of Thai restaurants all over the world to find out the most favorite Thai dishes of foreigners. Here are the top five most popular Thai dishes from the survey. You may order it next time you pop up in one of the Thai authentic restaurants.
- Tom Yam Kung - a spicy hot and sour shrimp soup
- Kaeng Khiao Wan Kai - a hot green chicken curry
- Phat Thai - the best known fried noodles of Thai style
- Phat Kaphrao - meat fried with sweet basils
- Kaeng Phet Pet Yang - roast duck curry

Where to go in Thailand

The following are only a few highlights of popular attractions in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand. Find more information of Thailand’s sights and scenes in www.tourismthailand.org

Bustling Bangkok

Most of Bangkok's sights are concentrated in the Old City. Called Rattanakosin Island, the Old City stands Bangkok’s most popular attraction, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Thailand. Standing next door to the large palace ground is Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, a home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha image and a famous Thai massage school where you can pop in and take a relaxed break. Thailand, after all, is a health and wellness destination of several world-class spas, which among a few includes Chivasom.
A great way to explore the old city of Bangkok is to take a canal tour or a ferry taxi along Chao Phraya River. Not only will you pass points of interest along the river, you may still glimpse someone else’s backyard or see closed up how Thai people once lived along the canal. A trip to floating markets around Bangkok will reveal a lively and bustling scene of people in small rowing boats selling and buying all kinds of goods ranging from food, fruits and vegetables to even charcoal.
Bangkok is a heaven for shoppers. While the well-to-do will love air-conditioned megamalls along Ratchaprasong area such as Siam Paragon and Central World, teens will be amazed by the latest fashions and gadgets of Siam Square, Siam Center and MBK. For outdoorsy, in-the-sun cheap but chic shopping, head to Chatuchak, one of the world’s largest Sunday markets for fun and perhaps the most sweating shopping experience of your life.

Old Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

A short and nice escape from the sweltering heat of Bangkok to Ayutthaya, a city to which Bangkok was replicated, will bring you to an old capital of Bangkok more than 400 years ago. Experience the gracious ruins of the royal palace and picturesque temples in an old city listed by UNESCO as the World Heritage Sight. If you are more for cultural sights, the ruins of the historic city of Si Satchanalai and Sukhothai are even more tempting. Experience the once flourishing Siamese civilization of Sukhothai, the first Thai empire; and Si Satchanalai, a home of the Celadon kiln site and ruins of 19 monuments behind the city wall.

Adventurous Kanchanaburi

Nature lovers may head for Kanchanaburi, the home of the Bridge of the River Kwai, which is part of the Death Railway built by allied prison-of-war labor linking Thailand and Burma during the Second World War. Kanchanaburi also stands Erawan Waterfall, one of Asia’s most beautiful waterfalls in the rough jungles of the national park of the same name.

Sandy Beaches of the East and the South

Head for the East and the South of Thailand if you love white sandy beaches and warm sun. While the East offers the thriving Pattaya famous for its night life or the more secluded tropical island of Koh Samed an extra hour away, the South invites you to the warm indigo waters of Phuket’s Andaman Sea as well as Samui and PP Island’s Gulf of Thailand. More time can take you to the Tarutao National Park in Satun further down the south. The first marine national park and an archipelago of 51 islands, Tarutao is a home of beaches, waterfalls, caves and rocks, where you may sometimes find yourself alone.

Intriguing Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son

For cultural buffs, go to Chiang Mai, the Rose of the North as called by the local. The city of 700 years of history, Chiang Mai is blessed with pristine nature and intriguing indigenous identity. Sitting at the altitude of 310 meters above the sea, the city is dotted with mountains inhabited by hill tribes of Karen, Hmong, Lisu and Akha and their wealth of unique identity. You have not gone to Chiang Mai if you have not visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous and important landmark of Chiang Mai with a pagoda on top of the temple that houses Buddhist relics.
The City of Three Mists, Mae Hong Son gets its name from being enclosed in lofty mountain ranges that cover the place with mists all year long. Thirty minutes by plane or about 250 kilometers along a scene route drive from Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son is endowed by natural wonders of gorges, caves and waterfalls for adventurers. The sleepy small town of Pai has phenomenally grown to be one of the most bustling tourist destinations among Thais and foreigners in recent days.

Fascinating Isan

Isan, the northeast region of Thailand, is made up of 17 provinces, and its culture is predominantly Lao as seen in the region’s cuisine, dress, temples and arts. Nong Khai is perhaps the most famous province as it is where the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge stands and a gateway to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia across the Mekong River. Once a center of an ancient civilization that can be dated back to pre-historic times of the ancient Khom, Isan is a home to relics and monuments of the past splendor. Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom,the Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung in Buriram and the Prasat Hin Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima are some of the most important and interesting structures in the area. The region also boasts Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, where flora and fauna are abound; Phu Wiang National Park in Khon Kaen, which was once a home of dinosaurs, and Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei, an enormous plateau about 1,300 meters above sea level offering waterfalls, cliffs, beautiful pines, and wide varieties of wildlife.

Where to stay in Thailand

Hotel rooms? You name it. Thailand has them all. There are endless choices out there, depending on your need, taste and desire. Accommodation can range from ultra-chic and ultra-luxurious hotels to clean, airy and friendly homestay.

Luxury Hotels

Luxury hotels in Thailand are the most unique, elegant and exclusive accommodation. They are renowned for offering the most luxurious, the most modern amenities and the most professional service one can find.

Boutique Hotels

Thailand’s boutique hotels caters their services to visitors looking for chic and unique designs and decorations. They often come with personalized services and modern facilities that are the signature of Thai hospitality.


Medium-range hotels in general offer basic facilities with an average prices list, which can be varied depending on regions and seasons. Their prices are reasonable comparing to their services.


Usually cheaper than hotel, guesthouses give you comfortable rooms with basic facilities.

Home Stay

For those preferring eco-tourism, why not try a homestay to get a glimpse of how local Thais live.