Most return visitors to Thailand would agree that learning a bit of Thai enhances their experiences, and allows them a more personal interaction with Thais.
There are dozens of schools offering Thai classes to those wishing to become either conversationalists or scholars.
Virtually every major university in Bangkok also offers Thai language courses, but curriculum appears to be geared toward individuals who are staying in Bangkok for 1-3 months.
Here is our short list of schools that offer courses better-oriented toward travelers with less time.
AAA Thai Language Center (Chitlom), 29 Vanissa Building, 6th floor, Chitlom Rd., Bangkok 10330. tel: (02) 655-5629.
Located near the Chitlom BTS skytrain station.
American University Alumni (AUA) Language Center, 179 Ratchadamri Rd, Bangkok. tel: (02) 650-5040.
Located near the BTS Ratchadamri skytrain station, this school has four branches in Bangkok, and 13 upcountry.
Language Express, Ground Floor, Mahatun Plaza, Ploenchit, Bangkok 10330 Tel: 02 675 3915.
Located 5 metres from BTS PLoechit. MOE approved, 6 levels of Thai taught by well qualified and trained teachers using conversation focused textbooks, with some reading & writing.
Prolanguage, 10 - 01A 10 th Fl. Times Square Building 246 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok 10110 tel: (02) 250-0072. Located near the Asok BTS skytrain station, between sois 12 and 14, this company aims to make learning Thai “easy and enjoyable,” in groups of 3-4 people.
The standard course meets 20 times, in ten lessons.
Union Language School, 11th floor, Building 109 Surawong Road, Bangkok. tel: (02) 223-4482.
This school is located on the premises of the Christian Church of Thailand, near the Sala Daeng BTS skytrain station.
Union has been training Protestant missionaries for years, and teaches in small groups