100+ Thailand Quotes | The best quotes and captions about Thailand

It’s no secret that we love Thailand. From chowing down on mango sticky rice in Chiang Mai to barreling around Bangkok to see the many, many sights of this cosmopolitan city, Thailand has so much to offer – brilliant beaches, world-class cuisine, cities crammed with temples and things to do, and a whole host of adrenalin activities to keep even the most avid thrill seekers happy. But how do you capture it on social media, or to accompany a snap? Well, in this guide we’ve got you covered in that department – we’ve collected over 150 of the best Thailand quotes and captions about Thailand, the Land of Smiles.

So, if you just can’t find the words, just read on below… 

Top 10 Quotes about Thailand

While Thailand might be a laidback paradise, perhaps you’re in a bit of a hurry when it comes to finding the perfect Thai caption? In that case, you’re in luck – we’ve put our favourite ten Thailand puns, sayings and quotes below:

  1. A man in Thailand was arrested with more than 10,000 pairs of stolen underwear. Legal experts are expecting a brief trial. Jimmy Fallon
  2. Bangkok is also safe. If you see anybody wearing camouflage holding a machete, don’t be scared. They sell coconuts. Bobby Lee
  3. Bangkok is the queen of 3 a.m., the spiritual home of those hours that are dead in most places of the world but lit up here with a carnival intensity. Pico Iyer
  4. I wanted to see Thailand. So I went. And I had a good time. F. Murray Abraham
  5. I’m tongue Thai’d
  6. Meandering cows, tenacious bicyclers, belching taxis, rickshaws, fearless pedestrians, and the occasional mobile cigarette and sweets’ stand all fought our taxi for a room on the narrow two-lane road turned local byway. Jennifer S. Alderson
  7. One of the dreams on my wish list is to spend more time in Thailand. Kevin Kwan
  8. Thailand was the transforming experience of my life. Thailand is where I grew up. Charles Murray
  9. There are no short cuts to any place worth going. Thai proverb
  10. What a Thai to be alive!

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Famous and Beautiful Quotes about Thailand

It’s been immortalized on screen (hello, The Beach!) and in many reams of literature, which makes Thailand a place that many a famous author and celebrity has waxed lyrical about. With that in mind, below you’ll find some of the most quotable quotes about Thailand, all perfect to pair with an Instagram post, a short caption or really for any social media platform of your choice!

Bangkok, like Las Vegas, sounds like a place where you make bad decisions. Todd Phillips

Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found the magic elixir. Life, a visitor feels, has not been wasted on the Thais. Bernard Kalb

Having never taken a decent holiday before, I decided on a trip to Thailand, booked a flight and flew out the following week. Mate, I loved it. The friendly people, the food, the females! Simon Palmer

How I love Bangkok! It’s so teeming with everything that should be forbidden. I’m not just talking about the sex trade. I also mean the ways of driving, the ways of putting up buildings, environmental management arrangements, the continual attention of con artists and snatch-thieves, and the quaint local custom of peeing in side-streets. John Dolan

I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies. Jean-Georges Vongerichten

I like Thailand, and I love coming to Asia with the whole vibe, food, temperature, and climate. Alistair Overeem

In essence, the Thai people are not materialistic at all. They’re not in the least driven by the kind of ambition that drives us. The more I got to know them, and the more time I spent with them, the more I understood that this was a totally legitimate attitude to life, and why not? John Burdett

Just studying Buddhism, then meditating and going to Buddhist monasteries, talking to Buddhist monks, combined with the Thai people themselves, changed the way I look at the world. John Burdett

Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better. Simon Raven

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone. Wendell Berry

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. Henry David Thoreau

Once I decided to move to Thailand, it changed all my life and my personality. Jasmine Jazz

Today, Bangkok cuisine can be described as an indigenous Central cuisine with heavy influences from a heady blend of foreign cultures – Chinese, Mon, Persian, Portuguese, modern European, North American, and more – resulting in a beautiful, quirky mix that locals and visitors alike can’t get enough of. Leela Punyaratabandhu

