What exactly does mai pen rai mean?
If you travel Thailand for any given amount of time, you will probably hear this expression many times….especially if something is going wrong or someone has lost their cool.
Mai Pen Rai sounds like “My pin rye”.This simple phrase sums up life in Thailand and the attitude there in general.
There are lots of different opinions on the direct translation, but it basically means “no worries” or “don’t worry about it“.
It was this attitude that helped Thailand to survive the emotional impact after the Tsunami.
This is ingrained into the very culture in Thailand and it is a great way to keep your head when things start going wrong.
If your bus breaks down, flip-flop breaks, or you miss your flight – don’t loose your cool, remember the “saving face” principle and just say “mai pen rai”!