Why I live here in Bangkok

So what's the attraction exactly?

Bangkok might never be the place I truly call home but it's a place I'm happy to be right now.


Second season syndrome

How does the second year of teaching in Thailand compare to the first?

Having just passed my two-year anniversary in Thailand I thought I would look and see if I suffered from Thai second season syndrome - and how it might affect you if you decide to come to Thailand.


The paradise lost syndrome

Something that affects a lot of foreigners in Thailand

The ordeal was over. The four of us looked at each other, waiting for someone to break the silence. Eventually the three Thais started to chat amongst themselves and ask questions of their own. What was the farang's problem? What had we done wrong to make him so angry?


Thailand’s weirdest of the weirds

Some of the quirkier aspects of Thai culture

I want to be as respectful as possible when I discuss Thailand's quirks. I don't think I could have picked a better country to live in without having ever visited or knowing much about the culture.


Perspectives

It all boils down to how you look at things

As much as I love Thailand, I often find myself complaining about living here. I notice that many of my friends do the same thing. Most of the time it is just harmless chit chat, but sometimes I find myself talking to people who really do not seem to like anything about Thailand.


Teacher mistakes

Avoid falling into any of these teacher traps

Ajarn has put together a list of the most common mistakes that teachers make in Thailand - both new arrivals and those who have been here a while.


The Thailand coup - one year on

Things have definitely changed around here

There's still something missing from Bangkok. The vibrant heartbeat has dulled like an old man with angina. A friend who visits the city once a year said you 'could feel it'


The lowdown on Chonburi

A perfect fit for a teacher who wants to be near Bangkok and beaches.

Chonburi is not a tourist destination for a reason. There just isn't much to do here. However, you can experience a very "real" side of Thailand.


A look back at 2014

From an education and news point of view

For foreign teachers working in Thailand, the coup had a number of knock-on effects which started with a couple of days off school as educational institutions were temporarily shut down to silence protests from educators and university students.


Thailand teaching stuff - November 2014

Another selection of links that will interest any teacher in Thailand

Wow! Time really flies doesn't it? It's almost the end of the year already but here's another selection of links to blogs and articles from the past few months that I think teachers and foreign expats might enjoy.

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Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Fun Quiz

Fun Quiz

Find out how employable you are in Thailand as an English teacher. Is it a case of 'welcome aboard' or "Mom, I need you to send some money again"


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Can you hear me OK?

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