What is the Difference between a Faen and a Gik?

Last updated: January 9th, 2018 | in Learn Thai | Thai Girls

You might have met Thai girls that have told you she thinks you are a butterfly and have many girls, much sex, and can’t have a serious relationship with anyone. The next thing she might be telling you is that therefore you have many Giks. Now what exactly is a Gik?

  • Gik: gík (กิ๊ก) = mistress or “fucking friend”

Generally the longer you live in Thailand the longer your list of phone numbers of fucking friends called Giks gets, means you just call them up and ask if they are free and want to hang out. Of course not only foreign guys in Thailand have Giks, it’s no different for most of Thai guys (as a result Thai men were voted the World’s Most Unfaithful Men in a January edition of the Bangkok Post). And also many Thai girls have their Giks, obviously all the hookers included. You can impress any Thai person with your Thai language skills by saying:

Kun mii gík yǝ́ (คุณมีกิ๊กเยอะ) = You have many fucking friends.

Side note: Another word for gík is chúu (ชู้) which really means like “lover” or “mistress”.

Now coming back to the question from the beginning, what is then the difference betwen a Gik and a Faen? That’s quite easy, now that you know that a Gik is your kind of fucking friend that you call up and see from time to time, the word “Feen” is the word for girlfriend or boyfriend.

  • Faen: fɛɛn (แฟน) = girlfriend, boyfriend

Interesting: The word faen comes from the English “fan”. So if you ask a girl if she has a Faen already (kun mii fɛɛn rʉ̆ʉ yang, คุณมีแฟนหรือยัง) and she says yes, better to ask what kind of “fan” – boyfriend of fiancé. Generally speaking, Faen is the term for someone you have a serious relationship with and therefore just the opposite than a Gik.

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Jason
Jason
Fascinating subject. As a British bloke (living in Oz) I’ve been with my Thai girlfriend for 4 years now and we get to see each other maybe 4 or 5 times a year and keep in daily contact using Line. I met her on ThaiFriendly while in London and to the best of my knowledge, shes never been a bar girl or worked in the trade. Currently a logistics clerk for Shilla duty free. During my last visit to Phuket we agreed to get married in the next six months or so. Funny thing is, since we decided to become… Read more »
Jack
Jack
Jason, I’m going to try to save your life here and share my experience with you to do so. My advice is to RUN. I was in your shoes two summers ago. For six years, I’d had a Thai girlfriend I met in America, and I thought I was the luckiest man in the world. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2006 with her family, we met in 2010, we had been living together since 2011, and were engaged since 2014. She only had one previous boyfriend, seemed completely faithful, seemed to hate anything promiscuous, and seemed to love family… Read more »
Jason
Jason
Gotta hand it to you Jack, sounds like you’ve had a real rough ride there. Thanks for sharing that mate; actually makes a lot of sense and sounds like you really did get properly railed by your girl. Hearts out to you man. Funny thing is, I was sure I had found the perfect catch right up to the point where I asked her to marry me. Since then, something I cant quite put my finger on hasn’t been right and my gut feelings have been in turmoil. I swear I saw her in my minds’ eye, enjoying another dick.… Read more »
Stan
Stan

Hello mate,
Is your gf really in Phuket, isn’t she?
Then I tell you for sure she’ messing around 1000%.
I’ve ve been living in Thailand five years by now, retired, and been in all kinda situations, thin and thick , you know.
Thai girls don’t like to wait too long ,
maximum they can afford within 3 months.
And , yes , they like sex, one can appreciate it .
So you take it easy mate , take care.
Regards
Stan

Glenn
Glenn

So you had 1 bad experience and now it’s blaming Thai culture. Well to tell you cheating happens every where….

darklight
darklight

Lol the farang men are so naive and stupid….The only way for survive in South east Asia is to fuck and forget!!!!

Pete
Pete
Hi Mate, Thai mrs for 6 yrs (not married) and a farang noi is where I’m at. No illusions from the beginning and a world apart from my pervious 12 yr marriage in Aust. Im now 40, look after myself and I’m not bald or fat yet 😉 Ive seen everything in Thailand and pulled plenty of stunts up there myself. I have lived there and traversed the whole Kingdom, its an amazing place and becomes like a drug…. If you choose to start a realationship with a Thai Girl accept that there is a extremely high chance she will… Read more »
Stuart
Stuart

I might be the exception here! I have had eleven wonderful years of marriage to my Thai wife, but a couple of years began to suspect she had regained contact with an ex Thai boyfriend. I assured her it was ok and sure enough she confessed she had an ex that she still liked. Within months they were having wild sex again and she is open with me about it. I actually really enjoy that she does!

Stan
Stan

So what, you actually enjoy someone shagging her, is that so?
Is it about your age? I am trying to comprehend.

james
james

on a recent trip to bkk i found out my thai wife of 2 years has a canadian (gik or faen!) he just happens to be my wifes best friend(thai) of 7 years!!! and my so called friend in bkk. he lives and works there with his wife and my wife lives nearby.she has done it for purely fiscal gain(he offered her a better deal!) what is the probable outcome for me? regards!

kenny
kenny

Dear Stephan,
How do i open mouth and ask the thai girl i love (which been with me for a few months) if she treats me as a feen or a gik?
Her attitude suddenly turns all cold towards me for few weeks till now

Jerkso
Jerkso

Dude just drop it on her, chances are it something you done that made her act cold….. she might even be pissed at you about it still. Whatever just be straight up, worse that can happen is she breaks your heart, but at least you’ll know.

Good luck

Jack
Jack
Can you explain the appropriate context for ‘gik’ usage? Is it vulgar, or affectionate, or just factual? Only used between guys? Or what? I’ve only been to Thailand once on holiday for a week, but I can see how that list of contacts can grow nightly. Should, no, *when* I return, I’d like to be able negotiate gik-style relationships early on so no one is mislead. I’m looking to negotiate temporary open ongoing relationships, not a one-night stand, not a faen, not prostitution, and certainly not being a sponsor (ongoing financial support). So a gik-style relationship seems perfect. Can I… Read more »