In today’s e-Learn Thai language lesson, we will teach you how to say happy birthday in Thai. Birthdays in Thailand are becoming an occasion for celebration. Traditionally, birthdays were not celebrated much in Thailand except perhaps with a trip to the temple. But today many Thais are embracing the birthday custom of giving presents, having a party, or going out for a special dinner with friends.
Everyone in Thailand knows how to say happy birthday in English, and will often say “Happy Birthday!” to their Thai friends rather than using the equivalent Thai expression. However, it is still a good to know how to say happy birthday in Thai, and it will impress your Thai friends and colleagues.
So, let’s get to our online lesson on how to say happy birthday in Thai with an extra wish added on top for good measure.
สุขสันต์ วัน เกิด ขอให้ ชีวิต พบพาน แต่ สิ่ง ที่ ดี (Audio)
Sùk-khà-săn wan gèut. Khăw hâi chee-wít phóp-phahn dtàe sìng thêe dee.
Happy day birth. Request give life meet but thing that good.
Happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best things in life.
e-Learn Thai Culture Tips: Getting a good birthday gift is often somewhat tricky; it’s especially so for birthdays in Thailand. If you have a male colleague and they are not a teetotaler, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of a bottle of Johnny Walker Black or Red—the liquor of choice among affluent Thais.
For Thai ladies, a box of nice chocolates is a good choice for a birthday present. Should you be cash strapped, it would better not to purchase any gift versus going for a cheaper brand of whiskey or chocolates. Simply offer your friend or colleague the happy birthday in Thai greeting we have taught you today.
If you are taking your friend out for a birthday dinner in Thailand, be sure not to anger your Thai waitress. Learn how to tip appropriately in Thailand at our post on Thai Waitresses.