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Steve

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I moved back to England with my Thai wife in 2012.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

I worked in Thailand for six and a half years

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

I felt that after six and a half years there, I was ready to return to England.

In my time working in Bangkok, which included two military coups and several other things, I decided that was enough was enough but I had some fantastic jobs and also earned quite a bit of money,

My wife, who was my girlfriend then, decided to come back with me and that was a pretty big decision for her. Security was another big reason for me returning to England.

In Thailand, I did find the heat difficult at times and truthfully speaking, never could get used to it.

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

Now I earn about £45,000 per year as an automatic door engineer in Yorkshire, where I am from.

Now I don't have to worry about visas and work permits as I did before. Also when I worked in Thailand I missed going to watch my beloved Castleford Tigers rugby league team. I have managed to buy another house and get back on the property ladder. I own my own van and Jaguar XJ - neither could I have afforded had I stayed in Thailand.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

I miss everything about Thailand. It is a beautiful country and the people are really nice. I met some wonderful people while I was teaching in Thailand and I definitely miss that side of things.

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

Absolutely I would, but do your homework first and you will be fine.

There are some really good schools in Bangkok where I was based. I would say try and get with a school like Inlingua or somewhere similar because they are such a nice environment to work in. I worked for Inlingua for over five years both full-time and part-time. I also taught class sizes of over 50 students, which can be challenging to say the least but again I enjoyed it.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Yes I do have plans to return to Thailand. My wife and I are building a house in the north of Thailand so when I retire in seven years, we can move back and live our life in peace and quiet. It's a small house in a village near my Thai family. However, we're still not sure if we will sell up lock, stock and barrel in England or perhaps divide our time between the UK and Thailand.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

While you are in Thailand, immerse yourself into Thai culture because it is wonderful. Also some advice for the gentlemen - find a nice girl. This is a must and will make your life so much more enjoyable. It is so easy for single guys to take the wrong path and find themselves going down the bar girl route. Don't do this and you will have a very fulfilling life in a wonderful country. Enjoy!

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