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  • Thailand Tourist Information
  • Thailand Tourist Information

    Thailand…

    One of the world\'s most exotic locations

    Over the last couple of decades Thailand has become one of the most loved travel destinations in the world. Each year many thousands of people visit Muang Thai (as it is known locally) for a travel experience they do not easily forget. Why though is Thailand such a popular destination? Why do visitors love this country so much? Perhaps the main reason for Thailand\'s popularity is its diversity - it doesn\'t matter which aspect of Thailand you consider, you are confronted by extremes wherever you look. Although there\'s no snow (unless of course you count artificial snow!), Thailand has many types of landscape on offer. The mountainous regions of the north with its valleys filled with swirling fogs and mists create a stark contrast to the plains of central and northeastern Thailand. Eastern Thailand\'s plains and hills offer fertile land ripe for jungle and agriculture, and as with southern Thailand, offers some of the most attractive beaches and islands on the planet. Of course, all this nature is set against Thailand\'s metropolitan areas; Thailand is home to some major cities, Bangkok, the country\'s capital, certainly the largest and the most formidable.

    Culturally, Thailand is equally diverse as its geography. Unlike other countries in the region, Thailand has never been colonized and its history and culture have remained intact to develop a natural course. A predominantly Buddhist country, Thailand is a place of ritual and practice that are unfamiliar to most visitors and enhance the country\'s exotic appeal. Influences throughout the country (Chinese influence in the north; Islamic influence in the south, etc.) add further to the intrigue Thailand generates. Many parts of country are home to hill tribes and traditional peoples whose traditional ways of life remain untouched and present a fascinating insight into the development of this country.

    Of course, Thailand\'s nightlife is legendary and a major attraction for visitors. The risqu? nightlife (go-go bars, etc.) on offer about the country has its place, but doesn\'t constitute even a fraction of what\'s on offer. Cabaret Shows and entertainment areas abound, even in the country\'s less touristy areas. Of course, Thailand\'s restaurants and bars help complete an irresistible package with some of the best cuisine and entertainment available.

    Another reason for Thailand\'s popularity as a travel destination is likely its accessibility. Although steeped in tradition, history and culture, Thailand\'s infrastructure is one of the most modern in the region. Transport, banking, and telecommunications are all world class and help make even Thailand\'s remotest of regions convenient and easy places to visit. This accessibility helps Thailand draw a very diverse group of visitors to Thailand - budget travelers, business people, people taking training courses… they are all here in their masses!

    By far one of the key reasons Thailand is such an attraction to visitors is the Thai people themselves. Thai people are blessed with a character and temperament that are often the exact opposite of those found in the \'west\'. You see little in the way of confrontation between people here; the famous Thai smile replaces the temper and aggression that might be shown elsewhere. Despite the furry of modern life, Thais remain placid and calm amongst the turmoil creating a tranquility many visitors find infectious and an important part of their Thailand experience.

    Thai Language

    Most of Thai people that you meet will be able to speak at least a little English. However they will be happy if you make an effort to talk to them in their own tongue.

    This can be tricky: Thai has sounds you probably haven’t heard before and is a tonal language so the same sound can mean different things. For example Mai mai mai mai mai, said with the correct tones, means “The new wood doesn’t burn does it?”. But don’t be put off, a few basic Thai words and phrases can get you a long way. Below are a few of these basics.

    To be polite men say Krap and women say Ka at the end of any sentence.

    Example Thai Language

    English                                                                                                                                 Thai

    Yes                                                                                                                                         Shai

    No                                                                                                                                          Mai

    Thai doesn’t have literal words for yes or no but you’ll be understood if you use the words

    Hello                                                                                                                                      Sawat Di Krap/Ka

    Goodbye                                                                                                                             Lar Gorn

    Thank You                                                                                                                           Korp Kun Krap/Ka

    One                                                                                                                                       Neung

    Two                                                                                                                                       Sawng

    Three                                                                                                                                    Sam

    Four                                                                                                                                       See

    Five                                                                                                                                        Har

    Six                                                                                                                                          Hok

    Seven                                                                                                                                   Jet

    Eight                                                                                                                                      Bpet

    Nine                                                                                                                                      Gao

    Ten                                                                                                                                        Sip

    Twenty                                                                                                                                 Yee Sip

    Thirty                                                                                                                                    Sam Sip

    One Hundred                                                                                                                    Neung Roy

    One Thousand                                                                                                                  Neung Pan

    How Much?                                                                                                                        Tao Rai

    Expansive                                                                                                                            Paeng

    Cheap                                                                                                                                   Took

    Attractive/Beautiful                                                                                                        Sa-Why

    Handsome                                                                                                                          Lor

    Hungry                                                                                                                                 Hue

    Thirsty                                                                                                                                  Hue Narm

    Food                                                                                                                                      Aharn

    Eat                                                                                                                                          Gin (Khao)

    Rice                                                                                                                                        Khao

    Delicious                                                                                                                              Arroy

    Most Thai use the letter L instead of R so arroy above becomes alloy in speech.

    Hot (Heat)                                                                                                                           Rawn

    Hot (Spicy Food)                                                                                                               Pet

    Police                                                                                                                                    Tumruat

    Hospital                                                                                                                                Long Payar Barn

    This                                                                                                                                        Nee

    Day                                                                                                                                        Wan

    Today                                                                                                                                    Wan Nee

    Tomorrow                                                                                                                           Ploong Nee

    Yesterday                                                                                                                            Mer Wan

    Second                                                                                                                                 Wee Natee

    Minute                                                                                                                                 Natee

    Hour                                                                                                                                      Chuamong

    Fun                                                                                                                                        Sanuk

    Swim                                                                                                                                     Wai Nam

    Walk                                                                                                                                      Dern

    Good/Bad                                                                                                                           Dee/Mai Dee

    Big/Small                                                                                                                             Yai/Lek

    Come/Go                                                                                                                            Mar/Bai

    Where are you going?                                                                                                   Bai Nai?

    What?                                                                                                                                   A Rai?

    Where?                                                                                                                                                Tee Nai?

    When?                                                                                                                                 Meu Rai?

    How?                                                                                                                                    Yanglai?

    Why?                                                                                                                                    Tammai?

    Can you help me?                                                                                                            Chuay Dai Mai?

    Here                                                                                                                                      Tee Nee

    There                                                                                                                                    Tee Noon

    Bicycle                                                                                                                                  Jakrayan

    Motorbike                                                                                                                          Motorsai

    Taxi                                                                                                                                        Taxi

    Car                                                                                                                                         Rot

    Bus                                                                                                                                         Rot Meh

    Train                                                                                                                                      Rot Fei

    Aeroplane                                                                                                                           Krung Bin

    Airport                                                                                                                                  Sanarm Bin

    Bangkok                                                                                                                               Krung Tep

    Hotel                                                                                                                                     Rong Ream

    Restaurant                                                                                                                          Ran Ahran

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