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Thai Vocabulary for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Culture

Although Valentine’s Day (วันวาเลนไทน์ – wan waa-layn-tai) isn’t exactly a traditional holiday in Thailand, it sure is popular. In many ways, February 14th is the same in the Kingdom of Smiles as it is in the West – guys will buy roses (กุหลาบ – gù làap), a box of chocolate (ช็อกโกแลต – chók goh lâet), or a teddy bear (หมีเท็ดดี้ – mĕe-tét-dêe) and couples will go out on a romantic date (เดท – dàyt). Of course, there are some unique twists on this holiday in Thailand. In Bangkok, many couples will tie the knot in the Bang Rak (บางรัก) area since the name means “love district.” Some lucky couples will even win a “golden marriage certificate.” Other more adventurous couples choose to get hitched under water.

However you decide to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Thailand, you should learn some useful vocabulary to woo your sweetheart (สุดที่รัก – sùt têe rák) in Thai:

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You are beautiful.


You are cute.


You are handsome.


You look sexy.


You have beautiful eyes.


You have a beautiful smile.


Can I have your phone number?


Are you free tonight?


Can you go out with me?


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?


Can I hold your hand?


Can I kiss you?


Getting Serious

You make me happy.


I want to be with you.


I like you a lot.

ผม/ฉัน ชอบคุณมาก

Do you want to be in a relationship?


You’re my sweetheart.


Getting Really Serious

I love you.

ผมรักคุณ – male

ฉันรักคุณ – female

I want to be with you forever.


Will you marry me?


Note that in Thai there are male and female words for “I/me” – ผม and ฉัน. Make sure you’re using the right one! As we all know, being polite is also important in Thai culture. Don’t forget to add ครับ (male) or ค่ะ (female) at the end of a sentence.

For some more practice, check out these YouTube videos:

Learn to say “I love you” in Thai.

More tips on talking about love in Thai.

An awesome 4-minute short that’s actually a tissue ad.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the couples out there, and for all the single guys, well, there’s always Soi Cowboy…

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.