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Funny Thailand Quotes

Getting lost in the streets of Bangkok or catching the wrong ferry (or two) after a night on a Thai island beach – it’s all the allure and the hilarity that is travelling in Thailand. Need to capture that humour? Use one of these funny captions about Thailand:

Everyone’s so nice in Thailand, and it’s a beautiful place – the temples, the culture. But everyone’s so nice that it’s almost inefficient. Scot Armstrong

I have smuggled so many ingredients across so many borders, like shallot confit from Thailand. Blake Lively

I’d say the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand. Simon Cowell

I’ve been to Indonesia, but I’ve never been to Thailand. I hear the people are lovely, the food is delicious, and that the heat and humidity are lethal. Ed Helms

If Thailand is one of the best countries to eat in, in Chiang Mai, it’s a particularly good city to find yourself hungry. Anthony Bourdain

No need for Jesus and the Lord Buddha to fight. Carol Hollinger

OH MY GOD! In Thailand, they’ve got the spiciest food I’ve ever had in my life! Nick Carter

On that trip, I learnt something very important. Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I’d forgotten England even existed. Alex Garland

Shopping in Thailand is super cheap and generally high quality. Bangkok is also safe. If you see anybody wearing camouflage holding a machete, don’t be scared. They sell coconuts. Bobby Lee

The craziest place I ever had s** was on a plane. I was on my way to Thailand. We got stuck in the bathroom and the stewardess wasn’t too impressed! Anika Shay

There is a life before and after the voyage, there is a life before and after Thailand. Gregg Bkk

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Puns about Thailand

In case you’re just looking for a short snippet, or something to print on that achingly bad Thai t-shirt you purchased in the market, here are a few phenomenal Thai puns you could use:

Banana roti cream pie

Bangkok-a-doodle-doo

Ba-Samui

Buddha, Buddha, Buddha, rockin’ everywhere

Chiang Mai, Miss American Pie

Chitty, chitty Bangkok.

Come and tuk-tuk me into bed

Curry on my wayward son

Eye of the Thai-ger

I think, therefore Siam

I’m coconuts for Thailand.

In Thailand, I love a Khao Soi latte

It sure is rice to be here!

It’s so easy it’s a piece of banana pancake

Keep calm and Karon on.

Kiss my glass noodles

Monkey Pad See, Monkey Ew

Once Udon a time

Pattaya cake

Phuket, we’ll do it live

Phuket, we’re going to Thailand!

Rice and shine!

She’s my cherry Pai.

Stop Chaweng with your mouth open.

Thai and stop me.

Thai Tanic

The game ended in a Thai

The Mamas and the Papayas

This is the best Thai food I’ve ever pad

Wat the hell?

Yeah, you got that Tom Yum-my yum

You won’t be Thai Thai

You’re a Chiang Rai of light.

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Quotes about Thai food

You can’t explore Thailand without entirely having a taste explosion at one of the many markets and food stalls dotted across the country. In this section we pull together some of the most palate-pleasing quotes about Thai food, to get your tastebuds tingling…

‘For ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ we got to travel all over, having five-stars like a cross between a culinary competition and races. And in each country, we had a chef Ambassador. We went to London, Barcelona, Bologna, Hong Kong, Thailand, Morocco. It was amazing. Curtis Stone

As the capital, Bangkok is naturally the first city that comes to mind when people think of Thailand, and as the centre of government, Bangkok does represent the entire country. But culturally and culinarily, the city can not be considered representative of any other place but itself – not even the Central region of which it is part. In other words, Bangkok is unique and so is its food. Leela Punyaratabandhu

Despite the fact that the majority of Thais are devoted to the teachings of Theravada Buddhism, vegetarian practice is rare. Even the Theravada Buddhist monks may be unable to follow a vegetarian diet, since they vow to live simply, subsisting on whatever the people provide for them. Nancie McDermott

Food is almost certainly the best way to learn about Thailand. I was both overwhelmed by and obsessed with Thailand’s a cuisine, but I also found the food a way to improve my language skills, meet people, and learn about the culture. Austin Bush

Fresh from the river or preserved in concrete forms, fish is a profoundly important part of the traditional diet, along with prodigious amounts of the quintessential Thai dish, plain rice. Next in importance are abundant vegetables, raw and cooked, followed by noodles, fruit and the universe of sweets and snacks known as kinome. Then comes meat, often appearing in small amounts as a seasoning in a soup, curry, or stir-fry, rather than as a separate dish. Often the quantity of meat and the frequency with which it appears are a function of expense rather than principle. Nancie McDermott

I ate some really amazing food in Thailand. I had a river turtle, and dried rat, which was quite chewy and interesting and a bit like biltong. John Torode

I can cook because my life depended on it when I lived in Thailand. Either I learnt cooking, or I learnt how it felt to starve. I chose cooking. Akshay Kumar

I know I’m back in Thailand…Not just Thailand, but Northern Thailand. Once known as the kingdom of a million rice fields, it’s a fertile, green, and gorgeous area, home of the ancient Latta people. Welcome to Chiang Mai Province, tucked up near the borders of Burma, China, Laos, India not too far away. All of them have left their mark on the food. Anthony Bourdain

I love the food in Thailand because of the exotic spices they use. Their style of cooking is unique to their culture and always amazing. Venus Williams

In my travels, I also noticed that kids in Thailand like spicy food and kids in India love curry. I’m hoping to introduce my son, Hudson, to lots of veggikinome spices when he’s young. I say that before he’s started on solid foods, so it could long-forgotten theory than practice! Curtis Stone

Street stalls, be they in Korea, Thailand or anywhere else in Asia, in a covered market or simply on a street corner with a few brightly coloured plastic stools and tables, are my favourite places in the world to eat. John Torode

Thailand’s seafood industry is the third-largest in the world. And much of it is ending up on our dinner tables. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

The first thing I do whenever I go to Thailand is seek out the closest restaurant or stall selling mango-and-sticky rice: it’s a little hillock of glutinous rice drenched in lashings of coconut milk and served with fresh mango. Hanya Yanagihara

The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, ‘I’m not interested,’ or you’re unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don’t understand that, and I think it’s rude. You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you. Anthony Bourdain

There is so much more vegetable use in Thailand, India and China than meat. Yes, when you go to the markets or buy street food, you see shrimp or chicken – but mostly vegetables. Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Welcome to Chiang Mai Province, tucked up near the borders of Burma, China, Laos, India not too far away. All of them have left their mark on the food. Anthony Bourdain

Thailand Travel Quotes

If your whole reason for arriving here is to find a cracking quote about travelling in Thailand, then we’ve got the right quote for you. In this little section we tackle some of the travel-related captions about Thailand, with a few more generic options thrown in for good measure…

A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles. Tim Cahill

As soon as she’d met him at the arrivals gate on his return from Thailand, lithe and brown and shaven-headed, she knew that there was no chance of a relationship between them. Too much had happened to him, too little had happened to her. David Nicholls

Hua Hin is Thailand’s royal beach resort and home to the king’s summer palace. The local food is fantastic, the weather is beautiful, everything’s cheap and the Thai people are so friendly and warm. Prue Leith

I didn’t get the impression that the policeman cared much about the whole thing either. After another thirty minutes of ruthless interrogation (‘Can you verify you eat banana’ pancake?’) he let me go asking me not to leave Khao San within 24 hours. Alex Garland

I imagine that when most people think of Bangkok, somewhere in the first couple of things that jump to mind, in between monks and sex shows, is a prison. Being banged up behind bars is never going to be easy, but I’m telling you now you particularly do want to end up in a Thai prison. Susan Aldous

I particularly love the silk in Jakarta, the shoes in Tokyo and the amazing cloth from Thailand and Malaysia. Leo Sayer

If a studio is going to offer me the opportunity to invite my mother and grandmother and all my friends to visit me free of charge in Thailand, I’m going to take that opportunity. Leonardo DiCaprio

One of Thailand’s strongest selling points is your ability to visit on virtually any budget. Pay 200USD a night to sleep and dine like a king or queen, or get by on 10 – 15USD a night at a small hostel. Eat lavish steak dinners or buffets in five-star hotels or some humble noodles from a street stall. Chris Backe

Reaching for the basket of sex accoutrements, she took a thin, red tube, squeezed some clear gel onto her fingertips and returned to fondle his balls. ‘What’s that?’ he asked, feeling a warm, tingling sensation around his genitals. ‘You not try before?’ She smiled saucily. He shook his head. ‘Special for you’. Simon Palmer

Thailand stands at a crossroads. Thaksin Shinawatra

Thailand was a revelation to me; the landscapes, the culture, the food and the people. Fiona Bruce

Thailand was never a European colony, so even though the city is very Western on the surface, deep down it’s very Asian. It’s quite enigmatic, and I like that. I can’t get to the bottom of Bangkok, and I never will. Lawrence Osborne

The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Khao San Road. Alex Garland

The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown. Paul Theroux

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going. Paul Edward Theroux

Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love. Brian Chesky

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain

Travel is like knowledge. The more you see, the more you know you haven’t seen. Mark Hertsgaard

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Battuta

Unfortunately, the number of foreign prisoners had increased over the years. Thailand attracts lots of people who think they can make their fortune here. Unemployment is rife. The Russians gangs in Pattaya kidnap Thai women and send them abroad in their brothels. Foreign criminals, I can’t remember the nationality, tricked a compatriot to come to Thailand and open up a bar. When he did so, they killed him and stole all his money. Chavoret Jaruboon

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru

When I was in Thailand, I went into the up-country because Marco Polo didn’t get down into the fleshpots of Bangkok because they didn’t exist in those days. Gary Jennings

Interesting Thailand Instagram captions

None of the options above tickled your Thailand quote bone? Here are a few more good options that might fit your fancy…

I love Samui in the wee small hours. I especially love it on nights like this when the white moon stares down from the blackness like the pockmarked eye of a blind god. At such times, when the island’s bright signs have paled to grey and the broom of sleep has swept the revellers to their beds, my mind’s cynical crust cracks open a little, and some fanciful poetry leaks in. Then the dark hills appear to me as slumbering prehistoric leviathans, the clouds assume the air of restless ghosts, and the moon-dusted sea murmurs in some long-forgotten tongue of the divine. John Dolan

I’ve been visiting Thailand for more than 20 years but didn’t fall in love with it until I visited Phuket Town in Phuket. The northern part of Phuket is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been, and largely unspoilt and unknown. Tony Parsons

Not every one that retires to Thailand has a spotless background. Some may have moved here to escape the law, escape a wife, escape family, escape their company, or escape their past. There are many foreigners that claim to be something they are not. They may claim to be an attorney or an expert at getting a visa for your wife or girlfriend when they are just your average expat trying to make a buck legally or otherwise. Lawrence Westfall

Some of the streets are, however, genuinely narrow. These same streets may not be filled with machine-gun fire and the dramatic screech of violins, but they overflow with the invisible and innumerable banana of the human heart. Love continues to minister here, but betrayal still wears its perfidious face, hatred hollows out the weak man’s breast, revenge pursues its self-defeating course; and the unfulfilled dreams of the multitude haunt the island like so many hungry ghosts. John Dolan

Strange and mysterious things, though, aren’t they – earthquakes? We take it for granted that the earth beneath our feet is solid and stationary. We even talk about people being ‘down to earth’ or having their feet firmly planted on the ground. But suddenly one day we see that it isn’t true. The earth, the boulders, that are supposed to be solid, all of a sudden turn as mushy as the liquid. Haruki Murakami

Thailand was built on compassion. Bhumibol Adulyadej

The crystal-clear water in Thailand offers the best swimming and snorkelling experience’ -Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters‘We’re going to Koh Lukmak, the last in a long chain of Andaman Islands, a tiny fortress of forest and stone. Ma’s boss had a picture of Lukmak on the office bulletin board for years and Ma said she wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The fine sand. The turquoise water. The millions of fishes swimming in the shallow. Her boss had called it a paradise, and though I remember Ma telling me as a child that Thailand was only a paradise for fools and farangs, for criminals and foreigners, she’s willing to give it a chance now. If paradise is really out there, so close to home, she might as well go and see for herself.’ Rattawut Lapcharoensa

The day on which she turned eleven, Grandfather Bill had presented her with her very own orchid. ‘This is especially for you, Julia. Its name is ‘Aerides odorata,’ which means ‘children of the air. ‘Julia studied the delicate ivory and pink petals of the flower sitting in its pot. They felt velvety beneath her touch. “Where does this one come from, Grandfather Bill?” she had asked. “From the Orient, in the jungles of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.” “Oh. What kind of music do you think it likes? It seems particularly partial to a touch of Mozart,” chuckled her grandfather. “Or if it looks like it’s wilting, perhaps you could try some Chopin! Lucinda Riley

Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes. I would say a private paradise in the Caribbean. If you want culture and class, I would say Tuscany. If you want exotic, I would say Bangkok, Thailand. Robin Leach

Long captions about Thailand

Perhaps you don’t want a brief snippet about your jaunt in the Land of Smiles, and want a bit longer to spout about your travels? In that case, definitely one of these lengthier options to hit the spot.

Death, the pathologist says, “the way a culture views death defines its attitude to life. Forgive me, but sometimes the West gives the impression of being in denial. The Thai attitude is a little different.”What’s so different about Thailand?”Oh, it’s not Thailand in particular. The whole of Southeast Asia has the ghost bug – the Malaysians are even worse than us. There are no statistics, of course, but to listen to Thais, you would likely conclude that the undead outnumber the living by a hundred to one. John Burdet

I cannot emphasise enough to the people who come to see Thailand – be very careful! Be on your guard. If you come here to sell or buy drugs there are plenty of people waiting to catch you, including police who will falsify evidence to arrest you. Drugs are completely illegal here. There are spies everywhere, especially watching for foreigners who might break our laws. The prostitutes that you sleep with just might be working for the police. Thailand is more dangerous than you think. Chavoret Jaruboon

I discovered that Thailand was one of those countries, like Sri Lanka and India, where the memory of past lives used to be commonplace. Go back a few generations, and you find people talking about earlier lives with total certainty. John Burdett

I had the opportunity to go cast for a Hollywood film that was filming in Thailand called ‘Mortal Kombat 2.’ Out of 100 people, I was cast to be the stunt double for Robin Shou. Tony Jaa

I think East Asian countries, I think they’re very fortunate to have Buddhism survive as a strong influence because right from the time when Buddha himself, 2,500 years ago, made the point about the importance of education, and the word Buddha also means enlightened or educated. So all the Buddhist countries, not only Japan and Korea and China and Hong Kong and Thailand but also even Burma and Sri Lanka, had a higher level of education. Amartya Sen

I’ve always had an interest in Muay Thai fighting. I love the discipline and toughness of it, so I travelled to Thailand to easy ways to incorporate it into my style. Rusev

It could be argued that, in Thailand, many foreigners have come and gone, and the number of people who are considered to be Thai have traveled abroad in a great number. Bhumibol Adulyadej

No overview of Thailand, no matter how brief, would be complete without a mention of the ‘katoey’ in the make-up of the nation. And make-up is probably the operative word. It is a sobering thought for all the testosterone-fuelled lads who come to visit Thailand, that the best looking women are always men. Sad in some ways, but true and almost understandable. Iain Corness

Overall, I think Thailand is quite accepting of transgender and homosexual people. I think this acceptance is largely due to a combination of surgically enhanced or hormonally induced beauty, higher levels of education and the ladyboy reputation as being emblematic of Thailand. Many ladyboys represent Thailand in international contests for transgender beauty pageants and we’re usually amongst the top finalists. Pornchai Sereemongkonpol

The fact that television and tourism have made the whole world accessible has created the illusion that we enjoy intimate knowledge of other places when we barely scratch their surface. For the vast majority, the knowledge of Thailand or Sri Lanka acquired through tourism consists of little more than the whereabouts of the beach. Martin Jacques

The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, ‘I’m not interested,’ or you’re unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don’t understand that, and I think it’s rude. You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you. Anthony Bourdain

The really nice thing about the town of Hua Hin – and Thailand generally – is that it’s so safe. You can walk around the night market, for example, with complete confidence. Prue Leith

You take a vacation to a place like Thailand and you’re ready for the excitement of something new and foreign. But when you’re working 14-hour days, all you want is something familiar to ground you. And there’s just nothing there. Ed Helms


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