Thai Language, Bangkok
In cultural, Thailand as a division of Asian countries has the tradition which is similar with my country too. Always smile, polite in answering or asking and talking in friendly actentuation. For the best result, say "sawasdee" to say 'hi' for them or in the beginning of conversation. Then always say "kop koon ka" (thanks) after asking or someone's giving service (in a hotel, restaurant or taxi). Meanwhile "mai pen rai" means it's okay.
For Thailanese, touch the head is not polite. And if you're going to the temples, please using proper clothes.
After the Chinese and Japanese alphabet, probably one of the most difficult to read alphabet around might be the Thai alphabet. Looks like lljjijllfjif (or f without -) or any variation on number or combination of characters.
For my sake, it looks like most word look the same except for length. It makes it very difficult to find a city on a map, follow directions on road signs, although numbers are the same (at least).
Thai is the national language as well as the most spoken language of Thailand.
It is wise to learn to speak a few Thai words and phrases, if you want to survive in Bangkok.
Religion, especially Buddhism, has a great impact on Thai people, not only the life style,
the culture, and the tradition; but also the way of thinking, the beliefs, the discrimination,
and the attitude toward the world.You may need to have some basic understanding
and knowledge of Buddhism in order to understand every aspect of Thailand.
Learn a few words of Thai if only "hello" and "thank you".
Thais appreciate it very much.
Be polite and respectful toward older people.
Sample the local food and try out some of Thailand's exotic fruits.
But not the food on the street since the food may be contaminated
and will give you a sickness.
Try and learn a little about local customs and culture.
Take off your shoes when entering a Thai home.
Smile a lot. When visiting a temple or palace, dress properly.
Don't attempt to touch monks, especially if you are a female.
Learn some Thai! I WISH I knew more than this: Sawadee Kha (hello, said by a woman) and Kop Khun Kha (thank you, again said by a woman). Kha is the ending when a woman speaks. Must try and learn something more than two words next time :'>
Thai people are pleased if you make an effort to speak any of their language, so please try. Tipping is expected at 'western' hotels and by cab drivers, but not elsewhere. They are very gracious people, generally speaking
IMPORTANT THAI PHRASES/ BASIC WORDS:
It's important to learn a few basic words of Thai before your trip. Firstly, you'd impress the people of this lovely country tremendously and secondly, it makes you find your way around Thailand and for this matter, Phuket so much easier!
Thank you very much
korp kun mark
That's allright/You're welcome
mai pehn rai
sa wat dee
rar tree sa wat
sa wat dee
See you later
laiw jer gan
sa wat dee
How do you do? Pleased to meet you
yin dee tee roo jak
How are you?
pehn yang ngai
Very well, thanks.
sa bai dee korp kun, laiw
I beg your pardon?
Do you speak English?
kun poot par sar ang grit dai mai
Isn't it so easy to memorize the above phrases? :-D
Photo Below: That's me and VT member 'Kallista' in AYUTHAYA, the ancient city of Siam.
It's always good to know some words in language which they speak in the country you are going too... so if you are going to Thailand, try to learn some of them:
SAWADDI - good morning;
SAWADDI KRAP - good bye (men);
SAWADDI KHA - good bye (women);
CHAI - yes;
MAI - no;
KHOPKUN - thank you;
KHO THOT - sorry;
KARUNA /PROT - please;
DEE - good /ok;
CHAN MAI KAO CHAI - i don't understand;
KHUNG TONG KAN TAO RAI? - how much does it cost?;
numbers 1-10: NEUNG, SORNG, SARM, SEE, HAR, HOK, CHET, PAET, KAO, SIP;
BIA - beer;
CHA YEN MANAO - ice tee with limon;
KAFAE DAM - black coffee;
NAAM YEN - water with ice;
KAI - chicken;
PLAH - fish;
KHAI - egg;
KHAO - rice.
This is how...It is pronounced the same! So if want a Pepsi just say Pep See! Coke is also just Coke but of course the script is different.