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Thai Body Parts Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Beginner, Culture

In Thai culture, different body parts are worthy of different levels of respect. This respect is determined by the height from the ground. For example, the head is the highest and should be revered, while the feet are the lowest and are therefore used to show disrespect. As such, touching a Thai on the head is a serious no-no. Showing the bottom of your feet, or pointing your feet, to someone is very rude. This is why you’d see people hitting each other on the head in Thai comedies so often – it’s supposedly funny to break the taboo on TV. A bit like the Three Stooges.

Below is the list of body parts most commonly used in Thai.





แขน Kaen5 Arm
หลัง Lang5 Back
ตัว Dtua1 Body
นม Nom1 Breasts
ก้น Gon3 Butt
แก้ม Gaem3 Cheeks
หน้าอก Naa3ok2 Chest
คาง Kaang1 Chin
หู Huu5 Ears
คิ้ว Kew5 Eyebrows
ตา Dtaa1 Eyes
หน้า Naa3 Face
เท้า Tow4 Feet
นิ้ว New4 Fingers
หน้าผาก Naa5paak2 Forehead
ผม Pom5 Hair
มือ Meu1 Hands
หัว Hua5 Head
สะโพก S̄aphok Hips
เข่า Kow2 Knees
ขา Kaa5 Legs
ริมฝีปาก Rim1fee5baak2 Lips
ปาก Baak2 Mouth
เล็บ Lep4 Nails
คอ Kaw1 Neck
จมุก Ja2muuk2 Nose
หัวไหล่ Hua5laai2 Shoulders
ท้อง Taawng4 Stomach
นิ้วเท้า New4tow4 Toe
ฟัน Pan1 Tooth
คอ Kaw1 Throat
ลิ้น Lin4 Tongue
เอว Ew1 Waist


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