Index:

  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. Internet Chat Acronyms
  3. Thailand Bank SWIFT Codes
  4. Thailand IATA Airport Codes
 


 

The following acronyms, abbreviations and terms are often used on the Forums:
Listed alphabetically.

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

 

 
AIS
 
Advanced Info Service
AIS Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator.
www.ais.co.th

 
 
Amphur
อำเภอ
 
District
Amphur Often used in reference to an "Amphur Office" meaning "District Office", a local government office dealing with ID cards, census, birth, death, marriage and divorce registrations, etc.
An Amphur is further divided into sub-districts (see Tambon).
Sometimes transliterated Amphoe.

 
 
ASEAN
 
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
สมาคมประชาชาติแห่งเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้
ASEAN Geo-political and economic organisation of 10 countries in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
www.asean.org

 
 
Baht
เงินบาท
 
Baht Unit of currency in Thailand.
1 Baht = 100 satang

 
 
Baht (Gold)
บาท (ทองคำ)
 
Unit weight of gold.
1 baht = 4 salung = 15.244g
1 tamlung = 4 baht = approx. 60g
1 chang = 20 tamlung = approx. 1.2kg
1 haap = 50 chang = approx. 60kg
(In the case of jewellery, 1 baht of gold should weigh at least 15.16 grams.)



 
 
Baht Bus
 
See Songthaew


 
 
BE
พ.ศ.
 
Buddhist Era
พุทธศักราช
Prefix/suffix denoting a Thai calendar year.
See here for comparison table.

 
 
BKK
 
Bangkok
Derived from the IATA three-letter code for Bangkok airport.


 
 
BIA
 
Border and Immigration Agency
BIA See UKVI.
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

 
 
BMCL
 
Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited
บริษัท รถไฟฟ้ากรุงเทพ จำกัด(มหาชน)
BMCL Company operating the underground rail service in Bangkok.
www.bangkokmetro.co.th

 
 
BMTA
 
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority
องค์การขนส่งมวลชนกรุงเทพฯ
BMTA Established in August 1976 by Royal Decree to provide bus services to commuters in and around Bangkok.
www.bmta.co.th

 
 
BTS
 
Bangkok Mass Transit System
รถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอส
BTS Overhead rail network in Bangkok. Opened in 1999, also known as the Sky Train.
www.bts.co.th

 
 
CAT
 
CAT Telecom Public Company Limited
บริษัท กสท โทรคมนาคม จำกัด (มหาชน)
CAT Thai state-owned telecommunications company providing overseas and other services in Thailand. Formerly known as the Communications Authority of Thailand.
www.cattelecom.com

 
 
Changwat
จังหวัด
 
Province
Changwat Thailand is divided into 76 provinces, each of which is further divided into districts (see Amphur).
Sometimes transliterated Jangwat.

 
 
DLT
 
Department of Land Transport
กรมการขนส่งทางบก
DLT Thai government department dealing primarily with vehicle registration, vehicle testing, driving licenses and car tax.
www.dlt.go.th

 
 
DSP
 
Diplomatic Service Procedures
Guidance notes issued by the FCO, used by entry clearance officers on the handling of entry clearance and visa applications.


 
 
DTAC
 
Total Access Communication
DTAC Thailand's second largest GSM mobile phone operator.
www.dtac.co.th

 
 
ECM
 
Entry Clearance Manager
Embassy visa section manager.
See also ECO.


 
 
ECO
 
Entry Clearance Officer
An Embassy employee in the visa section who assesses applications and interviews persons wishing to travel to the United Kingdom.


 
 
EFL
 
English as a Foreign Language
English language course.


 
 
EMS
 
Express Mail Service
EMS National and international courier service provided by Thailand Post.
www.thailandpost.co.th

 
 
ESOL
 
English for Speakers of Other Languages
English language course.


 
 
Farang
ฝรั่ง
 
Westerner
Farang Sometimes pronounced "falang" and also the Thai word for the fruit guava. The Laos/Isaan word for guava, baksidar (ໝາກສີດາ/บักสีดา), is also sometimes used in reference to westerners.

 
 
FAT
 
Football Association of Thailand
สมาคมฟุตบอลแห่งประเทศไทย
FAT Thailand's governing football body, founded in 1916 and FIFA affiliated since 1925.
fathailand.org

 
 
FAT
 
Farang Added Tax
Light hearted reference to the dual pricing structure in Thailand.


