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Here are some useful Thai phrases and questions relating to toilets. This post also features quality audio by a native Thai speaker.

In Thai, toilet is called hong nam. Another common word in writing, that is often put on toilet signs is sukha.

Occasionally, the word for male and female will be added to the toilet signs, such as hong nam ying meaning female toilet, or hong nam chai which means male toilet. Similarly, sukha chai which is male toilet, and sukha ying which is used for female toilet, are also common toilet signs.

If you need to use a public toilet, but can't find one, look for these signs.

Learn what Thai toilet signs look like.

You might also hear Thais in rural areas call toilet suam, which many city people consider impolite.

Here are some useful questions:

Where is the toilet? = hong nam yu nai…(kha/krap)?

May I use the toilet? = Kor kao hong nam noi dai mai (kha/krap)?

Kha/Krap is used at the end of sentences to make it more polite. Kha is for female speakers, while krap is used by male speakers.

If there are no public toilets around and someone lets you use a toilet, it is a nice gesture to say thank you, in Thai:

Khob khun kha/krap.

It’s good to know that toilet paper and soap are normally not provided at public toilets, in Thailand. Thus, it’s a good idea to bring along toilet paper or wet wipes and liquid soap.

In addition, small coins will be handy when you use public toilets, which normally charge 3-5 baht. Most gas stations offer their toilets free of charge.

Suggested Reading:   Saying No!   Excuse Me

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