Pattaya Prep: Learn Basic Thai Words

Our first trip to Thailand was a disaster.  First of all, booked us on the wrong flight (minor oversight.. no big deal).. I also had very little money.  We also did not no where to go until we got there.  We still had a good time but next time we will do things waaaaay better by planning ahead.  I will learn some of the language, list all the places and things I want to do, and save money to go.

This series (Pattaya Prep) is a breakdown of all the things I am doing to prepare for my trip to Thailand with 6 months.  Its a walk through with resources and guidance on preparing for the culture, language, location and shock of the wild life style of Pattaya, Thailand.

 

Similar to Japan, being polite is very important to Thai culture.  You will notice people bowing and helping you out everywhere you go.  Its really one of my favorite things about these remarkable people and their beautiful culture.  Even more impressive is how much more polite and open people are when you show interest in their culture and try to speak the language.

Basic Thai Words

sa wa dee khrap – hello (male)

sa wa dee kha – hello (female)

sa baai dee mai – How are you?

sa baai dee – I am fine

khap khun khup – thanks (male)

khap khun kha – thanks (female)

khap thot khrap – sorry (female)

khap thot khrap – sorry (female)

chai – yes

mai chai – no

a run sa wat – good morning

sa wat dee tawn thiang – good noon

sa wat dee tawn yen – good evening

raa trii sa wat –  good night

chuay nawy daai mai – can you help me?

mai pen rai – no problem

chan chue <name> – my name is ___

khun chue a-rai – what is your name?

yin dee thee daai ru jak – nice to meet you

 

I am taking my first week to memorize and practice these words.

 

More references:

http://www.thai-language.com/id/200149

 

Cheap Bangkok

cheap bangkok

courtesy of aectravel.info

Cheap Bangkok

We were in Bangkok with only 12,000 Baht (400 USD) for 4 days.  We got off the plane in a panic wondering what we could do and where we could stay for 4 night.  I guess its obvious.. but its best to plan BEFORE you go to a country not in the airport after arrival.

But what if you find yourself in Bangkok with only 400USD and must live there 4 days?

You can totally do it and pretty comfortably.  You can actually do it MUCH cheaper.

In fact, backpackers do it on much less that 100USD/day all the time.  They live in a cheap Hostel or rent a cheap room from an inviting thai citizen, they catch the train or walk to get around and eat very cheap.  So yes, in Thailand travel from all over the world with limited resources are there in Bangkok “living the dream”.

We lived comfortable in Bangkok you can do a lot with 12,000 Baht in a four days.  Hotels, travel & food are all cheap.  If you want extras (sex, clubs, massage, luxury Airconditioned travel) it might break your 12,000 Baht budget.

where to stay
The best way to find places to stay is the Internet.  I recommend www.agoda.com and tripadvisor.  But some of the very small places we found actually were very difficult to find the Internet because they won’t be listed the first few pages of large search engines, they will not have they’re own webpage and sometimes not even have any reviews.

What we noticed is that in certain parts of the city it’s cheaper.  Silom & Patpong, Sathon and other places away from more popular tourist areas, for example,
have places at “thai prices” as low as 700 baht per night (with no breakfast little or NO Internet.. but that is with most places).

Soi Cowboy                                                 coutesy of stickmanbangkok.com

“Soi Cowboy” in the Sukhumvit road seemed to have many of the High Classes places and many, many westerners.

Examples of Cheap Hotels (700-1700 baht/night):
-Niagara Inn (900 Baht)
-Silom Village Inn (1050 Baht w/wifi access)
-Sawasdee Bangkok Inn
-Sathorn INN http://sathorninn.com/

Quick Cheap TiPs!!
– Find hotels near the skytrain (the cheapest way to travel around the Bangkok)
– Look for places that give free breakfast to save on the most important meal of the day
– Look for FREE Internet (just because they mention wifi it does not mean its free)
– Booking online is sometimes cheaper (Agoda.com)

– Have a thai friend that can get the “thai prices” everywhere you go
– You maybe able to find low prices around Chualalongkorn University

*Are you Muslim?
Welcome to Soi Phiphat 2 & Liap Khlong Chong Nonsi Road in Bangkok!  Here you will find Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabian Embassy’s Near Residence & Trinity Hotel.
With the wild reputation that Bangkok is sometimes accused of having we were surprised to see such a large variety of Muslim’s.

How to Travel in Bangkok (cheap)?
The best and cheapest way to travel is the train.  The Suvarnabhumi Airport City Line (SARL) will take you to the Skytrain and the Skytrain can take you to MRT.  If you take a taxi from the airport you will end up spending anywhere from 400 baht to 1000+.  This is not what Thai’s are charged.

Watchout for petty cabs (tuktuk) they are pretty cheap within the city, but if you are a westerner they might try to up the cost x4 (which is still not much).  If you are not not going far and they are charging 100 baht or more just lower the price or ask another.  They will negotiate but don’t get too stingy, they are trying to make a living.

Tuktuk fees for a short ride – 10 baht

tuktuk fare for temples around bangkok is 50 baht to 100 baht

REAL Thailand verus $$ Thailand

cheap bangkokAt the temple of the Black Buddha, we met a Thai gentleman.  He told us DO NOT got the Pattaya and DO NOT waste money Bangkok.  He high recommended Ayutthaya to really see the Thai people and Thai culture.  He said Pattaya is dirty and Bangkok is only good for shopping.

Since we were in the temple I didn’t tell him I was looking for filthy and dirty and sex.  Instead I listened to a very enlightening lesson about Buddhism, and Thai culture.  Its was the highlight of my trip.  Many thai people were very helpful with directions, with recommendations on things to do, places to eat and helping to speak the language.  When you hang out in the very touristY spots, you will find a lot of local abusive with the price gouging, exhausted and bored with the constant influx of foreigners and some rude people (service is not that good in thailand).  In Ayutthaya, Thailand its different but you must come to your own conclusions.

 

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