Understanding “hello” when making a trip in Thailand will be very important. Similar to other languages, there are many ways to say hello in Thai. Each one is used differently based on who you’re greeting and the situation you’re in.
So, how do Thai people say “hello?”
Let’s start with a general explanation of the word “hello.” What is the Thai word for “hello?” How do you say “hello” in Thai? How do you spell “hello” in Thai? And what is “hello” in Thai translation?
“Hello” in the Thai language is สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii). The word “hello,” in Thai means goodness, beauty, prosperity, and safety. Because of its good meaning, Thai people use this word as a greeting to wish other parties well. Sà-wàd-dee has been formally used as “hello” and “goodbye” in Thailand since January 22, 1943.
Sà-wàt-dii is one of the ways to say “hello” or “hi” in Thai. And it’s probably the safest choice of hello words you can use in any situation and with anyone. You can say it anytime of the day. You can say it to anyone, whether they’re older or younger. So it’s wise to remember this word, though it’s not the only way to translate “hello” in Thai.