How to Switch between English and Thai on Google Maps
I love using the google maps, both for exploring from the comfort of my own home and for when I am out and about in my car or on my bicycle. However, the problem with maps in Thailand these days for foreign tourists is that it is in the Thai language by default. Many people keep asking me how to change it. At first I thought that it was looking at your IP address, and seeing that you are in Thailand changed the language to Thai. But, apparently, there is an easy setting that you can change to get English.
All you have to do is select “English” in the drop down list in the top right-hand corner where you can see the links for “Earth” and “Satellite”. It’s that simple. I am not sure how long that has been there. I only found out last night from @bm_ about this. It’s good that they do this now but it doesn’t seemed to work when you link to a map. So, if I tweet a link to a google map you will need to make sure that you have selected “English” in the preferences otherwise it will be in Thai. If you have any other useful tips like this, then please let me know in the comments.
19 thoughts on “How to Switch between English and Thai on Google Maps”
On my map it’s on the left hand upper corner.
Three little bars and scroll down until you see Language.
Google map suks big time – useless as a chocolate teapot.
Makes you wonder what brains those idiot programmers have – bugger all.
I couldn’t find ‘the links for “Earth” and “Satellite”’ in ‘the top right-hand corner’. However, I noticed that the URL (in the URL field at the top of the browser) contain “hl=th” at the end. I changed that to “hl=en”, hit Enter, and all the labels changed from Thai to English.
Like you I am in Thailand, about a couple of years ago when using Google Maps, I was able to get directions entirely in English. Now I find there is a mixture of Thai and English. The directions will say turn left or right as the case may be, or take road number whatever, but if it wants you to take a turn or follow a direction where it is going to give a place name/town or otherwise, it gives it in Thai. It never used to do this, and some time ago I complained to Google who said they were aware of the problem but unable to do anything about it at present. Do you have the same problem? or can you get round it. I know you can copy and paste the directions to have them translated but this is a pain in the butt and it doesn’t always give a correct translation
2 years later and this issue still exists! Help! Anyone? Sick of hearing “I love Google Maps. ” Also G-maps does not give enough voice directions to be useful. Any way to help BOTH issues? Thx.
Is there a way to do this now that Google maps has updated?
This is not specifically about goole maps, but the ‘automatic language change’ in google that has everybody annoyed…myself included. My case mite vary a little. Every week or so google search switches back to thai from english, and I found a solution for me. I have an iPad, and a macbook….I gave my iPad to the little thai wife to use in her shop. I asked her if she had the same problem ….switching to english.
Somewhere along the line I synced my iPad with my mb, and iMac…big mistake. Now whoever uses the search switches it on the other cmptr. I just switched her iPad to Yahoo search, and everything is ok. Hope you find this info helpful.
Thanks, but Google Maps is still partly in Thai for me.
Good tip, but it doesn’t appear on my phone with the new google maps…
What about iPad that do not have this drop down menu?
Not for maps but I have a way to stop Google annoyingly redirecting to the local version of it’s search results.
Just type /ncr at the end of the google url ie. http://www.google.com/ncr
This stands for “No Country Redirect” and gives you the standard Google results without the localized version of results including local language sites.
Great tip. Thanks!
Yes, that’s it! I was using google.com and I guess it didn’t check my IP. Thanks as always.
Not on my map. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Tz5iEn-IlwHdJzO3eRtH0n3iqZqYJ9trVYNFreOCstk?feat=directlink
You seem to have English already on the map and so it is not really an issue for you 🙂
So I cannot switch back to Thai if I wish?
Are you using google.co.th? Or maybe is your IP showing that you are outside of Thailand?
Thanks for this tip.
I also found Street View to be extremely useful, especially when navigating to places which I’ve not been to. One can easily do screen-capture, and store them into your mobile device for quick easy and accurate reference when on the road. This would be extra helpful for those without a mobile internet plan, as the image can be shown to the taxi driver as well.
As a bonus, one can also decide to view Street View in 3D, with a simple pair of red & blue 3D glasses. They cost a mere 150Baht at Panthip Mall.
Another use for Google Maps, is the ability right-click, and “drop Lat Ling Marker”. That way, you’ll have the GPS coordinates of the place which you intend to get to. Which you can also copy-paste into your favourite GPS Mobile software.
Hope this helps