We use a few Thai expressions and words in our stories, and you might have seen some other words you’re not sure about. Have a look here to see what they mean. (We will update this page regularly)
What That Word Means
There are currently 16 Thai words in this directory
Ao simply means 'Bay'
The BTS is one of Bangkok's metro systems
Doi is a northern word for hill or mountain
Hat / Haad
This word is the common name for the Northeastern region of Thailand
1. Mountain or hill
The correct tone gives the correct meaning!
Klong / Khlong
Klong (or khlong) means a canal. Some place names include the word Khlong such as Khlong Luang (Royal Canal).
Koh / Ko
Koh (or Ko) means 'island'
Another large city Metro system, partly underground and partly overground.
A Naga is a mythical semi deity giant creature with a snake like body. It can have one or multiple heads.
Phu is a northeastern word for hill or mountain
Any three wheeled vehicle. It literally means "three wheels".
A Soi is a side road or alley off a main road. So, a side road off Silom Road might be Silom Soi 6, or Silom Soi 15, etc.
A songtaew is a passenger vehicle like a bus. It's usually a pickup truck or larger truck with two rows of seats at the back. They ply a fixed route, but many of them can be hired like a taxi. Agree a fare before setting off.
A Tham in English is a cave.
A Wat is a temple complex. Each building in the complex has it's own name.