New Year Greetings in Thai

Published on: January 15, 2022

Thai teacher Kru Smuk shares useful expressions for new year greetings and makes learning Thai as easy as peeling a banana.

By Kru Smuk

It’s January! Welcome to 2022.

As many of you are celebrating the new year and spending quality time with family and loved ones in Thailand, I would love to teach you how to wish “Happy New Year!” in Thai. You will also learn some common phrases to greet Thai friends, colleagues, and family during this joyful time.

Happy New Year in Thai

In Thai, you say “สวัสดีปีใหม่” (sà-wàd-dee bpii-mài). It literally translates to “Hello New Year”. This phrase implies the excitement of Thai people to start the year with great joy. Let’s say hi to the new year.

Common Thai Wishes 

If you’re looking for phrases to say or write a New Year’s message in Thai, here are the three common Thai wishes that Thais commonly use. 

I wish you happiness.

ขอให้มีความสุข (khǒor-hâi mee kwaam-sùk). The word ขอให้ (khǒor-hâi) means “I wish you” and it’s usually followed by a wish. มีความสุข (mee kwaam-sùk) means “to have happiness” or “to be happy”. This greeting can be used for birthday wishes as well. 

I wish you good health.

Another one is to wish someone good health. In Thai, you say ขอให้มีสุขภาพแข็งแรง (khǒor-hâi mee sùk-kà-pâab kǎeng-raeng). The word สุขภาพ (sùk-kà-pâab) means “health” and the word แข็งแรง (kǎeng-raeng) means “strong”. This phrase is commonly used with elders, senior colleagues, and family members.

Thai Wishes for kids

In Thailand, we have special wishes for children. These wishes might sound more like a guideline for them to follow. Here are the wishes I would highly recommend using for your kids, students, nephews, and nieces. 

I wish for you to be a good kid.

ขอให้เป็นเด็กดี (khǒor-hâi bpen dèk-dee) is said to support and wish kids to grow up and be well behaved. It might sound funny in English, but this is what Thai locals say at New Year and it can be used as a birthday wish as well.

I wish for you to be good at school.

Education is really important for Thai parents. Thai people also like to wish kids to be great students or to be good at studying. We usually say เรียนหนังสือเก่งๆ (riian nǎng-sǔe gèng-gèng). เรียนหนังสือ (riian nǎng-sǔe) is “to study at school”. While เก่ง (gèng) means “well”. 

A tip for you, you can combine many of the wishes you’ve learned above together. For example, if you want to write a Happy New Year message to your Thai boss, you can say “สวัสดีปีใหม่ ขอให้มีความสุข มีสุขภาพแข็งแรง” (sà-wàd-dee bpii-mài. khǒor-hâi mee kwaam-sùk. mee sùk-kà-pâab kǎeng-raeng) which means “Happy New Year! I wish you happiness and good health”.

I hope you will use some of these Thai wishes to celebrate this festive time of the year with your loved ones and the people in your community.  Happy New Year, Sawaddee bpii-mai ka!

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About the Author

Kru Smuk runs an online Thai language school (BananaThai). She is a Thai teacher and the host of the “Learn Thai GluayGluay Podcast” on Spotify and Youtube to help foreigners learn Thai in the most flexible, enjoyable, and effective ways. Visit and get started with the Thai language. 


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