Phil Hall

From the writer of 'Bangkok to Ben Nevis Backwards'


An honourable profession?

Memorable teachers and playing Father Christmas

I had looked forward to becoming a teacher for years and the thought had never crossed my mind that this particular job would be considered anything but decent and respectable. How wrong I was.


Job-hunting in North-East Thailand

Well, job-hunting and snake-hunting to be exact.

So the morning of all mornings finally arrived and it was time for me to become a teacher; a giver of knowledge, a mentor; all of these things. Who was I trying to kid?


Entertainer or educator?

And somehow smiling through the pain while trying to teach a class of 50 kids

I was forced to wear sandals for at least a week as my poor toe needed some pressure-relief in which to heal properly. As I limped into each classroom, the 50 or so kids would all notice my footwear and the large bandage on my toe. But not one student smirked or laughed.


A first lesson disaster

I mean, seriously, how many other teachers pass out in their first class?

when I awoke, I was on the floor slumped against the wall. I looked up to see at least 30 faces looking down on me, and yes, the smartphones were out in force. I could only wonder how much of the event had already been recorded.


My first day at school

An introduction to the cast of characters (my teaching colleagues)

It was already 35 degrees in the shade, and the last thing I really needed now was to be doing star jumps and the like. But it seemed that all of the teachers were getting their own dance moves on, and I had to do the same.


The short, fat, bald new guy

The adventure starts at a school in Kalasin

As I rode down the main Kalasin Road, towards the school, I was aware of hundreds of school kids heading in the same direction, I wondered which ones I would be teaching? As I parked up the bike, the school grounds were already teeming with student life it was as if the school had been transformed into a mini city.


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