Seven Ways to Ask for the Price in Thai
The Thai language has multiple options to ask for the price of an object. See the examples.
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Lingo Ninja Research Team
2 min read · published May 15, 2021 · last update June 16, 2021
This article is a summary of all the different ways to ask for a price. More in-depth grammar explanations can be found in the article How Much Do You Love Me? (Questions of Degree in Thai).

"How much is ...?" for tourists

If you are a tourist and want to know the price of an object, you can simply point at it and say: 
This literally means "how much" + adds a polite particle.





Note: The Thai language uses special words, so-called polite particles, to convey politeness. These are words like คะ question for women
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and ครับ polite word for men
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. Except for the sentence above, all other examples in this article drop the polite particles to keep them short and gender-neutral - but you should NOT do that in real life. Please always use polite particles. To learn more, please read our article on Thai polite particles.

How much vs. How much is the price

To ask for the price, you can use the simple pattern: 
  • How much is [object]?
    [object] + เท่าไหร่ how much; not quite
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    ?
But this a simplification of the full pattern, which is also used often:
Both questions expect an answer with a number, e.g. "5 Baht".

Examples

Q: How much is this?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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เท่าไหร่ how much; not quite
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - how much?

Q: How much is the price of this?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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ราคา price
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เท่าไหร่ how much; not quite
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - price - how much?

A:  Five Baht.
      ห้า 5
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บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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      Literally: five - Baht

How expensive is ...

This allows also non-numeric answers, like "very expensive". Here is the pattern:

Examples

Q: How expensive is this?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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แพง expensive
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แค่ไหน how much
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - expensive - how much?

Note: You cannot combine ราคา price
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and แค่ไหน how much
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. Instead, you have to use แพง expensive
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.

How many Baht is ...

There is a third way of asking for the price, using กี่ how many
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, the Thai word for "how much" and บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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, "Baht", the currency of Thailand. So, we can ask:
The answer would be:

Example

Q: How many Baht is this?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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กี่ how many
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บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - how many - Baht?
A:  Five Baht.
      ห้า 5
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บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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      Literally: five - Baht

Price per something

If you ask for the price per something (like price per kilo), the possible patterns are:
  • How much is [object] per [something]?
    [object] + [something] + ละ per; indicates state changes or situations about to change
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    + เท่าไหร่ how much; not quite
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    ?





  • How many Baht is [object] per [something]?
    [object] + [something] + ละ per; indicates state changes or situations about to change
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    + กี่ how many
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    + บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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    ?

Example

Q: How much is this per kilo?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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กิโล kilometer; kilogram
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ละ per; indicates state changes or situations about to change
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เท่าไหร่ how much; not quite
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - kilo(gram) - per - how much?

Q: How many Baht is this per kilo?
     อัน general quantifier for small objects
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นี้ this
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กิโล kilometer; kilogram
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ละ per; indicates state changes or situations about to change
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กี่ how many
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บาท Baht (currency of Thailand)
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?
     Literally: Thing - this - kilo(gram) - per - how many - Baht?






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