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When visiting a new country you always feel more comfortable if you know a few words of the local language, of which Thai is the local language

Most shopkeepers speak good English and maybe even some German as well. The hint is to speak slowly so they can work out what you are saying. If you talk too fast they will stare at you and say 'slow, slow ...". If they cannot understand you they may say "yes, yes ...", so be careful.

We found this brilliant 'Speak Thai' web site where you can learn in an interactive way the basics of Thai.