VIDEO: Giving Directions

This lesson you will be learning basic words for directions as well as how to ask for directions. It is useful to know words and phrases that will let you talk about going places, as well as understand what someone else says when giving simple directions. 🙂


ตรง /dtrong/ means straight

ไป /bpai/ means go

ตรงไป /dtrong bpai/ = go straight

เลี้ยว /líao/ means to turn
ซ้าย /sáai/ means left
ขวา /kwăa means right

เลี้ยวซ้าย /líao sáai/ = turn left

เลี้ยวขวา /líao kwăa/ = turn right


There are a few ways to ask where a place is


1. Where is Siam Square?

สยามแสควร์อยู่ที่ไหน Siam Square yùu tîi-năi?

Click here to learn about ‘where’ questions

2. Which way is Siam Square?

สยามแสควร์ไปทางไหน Siam Square bpai taang năi?


The main patterns used in the lesson are:
[1] รู้จัก rúu-jàk + something/someone + มั้ย mái?

– รู้จัก [rúu-jàk] means to know about something or someone

– มั้ย [mái] is a question word used to form yes/no questions

For example:

คุณรู้จักมด kun rúu-jàk Mod mái?

Do you know Mod?

แม่รู้จักกรุงเทพมั้ย mâe rúu-jàk Grung Tape mái?

Does mom know Bangkok?


[2] Subject + VERB + ยังไง yang-ngai ?

– ยังไง yang-ngai ? is a question ‘how?’ used to ask ‘how to do something.’ (Note: question word in Thai is put at the end of the question most of the time)

How to go there? In Thai pattern is “go there how?”

bpai(go) tîi-nán(there) yang-ngai?(how?) ไปที่นั่นยังไง


คุณไปทำงานยังไง kun bpai(go) tam-ngaan(work) yang-ngai?

How do you go to work?


เขียนยังไง kĭan yang-ngai?

How to write it?


สะกดยังไง sà-gòd yang-ngai?

How do you spell it?


[3] telling something is on your left/right hand-side

verb to be อยู่ yùu is needed to use to tell something is located somewhere.

ขวามือ kwăa mue means right hand side

ซ้ายมือ sáai mue means left hand side

We use the preposition ‘ทาง taang’ in this expression.


ธนาคารอยู่ทางซ้ายมือ tá-naa-kaan yùu taang sáai mue

The bank is on your left hand side


ร้านอาหารอยู่ทางขวามือ ráan aa-hăan yùu taang kwăa mue

The restaurant is on the right hand side


I hope you found this lesson useful. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below this post.


Keep practicing!


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10 Responses to VIDEO: Giving Directions

  1. elaine 12/07/2017 at 21:46 #

    Need help with this, I constantly find myself lost for words to say to taxi drivers to stay on the left hand lane and take the first soi after the intersection to take a short cut to go to the main road to. One time the I told the driver tadsan on this soi just pointing not realizing it tadsan was for hair cut.

    • Mod 27/07/2017 at 11:17 #

      A short cut in Thai is ทางลัด /taang – lát/. It is good that you tried to communicate in Thai although sometimes there are mistakes but we all learn from the mistakes. Keep going! 🙂

  2. Rob 07/12/2014 at 20:16 #

    Very good, simple lesson! I really appreciate the effort you put into making these videos – they help very much!

  3. Justin Tran 06/12/2014 at 14:15 #

    Thank you so much for your time to make this lesson.

  4. Philip Mifsud 29/11/2014 at 14:23 #

    As allways you are fantastic!

  5. Richard 27/11/2014 at 13:42 #

    thanks for the lesson !

  6. Ruo-lan 26/11/2014 at 11:28 #

    Thank you very much, teacher Mod! This is really helpful.
    Thai grammar is quite similar to Taiwanese grammar. (not Chinese)
    I’m still new in learning Thai, so not really sure what the preposition ‘taang’ means.
    What does it mean and when can I use it again? Thanks again!!

    • Mod 05/03/2015 at 11:12 #

      I am sorry for my late reply. “taang” means ‘way’. You can use it as a noun; for example ‘there is no way to go’ = mâi mii taang bpai
      And it use for telling ‘left hand-side’ = taang sáai , and ‘right hand-side’ = taang kwăa. 🙂

  7. nepwey 26/11/2014 at 08:26 #

    Thank for sharing your lesson. Hope to get more.

  8. nepwey 26/11/2014 at 08:26 #

    Thank for sharing your lesson.

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