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Chris

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia 2008

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

2 years (2000-2002)

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Unstable employment, low pay, and crazy corruption.

Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?

A stable contract, a relaxing work-environment, better pay, less hours, and no-one interferes in my classes.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Fresh and cheap food, gentle people, my bike! cheap apartments, food, food oh!, did I mention the lovely food?...and of course a plethora of beautiful girls!

Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?

If single and open-minded..YES! but not in Bangkok. I lived in Chiangmai the whole time. It's a whole world of different up there. Much quieter (I like it) than Bangkok and the countryside is easily accessable. There's a lot to do and there is tasty cheap food everywhere. The folks have plenty of time to sit and chat and provide company for you - if you're 'open' to that!

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Yes. I had a 10 month 'holiday' there last year. I took my baby son to Chiang Mai for medical treatment and we did all the touristy things - Tiger Kingdom, monkey show etc. It was a wonderful time. Lovely. Paradise!

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Unfortunately Thailand won't offer enough to live and save on or to raise a kid etc unless you can stand living in Bangkok, which I certainly can't. The best parts of the country are truly heaven on earth, but unless you can somehow get money for free and get a long-term visa, it's only a holiday destination. It seems politics have 'side-lined' the farang as forever 'temporary' servants/english teachers.

If I ever strike it rich I will retire there, but until then I have to work somewhere else.

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