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You might find it easier to ask for Diet Coke, Coke Lite, Coke Zero, Pepsi?? or whichever one it is you want. They are the same names in Thailand. You will see them on sale in 7-11, Family Mart, and supermarkets.

I was not sure if it was a different name. Thanks for your help :-)

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I was not sure if it was a different name. Thanks for your help :-)

Funky has it right...all the names are the same, most cans/bottles have the English on it as well.

Thai for diabetic is rok bao waan (โรคเบาหวาน). "I'm a diabetic" is "pben rok bao waan." Try to hear it from a native speaker as mimicking the tones is an important one there. Say it wrong and you'll get this look a bunch of times:

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and stay away from coffee if you can...most places use a sweetened milk PLUS sugar...if you order it without sugar, they still use a sweetened milk.

Sugar = naamtaan (น้ำตาล)

Adding to what Rob says. Thais seem to put sugar in everything, including vegetable fried rice, Pad Thai, Somtum (papaya salad), and most food.

You might want to take more care of what you are eating than drinking. At least with the soft drinks such as Coke Zero, you can order the can unopened, so you know what you are getting. I have had some meals that were so sweet, you wouldn't believe it.

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Yeah, tough to be diabetic in Thailand since so many Thai dishes and drinks have massive amounts of sugar in them. Also, you don't see warnings that certain dishes contain peanuts (for those allergic to them) or other common allergies. You really have to be careful.

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I really appreciate the heads up on this guys. I exercise a lot so my blood sugars are normal and don't spike. Three weeks of Thai food won't phase me, but the one thing that does kick me in the nads, is fizzy drinks! A week of full fat cokes will give me the mother of all headaches and then I cant enjoy the food :-)

But the coffee thing is totally new to me, so again, great advice! Thx!!

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what is "diabetic" in Thai?

Mac

Diabetic in Thai is "โรคเบาหวาน" Rok-Boow-Waan, meaning "sweet urin" it's quite funny meaning in Thai.

Oh, sorry, just saw Rob's comment. So I will just confirm Rob is right then.

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Diabetic in Thai is "โรคเบาหวาน" Rok-Boow-Waan, meaning "sweet urin" it's quite funny meaning in Thai.

Oh, sorry, just saw Rob's comment. So I will just confirm Rob is right then.

โรคเบาหวาน is also the name of one of my favorite pornos.

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"sweet urine"........LOL

Wonder if someone tasted it before naming it...........................

Some Thais first realize that they are diabetic because they notice ants drinking from the toilet area as the ants come for the sugar. Diabetes is becoming a real issue in Thailand since Thais have a real sweet tooth.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/04/diabetes-a-concern-for-thailand/

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