Ang Thong

It's a town and a province bordered by Lopburi, Suphanburi and Saraburi. It's also not that far from Bangkok. Are many foreign teachers enticed by its charms? 


It's a town packed with ancient temples and history and only an hour or so from Bangkok - but what are the pickings like for an English teacher?


Some would say that this small town is in the perfect location - halfway between Bangkok and Pattaya. There are also plenty of teaching jobs on offer if you can go without your Western food fix. 


Smack in the middle of North East Thailand - say hello to Chaiyaphum. Any opportunities there for an English teacher? 


One of my favourite provinces in the whole of Thailand. It's certainly a wonderful place to live. But is it a wonderful place to teach? 

Chiang Mai

What's going on in one of Thailand's fastest growing cities? The city where I think a lot more teachers would love to work if only the salaries were better. 

Chiang Rai

A delightful, laid-back city in Northern Thailand that's famous for its white temple (Wat Rong Khun) A place known for its good value accommodation and great local food. Any teaching jobs?

Hat Yai

One of the largest and busiest cities in Southern Thailand. But is it a hotbed of TEFL jobs?

Hua Hin

Undoubtedly one of the nicest beach resort towns in Thailand but many say it's gone very touristy these days. Is Hua Hin a place for a teacher to settle and find work?


Plenty of war cemeteries, museums, bridges and other tourist attractions - but is there any work for a teacher? 

Khon Kaen

I once heard Khon Kaen described as Thailand's most livable city. But would an English teacher survive there?

Koh Samui

There's no doubt that the paradise island of Koh Samui is a great place to be a tourist. But is it a great place to be an English teacher?


Temples, monkeys and more monkeys are Lopburi's main draws but as an English teacher looking for a living wage, will you be just monkeying around?

Mae Sot

What's the potential for an English teacher living up in Mae Sot on the Thai - Myanmar border?


The Lonely Planet guide describes Mukdahan as 'not an exciting place'. Sounds like we could be in trouble here. Is there any hope for a TEFLer?

Nakhon Pathom

Home to the biggest chedi in Thailand, this charming and busy little town is within easy reach of Bangkok. Are many English teachers making Nakhon Pathom their home?

Nakhon Sawan

The name in Thai means 'heavenly city' - but is it a heavenly city for chalkies?

Nakhon Si Thammarat

Guidebooks often describe it as a stop-off between Hat Yai and Surat Thani - but what are the pickings like for a TEFLer?


Now considered a hotbed of teaching jobs and it's not far from Bangkok either. But is it a decent place to live as well as work? 


Can Asia's number one 'adult playground by the sea' really offer anything for the English language teacher? 


I've heard it described as an amazing place for those who are looking for a simple way of life. But does Petchabun offer enough to an English teacher? 


Petchburi Province itself includes the popular resorts of Hua Hin and Chaam. It sounds like a great place to be a teacher - but what's the reality?

Phang Nga

Get away from the tourists as much or as little as you like. Enjoy great Thai food and beautiful scenery along with an abundance of available work. Sounds like a great place for teachers.


Another town and province a very long way from Bangkok but starting to get a reputation as a must-see part of Southern Thailand. It's quite a fertile hunting ground for teachers as well by the sound of it. 


To the locals and the regulars, it's known as P-Lok. It's got plenty of cultural attractions and a reasonable cost of living. But what about TEFL vacancies?


Phrae, a beautiful corner of Thailand that always seems to have a friendly welcome. But is it English teacher friendly?


Is Phuket one of those dream locations that promises so much for an English teacher and yet delivers so little? Actually, there are plenty of teaching jobs down that way nowadays.


Just 40 kilometres north of Bangkok, Rangsit can be rich pickings for an English teacher looking for a good choice of schools without being too far from the bright lights of the capital.


A small, sparsely populated town that thrives as a border run centre thanks to its close proximity to Myanmar. OK, visa runs might be convenient but what else does it offer an English teacher?


Ratchaburi (the home of the clay-fired earthenware jar) is a lovely little town less than a couple of hours from Bangkok. Does it have a vibrant expat TEFL community? 


If you drive several hours south from Bangkok - and can avoid the temptations of Pattaya on the way - you'll eventually end up at the beaches and industrial estates of Rayong. But are there any schools for teachers?

Roi Et

Apparently the food is amazing, the scenery is breathtaking and Roi Et has some of the friendliest Thai people you could wish to meet. If it's got plenty of teaching jobs, then this could be one heck of a place to be.

Sakhon Nakhon

I don't think I've ever met a teacher who has taught in Sakhon Nakhon. It wouldn't be at the top of many people's dream destination list but come on's in North East Thailand. It's probably great!

Samut Prakarn

Be careful you don't get hit by a motorcycle or fall down a big hole in the footpath because Samut Prakarn can be like one giant obstacle course. But actually there are plenty of schools and teaching jobs in the area.

Samut Songkhram

It's usually a settlement you drive quickly through on your way from Bangkok to Hua Hin, but believe it or not foreigners do actually teach there. But could it be Thailand's most boring province?

Si Racha

It's the 'fish sauce town' that you pass through on the drive down from Bangkok to Pattaya. Does somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea appeal to teachers though? 


This southern city and province has some of the best scenery in Thailand and a mix of Thai, Chinese and Malay cultures. But would a teacher be happy and feel safe there?


Suphanburi has been described as one of the dullest provinces in Thailand, However, those few foreigners who make it there usually tend to stay long term. What's Suphanburi's secret?

Surat Thani

Is Surat Thani just a place to pass through on the way to somewhere else, like Koh Samui for example? Or is it TEFL teacher Heaven?


One wonders what Surin would do without its annual elephant festival. It sounds like a place that puts the L into laid-back. But it does have foreign teachers and plenty of expat retirees apparently.


An easygoing, old-school Thai town with its own distinct character - but are there any opportunities for TEFLers?


It's been described as 'the perfect small town'. What a pity it rains for 8-9 months of the year. So if you're thinking of living and working here, probably best pack your raincoat.

Ubon Ratchathani

You can picnic by the river and swap information and war stories with local ex-pats. It's got plenty of shopping opportunities but more importantly, loads of teaching jobs as well. 

Udon Thani

Because of its military past, Udon Thani has always had a sizeable Western expat community. But what's it like for a teacher seeking work? 


500 miles from Bangkok, Uttaradit means the 'the port of the north' apparently. So what work opportunities, etc does this town on the banks of the Nan River offer to any English teacher?

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