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Thai language on Similan liveaboards

Thai phrases that may be useful

What language is spoken on the liveaboards?

YukiThe common language spoken on liveaboards in Thailand is English but many of the dive staff are multi-lingual. If you have a particular language requirement please ask us in advance.

The boat crews speak Thai (and a few words in many other languages).

Being on a liveaboard is a great way to sit and speak with Thai people and the crew love to joke around with guests.

Learning a few words can get you a long way. Here are few to get you started:

Hello – Sawadee (Krup / Kha)* สวัสดี ครับ / ค่ะ
How are you? – Sabai Dee Mai? สบายดีไหม
I’m well thanks – Sabai Dee (Krup / Kha)* สบายดี ครับ / ค่ะ
You – Khun คุณ
Me / I – Phom (m) / Chan (f) ผม / ฉัน
Water – Nam น้ำ
Sea – Talay ทะเล
Fish – Pla ปลา
Shark – Pla Chalam ปลาโลมา
Dolphin – Pla Loma ปลาโลมา
Turtle – Dao เต่า
Is it beautiful? – Suay Mai? สวย ไหม
It’s beautiful – Suay สวย ครับ / ค่ะ
Take a photo – Thai Roop ถ่ายภาพ
Food / Rice – Ahaan / Khao อาหาร / ข้าว
Eat food – Taan Ahaan / Gin Khao กินข้าว
Is it delicious? – Aroy Mai? อร่อย ไหม
It’s delicious – Aroy (Krup / Kha)* อร่อย ครับ / ค่ะ
Thank you – Khop Khun (Krup / Kha)* ขอบคุณ ครับ / ค่ะ
Yes – Chai ใช่
No – Mai Chai ไม่

*It is normal in polite Thai speech to add Krup (for men) or Kha (for women) after most greetings, questions or expressions. For example, a man says hello with Sawadee Krup and a woman says Sawadee Kha.

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