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— What you need to know about pre-existing conditions.

What you need to know about pre-existing conditions.

Thai insurance - "health insurance jargon can often seem like a foreign language; hence why many people are put off by the prospect of reading their policy details properly. To help, I've uncovered the most common health exclusions to look out for"


— 55,000 Baht a month in Bangkok. How far does that salary go?

55,000 Baht a month in Bangkok. How far does that salary go?

Cost of living - Nikole earns 55,000 baht a month from her teaching job in Bangkok. It's a decent salary for a single person paying just 10,000 for rent and bills - but not so much when you are supporting other family members!


Other recent cost of living surveys

Julie - 80,000 in Udon Thani

Henning - 35,000 in Chaiyaphum

Walter - 15,000 in Pattaya


— Get students reading with a reading maze

Get students reading with a reading maze

Encouraging students to read - in his latest Ajarn blog, teacher trainer Stephen Louw, discusses the topic of reading mazes and how much students enjoy them. He's also designed a maze especially for you to try out if you are not familiar with them.


TEFL course news - In our October TEFL course news blog, we've got all the latest special deals and promotions from Thailand's major TEFl course providers (some offers exclusive to Ajarn readers) 


— Phil Hall is a teacher at the end of his tether!

Phil Hall is a teacher at the end of his tether!

Family Thais - Phil and his family settle into life in Isaan and it's a peaceful life out in the countryside - well it is if you don't count the violent family members, land disputes, machete attacks, drug dealing and unpaid loans.  Don't miss this story!



— Should you consider teaching outside Bangkok?

Should you consider teaching outside Bangkok?

Where to teach? - We know that the best teacher salaries are in Bangkok. But are salaries in other regions of Thailand catching up? Is a move away from Bangkok a good idea when you factor in things like the cost of living, a healthier environment and a better quality of life? Richard McCully investigates.


More TEFL blogs from Richard McCully

Time to shape up - do TEFL teachers lack ambition?

Ultimate gap year - Thailand would make a fantastic choice!

Edutainment - I'm actually starting to enjoy it.


— Thailand road trip - The Mae Hong Son Loop

Thailand road trip - The Mae Hong Son Loop

Thai travel - I recently did the Mae Hong Son Loop and the infamous road of almost 2,000 curves from Chiang Mai up to Mae Hong Son, then on to Pai and back down to Chiang Mai. Enjoy the ride!


Some of my other travel stuff.

Neighborhood tourism - a week in Bangkok's Chinatown.

Petit Paris - a few days in Dalat, Vietnam.

Erasing bad memories - a long weekend in Penang, Malaysia


— It's just another day as a teacher in paradise

It's just another day as a teacher in paradise

Richard Constable - and his day as a private language school teacher in Bangkok, which includes beggars, food courts, communication problems, cancelled classes and disagreeable customer service.


Check out Onnut - "When new arrivals ask me for recommendations on an area to live in Bangkok, I have no hesitation in suggesting Onnut", says property expert Blake Sibbitt, "For shopping, restaurants, beer gardens and all-round convenience, it's got the lot!" 


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Latest Blogs

Health insurance exclusions

Walter van der Wal

Addressing the elephant in the room

Reading mazes

Stephen Louw

Get your students reading with an activity they will really enjoy!

Family Thais

Phil Hall

A tale of the simple life in Issan with a bit of financial debt, drug dealing and machete-swinging thrown in.

Is it worth moving out of Bangkok?

Richard McCully

People often cite the lower cost of living, better quality of life and a more Thai-style existence as reasons to be based outside the capital.

Doing the northern loop

Bangkok Phil

The infamous road of 1,864 curves

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A diverse day in paradise

Richard Constable

Beggars, food courts, communication problems, cancelled classes and disagreeable customer service

The key to learning Thai

Stephen Saad

Listening and speaking – it’s that simple!