 
 
FCO
 
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FCO UK government department responsible for promoting the interests of the United Kingdom abroad.
www.fco.gov.uk

 
 
FLR
 
Further Leave to Remain
A visa granted to persons in the UK on a fiance visa after successful application once they are married.


 
 
ICT
 
Indochina Time
เขตเวลาอินโดจีน
The time zone used all year round in Thailand (UTC+7/GMT+7).

 
 
ILE
 
Indefinite Leave to Enter
A visa granted to persons after successful application outside the UK. Indefinite Leave to Remain commences upon arrival in the UK.


 
 
ILR
 
Indefinite Leave to Remain
A visa granted to persons settled in the UK after successful application prior to the expiry of their settlement visa or FLR.


 
 
IND
 
Immigration and Nationality Directorate
IND See UKVI.
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

 
 
IO
 
Immigration Officer
A person who controls the entry of foreign nationals into the United Kingdom.


 
 
IOM
 
International Organization for Migration
IOM Inter-governmental organization designed to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and the promotion of international cooperation on migration issues.
www.iom.int

 
 
KSR
 
Khao San Road
ถนนข้าวสาร
KSR Tourist hub in central Bangkok, popular with budget travellers.

 
 
LOS
 
Land of Smiles
Affectionate nickname for Thailand.


 
 
LTE
 
Leave to Enter
Permission to enter the UK and live and work as a UK resident. The main types of LTE are Limited (LLE) and Indefinite (ILE).


 
 
LTR
 
Leave to Remain
Permission to stay in the UK and live and work as a UK resident. The main types of LTR are Further (FLR) and Indefinite (ILR).


 
 
Luuk Khrueng
ลูกครึ่ง
 
Half Child
Often used to describe someone who is half Thai / half Farang


 
 
MBK
 
Ma Boon Krong
มาบุญครอง
MBK One of the largest shopping centres in Bangkok located on the corner of Phayathai and Rama I Road next to the National Stadium.
www.mbk-center.com

 
 
MCOT
 
Mass Communications Organization of Thailand
บริษัท อสมท จำกัด (มหาชน)
MCOT Thai media conglomerate operating television and radio services in Thailand
www.mcot.net

 
 
MFA
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ
MFA Thailand's Foreign Office.
www.mfa.go.th

 
 
MRT
 
Mass Rapid Transit
รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร
MRT Underground rail network in Bangkok. The Bangkok Metro opened in July 2004, under the control of the MRTA (Mass Rapid Transit Authority) and the BMCL.
www.mrta.co.th

 
 
NCS
 
Nationality Checking Service
NCS For people applying for British citizenship, this service allows them to make their application, in person, at their local council offices.
www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/applying/checkingservice/

 
 
Ngaan
งาน
 
Land area measurement
1 ngan = 100 sq. wah = 400 sq. metres
4 ngan = 1 rai



 
 
NTL
 
No Time Limit
An indefinite leave stamp endorsed in a new passport or travel document of a person who already has indefinite leave to enter, or to remain in the UK.


 
 
OTOP
 
One Tambon One Product
OTOP A local entrepreneurship stimulus program to promote locally produced goods.

 
 
PAT
 
Port Authority of Thailand
การท่าเรือแห่งประเทศไทย
PAT State corporation responsible for the regulation and governance of the ports of Thailand
www.port.co.th

 
 
PCU
 
Public Caller Unit
See PEO.


 
 
PEO
 
Public Enquiry Office
Usually used in reference to IND offices to which you can make or enquire about applications in person.


 
 
PM
 
Private Message
PM A message sent privately between two or more members. Registered members can set up a PM at any time on the Thailand-UK Forums from here.

 
 
Rai
ไร่
 
Land area measurement
1 rai = 4 ngan = 400 sq. wah = 1600 sq. metres


 
 
Romanise
 
To transliterate the sound of a word or phrase from a non-English language using English language spelling.
Synonym - Latinise


 
 
RTE
 
Royal Thai Embassy
สถานเอกอัครราชทูตไทย
RTE Click here for full details of the RTE and Consulates in and around the UK.

 
 
RTP
 
Royal Thai Police
สำนักงานตำรวจแห่งชาติ
RTP The national police of Thailand.
www.police.go.th

 
 
Samlor
สามล้อ
 
Three Wheels
Samlor Often used in reference to a taxi in the form of a three wheeled cycle with a bench seat at the rear. The pedal version is called a สามล้อถีบ samlor tiip, the motorbike version is a สามล้อเครื่อง samlor kruang.

