:: Weather

Seasons in Thailand
There are 3 main seasons, rainy, cool and hot season, in Thailand

  • Rainy Season: The southwest monsoon comes from the Indian Ocean with rain-laden clouds, from about June to October. Not every day rains so there is still plenty of sunshine. The humidity makes it feel hot and sticky.
  • Cool Season: The northeast monsoon from central Asia usually blows from November to February, bringing relatively cool, dry conditions to Thailand. This is the best time to visit Thailand.
  • Hot Season: Between the two monsoons, March to May, the land heats up, creating an area of low pressure above it. Eventually the high pressure over the Indian Ocean moves inland, and the monsoon cycle begins again. This is the hottest time of the year so the school closes for a two month long break.
:: Thai basic phrases/conversations
Basic phrases
These are given in English, Thai and an approximate pronunciation of the Thai.

* "Yes" and "no" are often also indicated by simply repeating the verb. So if the question was "Do you want to go ?", it would be answered by saying "want" or "don't want", rather than "yes" or "no". Chai is an general word for "yes", but it's less used than it's English equivalent. Men can also use krap, and women ka , to indicate agreement. These are the same words used at the end of sentences to be polite.

** Pom is the polite way of saying "I / me" for man in Thai, di-chan is the equivalent for women. You're never likely to offend anyone by using either of these words, but there are also a lot of other words for'I/Me' that can be used depending on the situation.

There's a similarly large amount of words for "you". Khun is the most common, and is a safe word to use when speaking to just about anybody. Tan is a very respectful word, used when talking to someone of markedly higher status than you in Thailand (e.g. a high court judge, or a Buddhist monk). Ter is more informal than khun, it's used when talking to friends.

Sa-wàt dee is the general all purpose greeting in Thailand, the English distinctions of "Good morning", "Good afternoon" etc.. do exist but are almost never used. It's also almost always followed by kráp (for a man) or (for a woman) to be polite.