Telling the time in Thailand, or to be more precise, understanding the intricacies of the Thai 6 hour clock is probably one of the hardest Thai lessons to grasp. The Thai time system has without doubt been the source of much confusion and bewilderment for foreign visitors. If not fully understood the Thai 6 hour clock could literally see you turning up 6 hours late or 6 hours early for a date or meeting. To save yourself those testing times here is a simple explanation of the Thai clock, which in no time at all will help you to fully understand how to read and tell the time in Thailand.
The four quarters of the Thai time system are as follows.
- Midnight is ‘Tiang Keun‘.
0100 (1 AM) – 0500 (5 AM) is called ‘Dtee’ or ‘Tii’.
- 0600 (6 AM) – 11 AM ‘Mong Chao‘.
- Mid-day is called ‘Tiang‘.
1300 (1p.m.) – 1800 (6 PM) is called ‘Bai Mong’, 1600 and 1700 (4 PM and 5 PM) is also referred to as ‘Mong Yen‘.
- 1900 (7 PM) – 2300 (11PM) called ‘Toom‘ or ‘Thoom’.
Examples of the Thai clock “Thai Time”
Thai time Midnight – 5 AM
12 Midnight = tian keun
1 AM = dtee neung
2 AM = dtee song
3 AM = dtee sam
4 AM = dtee see
5 AM = dtee haa
Thai time 6 AM – 12 Mid-day)
- 6 AM = hok mong chao
7 AM = jed mong chao
8 AM = bad mong chao
9 AM = gow mong chao
10 AM = sip mong chao
11 AM = sip-et mong chao
12 Mid-day = tiang
Thai time 1 PM – 6 PM
1 PM = Bai Mong
2 PM = Bai Song Mong
3 PM = Bai Sam Mong
4 PM = Bai See Mong or (See Mong Yen)
5 PM = Bai Ha Mong or (Ha Mong Yen
6 PM = Hok Mong Yen
Thai time 7 PM – 11 PM
At 7 PM the clock reverts back to number 1, hence 7 PM is represented by No.1, this continues through to 11 which is No.5.
7 PM = neung toom
8 PM = song toom
9 PM = sam toom
10 PM = see toom
11 PM = haa toom
Example times after the hour (minutes past) on the Thai 6 hour clock.
7.30 AM = jed mong kreung
8.45 AM = bad mong see-sip haa
12.15 PM = tiang sip-haa
2.25 PM = bai song mong yee-sip haa
5.40 PM = bai mong see sip or (ha mong see-sip)
7.50 PM = neung toom ha-sip
2.22 AM = dtee song yee-sip song
How to ask the time in Thailand, and more time trivia.
- To ask “What is the time” in Thailand, you can say “gee mong laew”, which translates to “how many hours already”.
- An hour is “cha – mong”
- A minute is “na – tee”
- Half is “kreung”, example = 8.30a.m. = “bad mong kreung”
- A clock or wrist watch in Thai is “naa-lí-gaa”
- Alarm clock is “naa-lí-gaa bplòok”
- The twenty four clock is used to tell the time in Thailand by the government and commonly at trains stations, bus stations etc.
For more Thai language help try the related posts below:
- Write your name in Thai
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