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It’s the first phrase and maybe most important phrase to learn in Thailand. It means “hello”. I ve said and heard it a great many times since arrival in Bangkok.

It is followed closely by “khup khun ka” – Thank you.

Said with a warm nod, a smile or even a “wai” (prayer hand) when appropriate, you can get a lot done in the land of smiles.

Did you notice the greetings end in “ka”? That’s how ladies end sentences. The men go with “khrup”.

And did I mention there’s a “shrine” on every corner? And the awesomest massage parlors, and food?

Thank you for reading. Khup khun ka. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜ƒ