Do vendors typically speak some English? And how can I order if I don’t speak any Thai?

By Mark Wiens No Comments

It really depends on what part Thailand you’re in. In touristy areas food vendors and restaurant owners commonly speak a little English, however in the majority of Thailand, outside touristy sections, most vendors don’t speak English. So how can you order if you don’t speak Thai? Well, that’s what is ALL about – to help you eat and order authentic Thai food! Hopefully writing down some of the names of dishes and restaurants will help you order better Thai food. But if you’re just wandering around and stop at a food stall, my favorite method of ordering is to just see what others are eating, smile, and do your best to order whatever they have on the table. You may not always get what you’re expecting, but that’s part of learning, and it will probably be delicious.