GLOSSARY

short time 

also abbreviated as ST. Although it seems obvious, this means that the girl will spend a short time with you, usually no more than an hour or two. if you are in doubt, talk to her before going anywhere.

long time

also abbreviated as LT. This is an overnight stay although the exact time is negotiable and depends on factors such as whether you have good chemistry. sometimes the crack of dawn. as always, be clear about what you expect at the start.

bar fine / barfine / bf

a lump sum payment made to the proprietor of the establishment to release the girl from her duties in the bar. different venues have different bar fines, for soi 6 expect 300-700 and walking street 800-2000 baht. 

boom boom

slang term for sexual intercourse, fucking, etc

cheap charlie

slang term for a cheapskate, stingy person who doesnt have money or spend money

butterfly

slang term for playboy, a guy who has many ladies

sister

slang term for female friend. can also mean an actual sister but more commonly a close friend or cousin

coyote

dancer in a bar who usually wears a crop top and shorts, as opposed to more skimpy outfits

farang

thai for foreigner, derived from France, the first Western country to make contact

gik

thai term for a mistress, sugar baby or friend with benefits

hoy

slang term for female genitals, lit. shellfish because that is how it looks

take care

euphemism for pay money, e.g. you take care her, means pay her some money

teerak / tilac

translates as an affectionate term similar to darling or my love. in thai, ที่รัก

narak

thai word meaning cute.  น่ารัก

suay

thai word meaning beautiful, สวย

jai dee

literally, ‘good heart’

kitung

thai for ‘miss’ as in, I miss you

kathoey

thai word for ladyboy

555

the thai word for ‘five’ is ‘ha’. hence 5555 = hahaha , used in chat similar to lol.

ba

thai word for crazy  บ้า

tingtong

like crazy but more cute 

phuchai

thai for man/men ผู้ชาย

phuying

thai for woman/women ผู้หญิง

songtaew

a modified pickup truck with seats in the back, used as a mini bus. สองแถว lit. two rows in thai

boys in brown / BIB

the police. their uniforms are brown.

paeng

แพง thai word for expensive

there are many more terms that are in use. We recommend that if possible, you learn some thai before travelling to Pattaya. If you can count to ten in Thai, you can count to a million, and this is very helpful when haggling because you can understand the prices. Lot noi dai mai, can you reduce the price, is another useful phrase.

Learning some basic directions such as left (sai), right (khwa), straight ahead are also useful because even with Google, thai motorcycle and taxi drivers are often unable to read maps which means you either need to know a landmark or the slang name for the street, e.g. soi post office. 

if you can hold a basic conversation in Thai, it will help a lot. this might go,

Sawadee khrap, khun chu arai khrap? Hello, what is your name 

khun suay mak you are very beautiful

khun ayu tao-rai khrap? how old are you?

obviously there is a limit to how much time you are willing to put in but learning the basics is definitely worthwhile.

 

last  updated; 26 May 2017
May 26, 2017
richard coxley