 
 
Satang
สตางค์
 
Unit of currency in Thailand.
100 satang = 1 Baht


 
 
SET
 
Stock Exchange of Thailand
ตลาดหลักทรัพย์แห่งประเทศไทย
SET Currently Thailand's only stock exchange, it began trading in 1975.
www.set.or.th

 
 
Siam
สยาม
 
Thailand
Name of the country prior to 1939 and between 1945 and 1949.


 
 
Songkran
สงกรานต์
 
Thai New Year
Traditional New Year celebrations starting 13th April and lasting for 3 days or more.


 
 
Songthaew
สองแถว
 
Two Rows
Songthaew A covered pick-up truck with two facing bench seats in the rear. Generally a bus service following pre-arranged routes charging a few baht per journey.

 
 
SRT
 
State Railway of Thailand
การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย
SRT The state-owned nationwide rail operator in Thailand.
www.railway.co.th/english/

 
 
SV
 
Settlement Visa
Unofficial but frequently used abbreviation.


 
 
SVCD
 
See VCD


 
 
SWIFT
 
Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication
SWIFT SWIFT codes are a standard list of bank identifier codes used to assist in electronic banking affairs.
See below for codes.

 
 
Tabian Baan
ทะเบียนบ้าน
 
House Registration Document
Small book issued to every home, registering all persons staying there.


 
 
Tambon
ตำบล
 
(Sub) District
A small district, usually a sub-division within an Amphur.
Sometimes transliterated Tambol.


 
 
TAT
 
Tourism Authority of Thailand
การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย
TAT Organisation in Thailand responsible for the promotion of tourism.
www.tourismthailand.org

 
 
TEFL
 
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
A TEFL qualification is high on the list for many future expats.
www.onlinetefl.com

 
 
TGN
 
Thai Global Network
ไทยทีวีโกลเบิลเน็ตเวิร์ค
TGN Satellite TV operated by the Royal Thai Army. The TGN channel broadcasts domestic Thai TV compilations 24 hours a day via 5 satellites around the world.
www.thaitvglobal.com

 
 
TH
 
Thailand
ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code for Thailand.

 
 
THA
 
Thailand
ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for Thailand.

 
 
THB
 
Thailand Baht
THB ISO 4217 three-letter code for the Thai currency.

 
 
Theravada
เถรวาท
 
Doctrine of the Elders
Theravada Buddhism is the most common form practised in Thailand.


 
 
Tinglish
 
Thai English
Imperfect English formed by combining English language with aspects of Thai language and grammar.
Synonymns - Thinglish, Thenglish, Thailish.


 
 
T.I.T.
 
This is Thailand
Expression often used by farangs in resignation to aspects of Thailand they find incomprehensible, illogical, or unacceptable.


 
 
TOT
 
TOT Public Company Limited
ทีโอที
TOT State-owned company providing fixed phone lines and other communication services throughout Thailand. Formerly known as the Telephone Organisation of Thailand.
www.tot.co.th

 
 
TrueVisions
ทรูวิชั่นส์
 
TrueVisions Subscription satellite and cable television service in Thailand formerly known as UBC.
www.truevisionstv.com

 
 
TT&T
 
TT&T Public Company Limited
บริษัททีทีแอนด์ที จำกัด(มหาชน)
TT&T Public company providing fixed phone lines and other communication services throughout Thailand. TT&T was originally an acronym of Thai Telephone & Telecommunication.
www.ttt.co.th

 
 
Tuk Tuk
ตุ๊กตุ๊ก
 
Tuk Tuk Three wheeled motorised taxi named after the sound made by its two stroke engine. Some areas have adopted a four wheeled version based on mini pick-up trucks, looking more like miniature songthaews. Motorised samlors are also sometimes referred to as Tuk Tuks.

 
 
UBC
 
United Broadcasting Corporation
UBC Subscription television service in Thailand renamed to UBC True in 2006 and TrueVisions in 2007.
www.truevisionstv.com

 
 
UKBA
 
UK Border Agency
UKBA See UKVI.
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

 
 
UKVI
 
UK Visas and Immigration
UKVI A division of the Home Office responsible for the UK visa system. (Formerly known as the IND, BIA and UKBA.)
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

 
 
VAC
 
Visa Application Centre
An authorised company dealing with arrangements for the receipt and return of visa applications on behalf of the British Embassy.
(see also VFS).

