What is the Difference between a Faen and a Gik?

Last updated: March 27th, 2024 | in Learn Thai | Thai Girls

Faen and Gik in Thailand

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 lover

Generally, the longer you live in Thailand the longer your list of phone numbers of lovers 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 many 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 the hookers included. You can impress any Thai person with your Thai language skills by saying:

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

Side note: Another word for gík is chúu (ชู้) which has the same meaning.

Now coming back to the question from the beginning, what is then the difference between 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 “Faen” 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 or fiancé. Generally speaking, Faen is the term for someone you have a serious relationship with and therefore just the opposite than a Gik.