The senselessness of Thai bureaucrats and oligarchs

Thailand is ruled by men, not laws

20th March 2014

I understand that Thai people do not like causing conflict or losing face, but the first step in solving a problem is admitting that there is one

Teaching in Thailand

Sent in by Dr John Smith

3rd November 2013

In many articles people have complained that the money they have to pay each year for work permits, visas and teaching licence makes it just not worth it. When is the ministry going to wake up and stop persecuting teachers who have nothing but good intent for the education of the Thai children and stay here as law abiding people.

What a system!

Sent in by Stephanie

2nd November 2013

This year, The Ministry of Education once again added more difficulty in processing the teachers license and work permit.

New visa rule is ridiculous

Sent in by Dr John Smith

28th August 2013

In my opinion I find it very difficult to understand the mentality or blatant stupidity of the Thai immigration section in Bangkok. Not only do they rip you off at every turn but now they have found a new way to get money from visitors.

Thailand, the sick man of ASEAN

Sent in by Russell

28th August 2013

I relocated to Vietnam to see if the grass was any greener over there. Whilst I was in Vietnam at the beginning I wrote an article saying what a breath of fresh air it was from the idiocy of Thailand. But after one year I came to realize the grass was not that green after all.

What’s going on?

Sent in by TRRicher

9th August 2013

My colleagues are up in arms about what seems to be a two years and out rule.

Government school advice

Sent in by Colin

10th November 2012

I really need to have a chat with someone who is well versed in government school protocols. I hope you can help.

Thailand’s ill-timed implementation of the ‘provisional permit’

Sent in by Ajarn Jim

7th August 2012

When a foreign teacher's current 'waiver' letter expires, then that teacher must meet the requirements for the new 'provisional permit' if the teacher doesn't possess a teaching license.

Age limit by Ministry of Education?

Sent in by Richard

17th May 2012

I feel like I've been spinning my wheels here for weeks sending CVs and emails and not getting any results.

Getting hitched in the Land of Smiles

Continuing the adventure but as a married teacher

11th May 2012

Hi, I am Elizabeth (Miss Ellie if you are one of my 5 year old students) and I am a homeroom teacher at an International school in Nonthaburi. I moved here from South Korea where I lived and taught for a year

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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.