A time of change
How does teaching in Thailand now compare to twenty years ago?
For those of you pissing and moaning about visa runs, the immigration department, the work permit process, the unpredictability of the consulates in neighboring countries - let me tell you this - it was no better in the early 90s. In fact I'd say marginally worse.
Information on the Laos visa run
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Overall it appears that the Thai embassy is trying to become a bit more farang-friendly They actually have a separate bathroom for men and women and they've even put a new Canon photo copier right near the windows where you submit your application. I think this is a long overdue but a welcome change.
The visa run
One man and his trip to Penang
Going to Laos or Cambodia by bus might have been a bit cheaper, but unfortunately one needs a visa to enter those countries. Not so for Malaysia. Anyway, I heard from a few colleagues that the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane is staffed by frequently obnoxious personnel (however another colleague told me he didn’t have any problem at all there).
Chinese (male, 25 years old, native Chinese - Mandarin speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 40 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 26 years old, native Cebuano speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 41 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (7), BA (1)
Australian (male, 58 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1), Phd (1)
Indian (female, 33 years old, native Hindi speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (1)
Filipino (male, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
New Zealander (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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