Q1. Where did you move to and when?
After Thailand, I went to Japan, where I've been for 2 years now.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
The money. I was out in Suphanburi Province, taking home 15k a month, with free health and accommodation...
You live like a king but then you realise that a flight home is going to cost you 3 months wages, UK student loans interest is a months wage, your not going to be able to put much aside.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
Safer: far less crime or fear of crime
Honesty (in terms of scams and cheekily exaggerated prices),
A more modern living experience,
Amazing public transport
No sex tourism (all the seediness is off limits to tourists)
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
Food: I miss being able to buy bags upon bags of exotic fruits for next to nothing and eating out 3 times a day.
Holidays: 3 months of paid holidays compared to 2 weeks.
The weather: I can't say I'd miss winter if I never saw it again
Cost of living: food, clothes, luxuries
Cost of local travel
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
Depends on what you want. If money (student loans in my case) is an issue, then go to Japan, you'll save more overall, though a smaller percentage of your salary. If your looking for beaches and great weather: Thailand. In terms of night life, culture, friendliness, you could get that from either location.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Definitely, I loved it there and will be heading back in the a year or so.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?