Telling directions in Thai

by | Oct 7, 2020 | Thai, Vocabulary

In this article, I will teach you important words you need to know when you want to tell directions.

This will be useful for you when you get in a taxi, travel around Thailand, ask for directions, etc.

Let’s go!

Thai Tuktuk - telling directions in thai

Important vocabulary

เลี้ยวlíeowto turn
เลี้ยวซ้ายlíeow sáaito turn left
เลี้ยวขวาlíeow kwăato turn right
ชิดขวาchít kwăakeep right
ชิดซ้ายchít sáaikeep left
ตามdtaamto follow
ตรงไปdtrong bpaigo straight
ไป/มาbpai/mato go/to come
อยู่ที่yòo têeto live at, to be located at,
จอดjòtto park
ขับkàpto drive
ที่นี่/ที่นั่น/ที่โน่นtêe nêe · têe nân · têe nôhnhere, there, there(further away)

Frequently used phrases

  • Do you go to … ?
    ไป… name of a place …ไหมคะ?
    bpai … name of place … măi ká

  • Do you know how to go to … ?
    ไป… name of a place… ยังไง รู้ไหม?
    bpai …….yang ngai………róo măi

  • Go straight for 20 km then make a turn.
    ตรงไป 20 กิโลแล้วก็เลี้ยว
    dtrong bpai 20 gì-loh láew gôr líeow 

  • Follow Google Maps.
    ตาม Google map ไปเลย
    dtaam google map bpai loie ká

  • .Can you … please?
    … หน่อยได้ไหม?
    nòi dâai măi ká

  • Park at … can you?
    jòt têe……..dâai măi ká

Example conversation of what a Taxi passenger could say:

  • Do you go to Paragon mall?
    Do you know how to go to the bookstore?
    Go straight 3 kilometers then turn right. Don’t turn left.
    Follow Google Maps.
    Can you drive faster?
    Park here.

    ตรงไปสามกิโลแล้วก็เลี้ยขวาคะ อย่าเลี้ยวซ้ายนะคะ
    ตาม google map ไปเลยคะ

    pêe ká bpai hâang paa-raa gôn măi ká
    bpai ráan năng-sĕu yang ngai róo măi ká
    dtrong bpai săam-gì-loh láew gôr líak-waa ká · yàa líeow sáai ná ká
    dtaam google map bpai loie ká
    kàp reo reo nòi dâai măi ká
    jòt têe nêe ká

I hope you now have enough vocabulary to be able to ask and tell for directions in Thai!

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