Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I moved from Bangkok to Shanghai this Summer, 2019.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
I don't want to sound too negative but Bangkok has lost a lot of its charm and the standard of living in Thailand has seriously regressed in the last 4 or 5 years. I do realise that all cities change and nothing remains the same but the indie music scene is as dead as a dodo, street food has been eradicated, curfews have been imposed and many close friends have moved on. To add to this, the cost of living has gone up exponentially, visa regulations are becoming more time-consuming and infuriating and most schools treat their employees like dirt.
In a nutshell, i was just getting sick and tired of these things. I think many people are so I started to look at other options. I was then offered a great job in Shanghai on far more money with housing, etc in the middle of the city and it was too good to turn down. A no-brainer at this stage in my career.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
The salary is much better, the students are more keen to learn, there is less bullshit from the middle management and things get done efficiently, effectively and on time. People tend to lie less here also.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
I miss so much about Thailand. The people of Thailand are more generous and friendly than here and the cost of living in Bangkok is still considerably cheaper than in Shanghai. The weather and the food are much better in Thailand also and there is a more fun and relaxed atmosphere in daily life. Being close to the beach is great too. I really miss that.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
It really depends on what stage of their career they are at. If you are looking for fun and are not too concerned about saving money or working with serious people, then by all means go to Bangkok and enjoy yourself. I think Thailand is a good place to retire once you have made money; just don't go there expecting to take over the world. On the other hand, if you are looking to take the next step in your professional and personal development, earn and save more money in a more global environment, then Shanghai is a tremendous place to do that.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
I'm returning for a holiday this week and to pick up my guitars and the rest of my belongings.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
Bangkok I love you, but you are bringing me down.