Hugs Thailand
Hotel; Pocket Spring mattress
Hugs Thailand logo


Mattresses, Beds, Bedding and Furniture. Online!


Fun words in Thai

Posted by andypragnell on October 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM

There is a word in Thai that always makes me smile. It is 'rot fai fah tai din'.

I first heard it in the run up to the opening of the MRT subway in Bangkok, I laughed and said to Karn, "did I hear that right? They just called it the 'underground skytrain!" ' (the BTS skytrain is called the 'rot fai fah').

To be totally accurate the full name for a train in Thai is 'rot fai fah' but this is seldom used, in the same way that 'motor car' is shortened to 'car' in English. Usually the Thai's call a train 'rot fai'. the 'fah' part is spelt and spoken in exactly the same way to mean both 'sky' and 'electric' - as the last part of 'fai fah' to mean electric.

To avoid this problem in recent times I have noticed that the subway is more frequently referred to as the 'rot fai tai din', but I still hear 'rot fai fah tai din' too, most recently yesterday on the news.

So, it really is 'Amazing Thailand' the only country in the world with an underground skytrain!

Take care.


Categories: Fun Stuff

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply EllInvind
6:43 AM on October 23, 2019 
Compra Cialis Espana Propecia Y Esterilidad canadian cialis Comprar Cialis Generico En Barcelona
Reply LesLogy
4:50 AM on November 2, 2019 
Acquistare 120mg Sildenafil generic levitra Valtrex Online Canada Tamoxifene Teva 20 Mg