If you have to travel to Bangkok often, you need to learn an essential life skill. Enrol yourself in a Thai language course at one of these language schools!
Here's a list of schools that can boost your vocabulary beyond Sawadeeka!
Love the city, want to blend in like a local? You know you have to speak their language. Thai might sound daunting as there are no alphabets and its flowy, gentle intonation could be unnatural for you, but we have picked out some schools that can break those barriers.
Sandee Thai Language School
Established in 2007 and managed and owned by the Unity International Education Co. Ltd, Sandee Thai is fully licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education. They offer a few options varying from 120 hours with 4 hours a week to an 8-month course which allows you to apply a visa for. Located in the heart of Bangkok, and in RCA, you can practice your Thai at the bars and clubs after your lessons.
Address: 21/34, B Block, 2nd Floor, R.C.A. Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok, 10320, Thailand
Mobile: +66 084 388 2832
Tel: +66 2 641 4459
Website: Sandee Thai Language School
This is considered as one of the premium schools and they have classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced Thai language learners. If you are serious about being adept in all facets – writing, speaking, reading and listening – you’ve found the right place. Baan Aksorn is located near BTS Phrom Phrong in a traditional Thai house and trainers are all teachers who have advanced degrees. Choose from private to group classes that have up to just 6 students. Now, you can stay legitimately as 10-month Student Education (ED) visas are available here!
Address: House #40 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 258 5617 or +66 2 662 3090
Website: Baan Aksorn
Jentana Thai Language
Jentana has been around for over 25 years and is a leading Thai language school. Conveniently located near BTS Asok in Sukhumvit, it can be an easy journey from work. They have over 20 teachers and offer classes 7 days a week. They also have levels according to your proficiency and teach according to the J&A syllabus. There’s a team of over 20 teachers so you will be well-taken care of.
Address: 5/8 Sukhumvit Soi 31 Road, Klongtoey-Neua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 260 6138
Website: Jentana Thai Language
This school has a fun and easy-going nature that will be suitable for those who are learning to fit in. They hone mostly your speaking skills, from ‘survival situations’ to communicating fluently in social and professional situations. They also teach English and have an online curriculum available. They are located at the front of Mahathun Plaza next to BTS Phloenchit, and classes are taught in small groups by professional Thai teachers.
Address: 888 Unit 1 st Floor, Mahatun Plaza Building, Phloenchit Road, Lumpinee, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 2 675 3915
Website: Language Express
Thai Language Hut
Their courses are differentiated according to your needs, whether you are a visitor, an expat or if you intend to use Thai for professional purposes. They even have a Tourist Thai Language Course that can be done in just 2 hours! Their teaching is based on Paiboon Publishing which teaches everything, including phonetics and advanced levels. Online courses are also available for those who just want to stay on their couch at home.
Address: 9/1 Baansaengmukda, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 43, Klongtan Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110, BTS Phrom Phong
Tel: +66 2 2620618 / +66 859977653
Website: Thai Language Hut
This centre splits their courses into learning to speak and learning to speak and read. The most fundamental for getting around would be these skills. They also offer lessons on Skype and can issue you the ED visa as an individual or in a group. Their fees are less expensive than some other more established schools and this place will be a good option for those who have a tighter pocket.
Address: Prima Sathorn Building, 2nd Floor - Unit 8202, 31/1 Narathiwat Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok (Adjacent to Empire Tower / 300m from BTS Chong Nonsi)
Tel: +66 2 676 2030 / +66 84 094 7585
Website: veryday Thaim
AAA Thai Language School
Beginner courses are focused on speaking, and when you advance to intermediate, you learn reading and writing. After that, you can consider learning in-depth according to the topics you like, including Thai social norms, idioms, Buddhism, health and hygiene. They can also provide you a visa and even give you a comprehensive guide on how to apply for it.
Address: 35 WANNASORN TOWER, 10th floor, Phayathai Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok Thailand 10400
Tel: +66 2 045 1427 / +66 95 248 3472
Website: AAA Thai Language School