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Thailand is a country with abundant and delicious fruit (ผลไม้ – pŏn-lá-máai). Whether you’re having a fresh fruit shake for breakfast, sipping out of a coconut on a beach, or enjoying mango and sticky rice as a dessert, fruit lovers will certainly be in paradise in Thailand. Hit a local market early in the morning just about anywhere in Thailand, and you’ll be able to stock up on tons of fresh fruit without breaking the bank. Rather than try to use English or just pointing, why not learn the Thai words for the various fruits on offer? Here are some of the most common fruits you’ll find across the country in Thai:
If you’ve never heard of a lot of these fruits, don’t worry – many of them are unique to this part of the world. I never knew what durian was until my first trip to Thailand, but it’s one fruit I’ll never forget now. Durian is known for its rather pungent and offensive odor, which is so strong it’s even banned on public transportation! If you want to learn more about Thai fruits, this is a great guide for beginners.
For a little pronunciation practice, follow along with this short video from Thai Language Hut School: