How do we call Vientiane in Thai?

 

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Of course, the English pronunciation is “vian tian”. However, the way Thai people pronounce will sound like “wiang jan”. And no, do not confuse “Vientiane” with เวียนเทียน//wian thian which is referring to “walk with lighted candles in hand around a temple”.

เวียน//wian means to go around in circle.

เทียน//thian means a candle.

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Hence, เวียนเทียน//wian thian probably comes from the fact that we go around a temple, with a candle (together with 3 incenses/joss-sticks, and some flowers). We do this to commemorate the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Monk).

Without going into too much detail, here is what you should remember:

เวียนเทียนอยู่ที่วัด เวียงจันทร์อยู่ที่ลาว

Wian thian yòo thêe wát, Wiang jan yòo thêe Laao

“Wian Thian” is at the temple, “Vientiane” is in Laos.

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