Learn Thai – Colors


When in doubt, wear red!

When in doubt, wear red!


There is a Thai saying I really like จะถูกจะแพงขอแดงไว้ก่อน /jà tùuk jà paeng kŏr daeng wái gòrn/, in English it would be ‘it doesn’t matter if it is cheap or expensive, go for red’ : )

Color in Thai is สี /sĭi/. When Thai people talking about color the word สี /sĭi/ can be put in front of the name of the color or can be dropped.

The first set of colors I learned when I was a little girl were the colors of a rainbow.

  1. ม่วง /mûang/                      purple
  2. คราม /kraam/                     indigo
  3. น้ำเงิน /náam ngern/       dark blue
  4. เขียว /kĭao/                          green
  5. เหลือง /lŭeang/                  yellow
  6. แสด /sàed/                         red-orange
  7. แดง /daeng/                       red

Other colors ;

  • ขาว /kăao/                                          white
  • ดำ /dam/                                             black
  • ฟ้า /fáa/                                                blue
  • ชมพู /chom-puu/                              pink
  • ทอง /tong/                                          gold
  • เงิน /ngern/                                         silver

*เงิน /ngern/ also means ‘money’

  • น้ำตาล /náam dtaan/                      brown

*น้ำตาล /náam dtaan/ also means ‘sugar’


The word “เข้ม /kêm/” dark and “อ่อน /òrn/” light is put after the color to describe dark or light shade. For example; สีแดงเข้ม /sĭi daeng kêm/ dark red color.


คุณชอบสีอะไรคะ /kun chôrp sĭi à-rai ká?/ What color do you like?  : )

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12 Responses to Learn Thai – Colors

  1. Christine 11/03/2017 at 21:26 #

    Thanks Mod for the information about colors. I have just read today cos I was looking for how different colors are called in Thailand.
    This summer I have promised myself to learn more Thai to upgrade from where I had reached.

  2. Amy 05/02/2017 at 14:51 #

    this is helpful 😉
    can you do the same but in more detail
    like navy, violet etc.


    • Mod 09/04/2017 at 11:14 #

      Thank you for your suggestion. It is a good one!

  3. Charlie 31/07/2016 at 10:25 #

    How do I say in thai I want to color my hair blonde?

    • Mod 06/06/2017 at 15:59 #

      You would say ชั้นอยากทำผมสีบลอนด์ /chán yàak tam pŏm sǐi blon/.

  4. Andreas 26/08/2015 at 20:14 #

    Sawadee krap,
    do you have a video to listen the correct pronunciation of the different colors?
    Thank you very much

    • Mod 08/09/2015 at 10:28 #

      We haven’t done a video on colors yet. Thank you for your comment, We will do that in a near future. 🙂

  5. Marqar 06/03/2015 at 06:53 #

    Hello Mod!
    Supergood blog with lots of useful information and details you couldn’t find anywhere else! My first visit here but I’m gonna be a regular! About the colours I’ve heard they also have some deeper meanings. Like for instance if you see a new house and in bright pink it means there’s living a single lady or a purple one if the house belongs to a widow etc. Don’t know if it’s true but as I’ve understood all the colors have some hidden meanings??! Does they and if it would be so nice o learn more about that!

    Thank you so much Mod for this excellent webpage!!

    Take care.


    • Mod 06/03/2015 at 10:02 #

      Sawatdee ka Marqar, thank you for reading my post and your interesting comment. I will do more research about it.

  6. K7 07/04/2014 at 14:53 #

    Thai saying does not say if red colour also attracts bull

  7. Philip Mifsud 25/01/2013 at 03:20 #

    You make me keep on learning! Khap khun khrap Mod

  8. Sara 16/01/2013 at 04:04 #

    ฉันชอบสีฟ้า ^^ ขอบคุณมาก for teaching! I’m ฉันลูกครึ่ง but I forgot Thai so I’m learning again. You help me to understand.

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