Some Useful Thai words

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Tips & Facts

The following Thai vocabularies are those relating to traveling, places, tourist sites, vehicles which are greatly useful for tourists. When you see these words before the name of a tourist site you can tell right away what kind of place it is, an island, a mountain or a village.


Thai Word Meaning
Soi  Alley
Amphor  District
Bang  City. Always used before a district’s name



Usually means house. But if used before the name of a tourist place it usually means village or district.

Marine Tourist Destinations

Thai Word Meaning                           
Hat Beach
 Koh Island
Moo Koh Group of Island
Laem Cape
Ao Bay
Khlong Cannel

Temples and Palaces

Thai Word   Meaning
Wat                                 Temple

Prang or 
“Phra Prang”      

High pointed building
Phra That    Cremated bone of Buddha. Temples whose names comprise of the word “Phra That” are temples where some part of Buddha’s bone is housed and they are important temples.
Chedi Pagoda or a high pointed dome used to house holy objects such as “Phra That”


“Doi”, “Phu”, and “Khao” all mean mountain. Doi is usually used for mountains in the north, Phu in the northeast and Khao in the middle and the south. Sometimes two mountains have the same name but different prefixes. For example, Phu Luang is a mountain in the northeast while Khao Luang is another mountain in the south.

Getting Around Thailand

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Air Travel

At present, Thailand has a total of 28 commercial airports , 7 of which are international and 21 are domestic.

Serveral airlines operate out of both the Suwanaphum International Airport and the  Don Muang International Airport  and offer daily flights to most cities in Thailand as well as many destinations across the world. Airport departure taxes are required at both domestic and international departures.

Domestic flights are offered by:

- Thai Airways International
Tel: (662) 356-1111

- Bangkok Airways Tel
Tel: (662) 229-3434

Nok Air
Tel: (662) 900-9955

- Orient Thai Airlines
Tel: (662) 229-4260

 – PB Air
Tel: (662) 261-0220-5

- Phuket Airlines  
Tel: (662) 261-0220-5

SGA Airlines
Tel: (662) 664-6099

- Sky Star Airways
Tel: (662) 937-5353

Thai Air Asia
Tel: (662) 515-9999

Thai Sky Airlines
Tel: (662) 694-1400-7


Buses are an economical and easy way to travel in Thailand.They leave Bangkok every day for all corners of the country from one of four terminals, depending on the direction of the destination.
Air-conditioned buses service many provincial areas and bookings for both regular and tour coaches can be made through major hotels and travel agents, or at the following bus terminals:

- North and Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mor Chid 2)
Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok Tel: (662) 936-3660, 936-366 (Northern) Tel: (662) 936-0667 (Northeastern)

- Eastern Bus Terminal (Eak ka Mai)
Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok. Tel: (662) 391-2504

- Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
Boromratchchonnani Rd, Bangkok Tel: (662) 435-1200, 434-7192

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The train network in Thailand is efficient,economical and comfortable on long-hual journies.Rail connections link northern and northeastern towns with Bangkok (terminus is Hualamphong Station). Regular western and southern routes out of Bangkok (Thon Buri) Station enable travel by train to Kanchanaburi province and to southern Thailand.
On express trains, sleepers are available in three classes: first and second class (air-conditioned), and third class (non air-conditioned, but with fans).

Advance tickets are available at all principal stations or the Bangkok Advance Booking Office. Tel.(662) 225-0300 ext 5200-3.

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Rental Car

If you want to save money on transportation and drive to your cheap hotel in Bangkok, there are many car hire firms in Thailand, including international rental companies such as Hertz and Avis. The road system is good and well sign – posted. An international driving license is required.
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Customs Regulations

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- Prohibited items
All kinds of narcotics (hemp, opium,cocaine, morphine, heroin), obscene literature, pictures or articles. Firearms: Importation of firearms and ammunition can be done only after a permit has been obtained from the Police Department of the Local Registration Office.

- Personal effects
A reasonable amount of clothing for personal use, toilet articles, and professional instruments may be brought in free of duty.

- Household effects
A reasonable amount of used household effects, accompanied by the owner on change of domicile are also free of duty.

- Cameras
One still-camera or one movie camera can be brought in without duty. Five rolls of still-camera film or three rolls of 8 or 16 mm movie-camera film may be brought in free of duty.

- Tobacco, alcoholic beverages
Cigarettes,cigars,or smoking tobacco each or in total must not exceed 250 grams in weight. Cigarettes not exceeding 200 in quantity. One litre each of wine or spirits may be brought in free of duty.

- Plants and animals
Certain species of fruits, vegetables and plants are prohibited. Please contact the Agricultural Regulatory Division, Bangkhen, Bangkok, Tel : 5791581, 5793576. permission of entry for animals coming in by air can be obtained at the airport. If entering by sea, the application must be made at the Department of Livestock Development, Bangkok, Tel: 251-5136, 252-6944. Vaccination certificates are required.


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Visitors to Thailand who hold valid passports or travelling documents issued by any country included in an officially issued list of eligible countries are permitted one-month visa-free visits. This means that you can book your hotel in Bangkok for a few weeks without running into complications. If planning a longer stay, a Tourist Visa valid for 60 days must be obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. Visa extensions can be applied for at the Immigration Department in Bangkok.

List of eligible countries

Argentina, *Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Mexico, *Peru, U.S.A.

Bahrain, Brunei, Hong Kong,Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, *Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Western Samoa.

Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen.

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovene, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K.

* Persons meeting the above conditions are exempted from a visa and are permitted to remain in the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 30 days, except for the nationals of the Republic of Korea, Brazil, and Peru who are permitted to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 90 days from the day of entry.

General Info

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- Weather
Temperatures in Thailand vary little outside 25-35 degrees Celsius;however,temperatures in the northern provinces can drop much lower during the cool season. The three seasons are: cool season(November to February),hot season (March to June) and rainy season (July to October).
Best Time to Visit Thaialnd

- What To Wear
Light, loose cotton clothing is best. Nylon should be avoided. Sweaters are needed during the cool season evenings or if visiting mountainous areas or national parks. Jackets and ties are required in a few restaurants and nightclubs. Neat clothes are required for entering temples or palaces.

- Currency
The Thai unit of currency is the baht, which is worth a little less than 3 US cents. One US dollar = approximately 40 baht. There are 100 satangs in 1 baht. (B=baht) Notes are issued in denominations of 1000 (gray), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 50 (blue), 20 (green), and 10 (brown). There are five coins: 10, 5 and 1 baht coin, and 50 and 25 satang.

Most foreign currencies and traveller cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels or moneychangers. All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the kingdom.
Traveller Cheques & Credit Cards

- Business Hours
Most commercial concerns operate a five-day week.Government offices are generally open between 8:30am and 4:30pm with a noon to 1:00pm lunch break. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Many stores open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

- Local Time GMT + 7 hours.

- Electricity
The electric system is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles). There are many plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.

- Telecommunications
The country code for Thailand is +66

- Emergencies
The Tourist Police is a unit of English-speaking policemen set up to protect and assist visitors to Thailand. There are branches in Bangkok,Pattaya,Chiang Mai,Hat Yai,Phuket, Kanchanaburi,Koh Samui. Hot Line:1155

There are two types of hospital in Thailand for medical emergencies:government public hospitals and private hospitals. Most major provincial cities have international standard private hospitals.