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— 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?
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
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!
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?
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
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
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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Addressing the elephant in the room
Get your students reading with an activity they will really enjoy!
A tale of the simple life in Issan with a bit of financial debt, drug dealing and machete-swinging thrown in.
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.
The infamous road of 1,864 curves
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Beggars, food courts, communication problems, cancelled classes and disagreeable customer service
Onnud has got the lot!
Listening and speaking – it’s that simple!