A year in Thailand
Land of Smiles, if it's not terribly inconvenient, might I stay forever?
How to talk to foreigners in Thailand
We don't bite. Well - a handful might I suppose.
This won't be a list of grumbles about Thai ignorance or rudeness. I don't intend to criticise Thai culture here - that's another debate entirely. If you're a Thai who couldn't care less about foreigners, don't particularly care about their feelings and think screaming "Helloooo!" at them from the back of your Fino is the height of wit, this article is not for you.
An unbeatable investment
Ten reasons to invest in Bangkok real estate
Many people emigrate to other countries looking for opportunity in their lives. They see it as a chance to have a better life than back home. Of course it is an adventure as well and perhaps there is a romantic element linked to their decision, but most expats who become 'permanent' residents of Thailand or Bangkok only do it if their lives are improved in the process.
Becoming a dengue veteran
Now we can trade war stories
Dengue fever is one of those things that I hadn't heard of previous to coming out to Thailand. It is the topic of cautionary tales of people being debilitated for weeks, plagued with a fever, unable to move. Nicknamed the Bone Breaking disease. Fellow teachers and expats who have been here for long enough each have their When I had Dengue stories akin to the Back in ‘Nam tales of an army veteran.
Welcome to Bang Sue
Life on the outskirts of Bangkok
“You live where??” I usually receive looks of concern from my students when I tell them that I live in the neighborhood of Bang Sue, about an hour away from our school. From my friends, I receive childish giggles. Yes, I get it. Ha Ha. Many people wonder why I would live so far away from my job and my friends.
Thailand: the land of smiles and helpful hands
Even in the darkest moments, people genuinely want to help
We soon realised that something more serious was going on. A knife appeared. A big, scary knife. Things start to feel a bit more real when there's a knife involved.
Renting apartments and condos in Bangkok
It's all about deposits
Every year Thailand, and of course Bangkok, become an increasingly popular and attractive place to emigrate to for the first time expat. Attractions include the relaxed way of life, the access to international fare - particularly if you live along the BTS or MRT system in Bangkok and of course the delicious and healthy local food.
Here's the full list
I guess they are just observations on life as a foreigner in Thailand. They've given some people a laugh and many folks seem to have identified with a few of them. It's all just a bit of fun.
Thailand vs China?
Which country comes out on top for a TEFLer?
I taught English in China for 9 years. Every day I remember something bad that happened to me on a regular basis in China that never happens to me in Thailand. Here is my opinion of the two countries if you put them up against each other - from the point of view of an English teacher of course.
Teaching in the sticks
31 cool and awesome things about living and teaching in rural Thailand
Before we get into the list I just want to mention that everything is written in good fun. Expats and Thailand veterans will understand more than first timers. Certain sentences and parts reflect my own specific experience more so than the general one. Some of it might come across as sappy, but I've had a very positive experience in Thailand and the glass is half full for me.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 36 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
American (male, 32 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1)
Filipino (male, 39 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (1)
American (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 32 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 26 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BSc (1), Diploma (1)
Filipino (male, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BEd (1), Certificate (1), MA (1)
British (, 68 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), MA (1)
Indian (female, 29 years old, native Hindi speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1), MA (1), Diploma (1)
British (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
New to Thailand?
If you've just arrived in Thailand or you're sitting at home thinking about coming to Thailand-then the newbie FAQ is a good place to start.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.
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