 
 
VCD
 
Video Compact Disc
VCD A standard format for storing video on a Compact Disc using MPEG-1 compression. SVCD is a slightly better version using MPEG-2. Still very popular throughout Asia, it preceded the higher quality DVD by many years.

 
 
VFS
 
VFS Global Group
VFS Independent company outsourced to deal with visa applications.
(see also VAC).
www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Thailand/

 
 
VOA
 
Visa on Arrival
A visa granted upon arrival in a country without prior application.

 
 
VV
 
Visitor Visa
Unofficial but frequently used abbreviation.


 
 
Wah
วา
 
Unit of length
1 wah = 1 วา = 2 metres
1 square wah = 1 ตารางวา = 4 square metres
100 square wah = 100 ตารางวา = 1 ngan



 
 
Wat
วัด
 
Temple
Thai word for a (Buddhist) Temple.


 
 
WU
 
Western Union
Popular international money transfer service.
www.westernunion.co.uk

 


 

The following are a small selection of common internet chat acronyms.
Listed alphabetically.

 
giffgaff
 
 

555

  Ha! Ha! Ha!
(Thai language specific)
 
 

AFAIK

  As Far As I Know  
 

BTW

  By The Way  
 

DNFTT

  Do Not Feed The Trolls  
 

IIRC

  If I Recall/Remember Correctly  
 

IMHO

  In My Humble Opinion  
 

IMO

  In My Opinion  
 

IOW

  In Other Words  
 

LMHO

  Laughing My Head Off  
 

LOL

  Laughing Out Loud  
 

OP

  Original Poster
(The person who started a topic)
 
 

OTOH

  On The Other Hand  
 

THX

  Thanks  
 

TIA

  Thanks In Advance  
 

WFM

  Works For Me  
 


 

Thailand Bank SWIFT Codes

Listed alphabetically.
 
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Bangkok Bank

 

BKKB TH BK

 
 

Bank of Asia

 

BKAS TH BK

 
 

Bank of Ayudhya

 

AYUD TH BK

 
 

Government Savings Bank

 

GSBA TH B1

 
 

Kasikorn Bank

 

KASI TH BK

 
 

Krung Thai Bank

 

KRTH TH BK

 
 

Siam City Bank

 

SITY TH BK

 
 

Siam Commercial Bank

 

SICO TH BK

 
 

Thai Military Bank

 

TMBK TH BK

 
 

UOB Radanasin Bank

 

RSBX TH BK

 
 


 

Thailand IATA Airport Codes

Listed alphabetically.
 
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Bangkok (Don Muang)

 

DMK

 

Nan

 

NNT

 
 

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

 

BKK

 

Narathiwat

 

NAW

 
 

Ban Mak Khaeng

 

BAO

 

Pattani

 

PAN

 
 

Buriram

 

BFY

 

Pattaya

 

PYX

 
 

Chiang Mai

 

CNX

 

Phanom Sarakham

 

PMM

 
 

Chiang Rai

 

CEI

 

Phitsanulok

 

PHS

 
 

Chumpon

 

CJM

 

Phrae

 

PRH

 
 

Hat Yai

 

HDY

 

Phuket

 

HKT

 
 

Hua Hin

 

HHQ

 

Ranong

 

UNN

 
 

Kamphaeng Saen

 

KOP

 

Sakon Nakhon

 

SNO

 
 

Khok Kathiam

 

KKM

 

Songkhla

 

SGZ

 
 

Khon Kaen

 

KKC

 

Sukhothai

 

THS

 
 

Koh Samui

 

USM

 

Surat Thani

 

URT

 
 

Krabi

 

KBV

 

Tak

 

TKT

 
 

Lampang

 

LPT

 

Takhli

 

TKH

 
 

Loei

 

LOE

 

Trang

 

TST

 
 

Mae Hong Son

 

HGN

 

Ubon Ratchathani

 

UBP

 
 

Mae Sot

 

MAQ

 

Udon Thani

 

UTH

 
 

Nakhon Ratchasima

 

NAK

 

U-Taphao

 

UTP

 
 

Nakhon Si Thammarat

 

NST

 

Uttaradit

 

UTR

 
 

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