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How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Thai

Since I’ve been asked many times what to say during the Thai New Year’s Festival (Songkran / Water Festival) I thought I’d publish this short post to explain it briefly.

 

Sawadee (similar to sawadee krub/ka for ‘hello’).
Pee = Year
Mai = New

 

+ polite ka (women) or krub (men)

 

So I’d say:

 

Sawadee pee mai krub!

 

 

If you want to learn the cultural Songkran song, check out Mod’s post.

 

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Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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