Everyone in Thailand speaks Thai. When people talk about the Thai language they are really referring to a Central Thai dialect that has succeeded in becoming the standard official language for the whole country. For this reason Thai is only spoken as a first language in the central provinces of the nation. As Thai is the official language of education, government and media it´s basically understood from North to South although recent estimates suggest that less than half the population of Thailand speak and understand Thai fluently.Thailand is the Land of Smiles. A grin shows companionship. A laugh shows forgiveness. But what if you need a second-class train ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai? Keep smiling - this phrasebook will show you the way.
- Lonely Planet / Aschehoug
- 1. September 2004