"GREETINGS" Thai Language Tip by LysDor

Thai Language, Bangkok: 24 reviews and 21 photos


When you meet Thai people don't be surprised if they 'WAI' to you! It's a traditional greeting manner done by putting two palm together at about the chest and bow the head with it. In addition, they say 'sawaddee krub' if you're a male and 'sawaddee ka' if you're a female. Both words mean 'hello'.


- 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.

- When visiting a temple or palace, dress propely

- Don't pat people on the head since Thai people regard the head as the highest, the holiest part in the body.

- Don't point your feet to another people since Thai people regard the feet as the lowest part in the body.

- Be patient with Thai people who do not speak English.

- Don't mock Thai customs and habits even though they may seem strange to you.

- Don't attempt to touch monks, especially if you are a female.


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.

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  • Updated May 26, 2004
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