Thai Language for Travelers – Restaurant Phrases – Ep.2

Now that you know the basics of Thai language from Episode 1, time to step it up a notch! In this video I teach you phrases that would be useful in a restaurant setting, or when buying food from a street vendor. This is a pretty important set of phrases because eating is probably the most important thing you’ll do in Thailand, right??

Next up in the series we will go over some basic food terms so that at the very least you will recognize when someone says they’re serving you “chicken” or “pork”. Let me know if you have suggestions on other videos around Thai language and culture!








About Pai:

Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.

Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.

After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at
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33 Replies to “Thai Language for Travelers – Restaurant Phrases – Ep.2”

  1. Pailin's Kitchen

    HELLO LOVELY VIEWERS! Important Note:

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  2. Alvin Steviro

    Making a note for myself, please watch the video anyway to listen to how the phrases should be uttered.

    1. How many people in your party?
    Gee taan ka/krub?
    Gee kon ka/krub?

    2. Calling the server
    Kaw-Toad khrub (excuse me)
    Phi ka/khrub (older)
    Nong ka/khrub (younger)


    3. Can I order the food?
    Sung ahaan noi ka/khrub?


    4. Bathroom
    Hong-nahm yoo nai ka/khrub?


    4. Check/bill
    Check bin noi ka/khrub?


    5. How much? How much is this?
    Un nee tao rai ka/khrub?


    6. What is this?
    Un nee arai ka/khrub?


  3. almondmilkchai

    Does the polite suffix always refer to yourself? Like if I'm asking a male a question, would I still end it with Ka? Thank you SO much for these videos, by the way! My brother just moved to Bangkok and I'll be visiting him in a couple months and I hope to be able to speak even a little bit of Thai!

  4. SkInWarrIoR

    Good videos. Im often in Thailand for Vacation and i try to learn some new Thai phrases. When i sit in a restaurant with my friends from Isaan (Loei). When they wanted something from the Staff she said Mie or Me Kha and then the staff came(Female Staff). When i sit alone in the restaurant i say always Me khab and then someone is coming haha. But i dont know what means Me khab. I always thought "Me khab" is for female staff and "Pi khab" is for male staff haha. I remember that some Thai gril told me Mie khab means "Sister"

  5. Angie Ladimo

    Sawaddee Krub Kun Pai! I’d just like to ask how would I determine the placement of each word/phrase.

    Say, Un Nee Tao Rai which means How Much Is This. At first I thought it was gonna be Tao Rai Un Nee. But I was wrong.

    Kob Kun Krub!


    Hello this is one of the best Thai intro Vids on YouTube .
    I'm a bit confused travelled to Thailand many times but I have heard many Thai men just say Krub (kub) to me in conversation or in meeting first time when we meet or say for example I have came into their restaurant or bar and they greet me with "kub" Can you tell me what this means in this conversation?

  7. IP Freelee

    You're young enough that check bin isn't that bothersome to you, but to be more correct and polite gep tang/เก็บตังค์ is far more polite than check bin. Check bin refers to collecting the little cup of receipts from your bar table and goes back to the US GI days of formally visiting the land of smiles for service. The bin, referring to a trash bin, is the little cup placed on the table where the receipts are often stored.

  8. ss g

    Piz miss Pailin, share some idea about how to make Mung bean noodles/glass noodles/cellophane noodles at home. i have seen all your noodle recipes and i really love them all, specially glass noodle recipes. but i cant get those beautiful noodles anywhere in the nearby market. plz share the process to make them in home instantly from mung bean fluor.

  9. Wayne Fontenot

    Thanks for the tips. Glad you are back. I haven't seen you in a while with anything new. I'm a subscriber and sorry I don't always know how to find you but I'm learning. I like your videos and how you explain everything and give some history on different things. Keep up the good work.

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