What is a Butterfly in Thailand?

Last updated: August 18th, 2017 | in Learn Thai | Thai Girls

Thailand Butterfly

If a Thai girl tells you she thinks you are a butterfly don’t worry it’s nothing bad, she just thinks you are a playboy, have sex with a lot of other girls and are unable to have a serious relationship.

“Butterfly” is one of these words Thai people gave a new meaning and just use them when talking to foreigners in English, similar to “boom boom” the common expression for “to fuck”. Thai people never use the Thai translation of these words when talking to each other.

  • Butterfly in Thai = pǐi sʉ̂a (ผีเสื้อ)

So a Thai girl will never tell a Thai guy he is a pǐi sʉ̂a, a butterfly. Of course there is a Thai word for playboy and if you speak Thai with the girl she will use that one instead:

  • Playboy in Thai = kon jâo chúu (คนเจ้าชู้)

Kon is the Thai word for person and jâo chúu the adjective that describes the habit of guys having several girlfriends (what Thai people call giks).

Of course it’s not just guys that can be playboys, playgirls, butterflies or whatever you can say both, if she talks to you in English she will say butterfly (many Thai people don’t even know that word if their English is bad) and if she talks to you in Thai she would say “kun bpen kon jâo chúu” – “You are a playboy.”

If you see a Thai girl that has a butterfly tattoo you know straight away that she has lots of Farang boyfriends. Most of these girls are hookers.

Good Thai girls generally don’t have tattoos at all and if you see a butterfly tattoo on her sexy shoulder you know that she’s probably not the type of girl you want to have a relationship with. But of course that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun to hang out with her.

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14 Comments on "What is a Butterfly in Thailand?"

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Realman
Realman
You f****g Euros that come here and assimilate so casually into the sex trade are straight up pieces of shit. You dumb, selfish bastards actually think that it’s just a way of life in Thailand and that it’s some kind of a mutually beneficial thing. News flash. This filthy sex shit is a disgusting epidemic here and the women that do it not only ruin their own lives but they also diminish the self respect of all the ones that actually want to have a respectable life. So, would you really be okay with your f****g daughter, sister, mom or… Read more »
Farang
Farang
I do agree with the notion of the loss of self respect and or a somewhat diminished life. To blame everyone else other than how their parents raised them or how the government/monarchy, do not seem to push for educating their own people who live in rural areas, or slums or just not seem to care for their own peoples welfare, all seems to play a larger role that foreigners coming for a visit, and spending $$ on girls. Prostitution has been going on now for what…..2000-4000 YEARS! There are always going to be women, and some men, who will… Read more »
Smeghead
Smeghead
I disagree with Farang on how far back prostitution goes. It’s not thousands of years (I assume Farang thinks that prostitution arose with agriculture), but millions. Prostitution has been seen in animals. Hundreds of thousands or millions. Not thousands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_among_animals As for the morality and the negative effects on society, all I can say is that the evidence doesn’t support that assertion. Countries like the Netherlands, Denmark and Brazil hardly seem to be countries suffering from some sort of social collapse. The countries which seem to be suffering from the most social turmoil are those which go out of their… Read more »
Jao Chou
Jao Chou

Actually Jao Chou comes from the identical Japanese word that literally means butterfly.

In Thai language it means a men who fucks around.

For the insect Thais use the word peeswua , and they never use this word for sexually hiperactive men.

If you come to Pattaya,just enjoy and be a Jao Chou, a butterfly , screw as many girls as you can.

Do not spend more than a day with the same girl,as this way you can avoid falling in love.

And the most important : always use condom and always make sure your partner is above 18!

Greg
Greg
Hi, just here too confirm that she actually was a bargirl. Met up with here friend today (back in the place we’ve met first time) and after some drinks she told me all. I am not sad, feel happy after all but stupid at the same time I did not found that out myself lol. Well had sex with many girls since I left here place so that’s cool, but it still feels like a big rookie mistake Yikes! So this ends our conversation huh you were right about it and I am glad you told me about it. We… Read more »
Greg
Greg
Hi there, You’re site is so informative and really helpfull for a first timer in Thailand like me. Although I do not go to bars and hooker areas (maybe in the future for the experience) Early guy in my 20’s so in my short stay I’ve met a lot of thai woman. My first experience was with a really cute thai which I stayed a week with before moving to another place (traveling around the country) And I loved the time we had of course I’ve paid for everything when we go out and about but I refused too pay… Read more »
Paul
Paul

How acurate is this depiction of the butterfly on the shoulder IE hooker? just interested to know if you can shed some more light on this.. thanks

David
David

HI, after my 11yr exp . . . i can say a Butterfly tattoo is 97% associated with Hooker / bar girl .

Rank
Rank

Thank you for the very accurate and informative articles you have written. I have been to Thailand more than sixteen times but I still find the stuff you have written very useful and spot-on. Yes, you are living the dream man!
Best regards,
Rank