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Michael Watson

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I moved to China in 2004 from Bangkok.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

I worked in Thailand just shy of three years. I worked as a consultant for a large logistical company and then taught for one year.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

The hassle of obtaining the necessary visa and work permit (when I was teaching) Working as a consultant was much more straightforward when applying for these documents.

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

I make a lot more money each month. Currently, I work seven days a week. The money is excellent (equivalent to THB67,000). I get nearly three months paid leave each school year and the school I am working for is much more professional. Sure, there are still annoyances, but overall it is much better.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

I miss so many things. Food, culture, climate, cheap travel, islands, other foreigners, nightlife, entertainment, etc...etc...

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

I would advise someone who is young to try out Thailand before going to work in other Asian countries. I think Thailand is a great stepping stone into Asia.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Perhaps when I am near retirement I might opt to live my remaining years in the LOS. I have traveled back to Thailand on holidays and will continue to do long as the country doesn’t implode.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?


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