Essential Thai Phrases for Eating in Bangkok

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Published: September 1, 2019
Street food in Bangkok - photo by Chris Wotton

This guide follow on from our guide to Essential Thai Phrases

Let’s face it – if you’re not eating your own weight in delicious Thai food in Bangkok, you’re not doing it right. But while you’ll likely have no problem sampling all of the Thai capital’s deliciousness by speaking English at chain restaurants, high-end fine-dining restaurants, food courts, and even street food stalls in heavily touristed parts of Bangkok, if you really want to get off the beaten track and try some of the city’s genuinely most awesome Thai street food, you’re going to need at least a little bit of Thai language behind you.

Street food in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Expique

Fortunate, then, that we’ve put together this handy list of the 22 most essential food- and eating-related Thai phrases to arm yourself with before you embark on a trip to Bangkok, so that when you arrive in Thailand’s capital you can hit the ground running and be eating delicious Thai food right away. Don’t forget to add the correct politeness particle – ‘ka’ if you’re a woman, or ‘krub’ if you’re a man – to the end of each phrase or sentence; this usually replaces the need for the word ‘please’.

What is this?

Nee keu arai ka/krub

นี่คืออะไร ค่ะ/ครับ

What do you have [to eat]?

มีอะไรบาง ค่ะ/ครับ

Mii arai bang ka/krub

How much is it?

เท่าไหร่ ค่ะ/ครับ

Tao rai ka/krub

Is it spicy?

มันเผ็ดไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Man pet mai ka/krub

I’ll take [X], please.

เอา [X] ค่ะ/ครับ

Ao [X] ka/krub

Can I have [X], please.

ขอ [X] ค่ะ/ครับ

Kor [X] ka/krub

To eat here, please.

ทานนี่ ค่ะ/ครับ

Tahn-nee ka/krub

To take away, please.

รับกลับ ค่ะ/ครับ

Lub ghubp ka/krub

Spicy/not spicy, please.

เผ็ด/ไม่เผ็ด ค่ะ/ครับ

Pet/mai pet ka/krub

Is it vegetarian/vegan?

มันเป็น มังสวิรัติ/เจ ไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Man bpen mang-sao-wi-rat/jay mai ka/krub

Do you have anything vegetarian/vegan?

มีอะไร มังสวิรัติ/เจ ไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Mii arai mang-sao-wi-rat/jay mai ka/krub

Can I have it vegetarian/vegan, please?

ขอเป็น มังสวิรัติ/เจ ได้ไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Kor bpen mang-sao-wi-rat/jay dai mai ka/krub

It’s delicious.

อร่อย ค่ะ/ครับ

Aroy ka/krub

It doesn’t taste good.

ไม่อร่อย ค่ะ/ครับ

Mai aroy ka/krub

It’s too spicy.

มันเผ็ดเกินไป ค่ะ/ครับ

Man pet gern bai ka/krub

Can I have a spoon and fork, please?

ขอช้อนและส้อมน้อย ค่ะ/ครับ

Kor chorn leh sohm noi ka/krub

Can I have chopsticks, please?

ขอ ตะเกียบน้อย ค่ะ/ครับ

Kor dtah-kiub noi ka/krub

What drinks do you have?

มีเครื่องดื่มอะไรบาง ค่ะ/ครับ

Mii kreung-deum arai bang ka/krub

Do you have tissues?

มีกระดาษทิชชู่ไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Mii grah-daat titch-oo mai ka/krub

Do you have a toilet?

มีห้องน้ำไหม ค่ะ/ครับ

Mii hawng-naam mii ka/krub

Can I get the bill, please?

เก็บตังค์น้อย ค่ะ/ครับ

Ghebp-dtaang noi ka/krub

Thank you!

Korp-khun ka/krub

ขอบคุณ ค่ะ/ครับ

And here are 15 more essential Thai words that you’ll find useful when eating your way around Bangkok:

sweet หวาน waan

sour เปรี้ยว bprieow

salty เค็ม khem

hot (as in temperature) ร้อน rawn

cold เย็น yen

rice ข้าว khao

noodles เส้น sen

egg ไข่ kai

chicken ไก่ gai

pork หมู moo

beef เนื้อ neu-ah

duck เป็ด bped

fish ปลา bplaa

prawns กุ้ง goohng

squid ปลาหมึก blaa-meuhk

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