Chaiyaphum

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

The Lonely Planet guidebook says......?

Thailand's forgotten backyard. Chaiyaphum offers a glimpse of days past, when rice fields, water buffalos and a village life style prevailed.

In general, what are the pickings like for an EFL teacher?

There are at least a dozen schools here that regularly employ foreign teachers so the pickings are good. You are probably talking the usual 30-40K salaries though.

How far from Bangkok or civilization?

Chaiyaphum is a scenic five-hour bus ride from Bangkok, ninety minutes from Khon Kaen and around four hours from Udon.

What's the place like for nightlife, eating out etc?

Entertainment is pretty scarce. There's a newish cinema complex but the films are in Thai. There are a few Thai-style bars and of course the compulsory karaoke bars ("If you know what I mean").

How much to rent a house or basic apartment?

Renting accommodation here is cheap! You can pick up a decent town house for around 5,000 baht a month and basic apartments vary from 2,000 - 4,000.

Shopping malls, department stores?

Chaiyaphum has the usual Tesco Lotus, Big C and a Makro.

How is mobile / internet coverage?

Very good.

Will you be stared at? and what's the likelihood of a good beating?

Yes, you will be stared at, but not in an aggressive way. Remember, Chaiyaphum is in the heart of Issan so the locals here don't see many farangs. As for getting a good beating? No, the locals here are very friendly.

Taxis, buses....or horse and cart?

All the above and the local samlors. The samlor drivers might try to rip you off, so make sure that you fix the price before getting into one.

Main advantages of living there?

The countryside here is beautiful, also the people are friendly and it's cheap.

And what are the downsides?

The entertainment here is limited, and if you can't speak the lingo then it can be quite a lonely place to live.

Any local attractions?

There are many beautiful places to visit here. Tad Ton National park. Mo Hin Khao is Thailand's own version of Stonehenge and Tat Ton waterfall is one of Thailand's best, especially during the rainy season.

Where's the best place to meet other farangs or are they best avoided?

You'll probably bump into a few other farang in Tesco Lotus, but as for farang hangouts, Number One bar seems to be the most recommended place.


Back to the region list


Featured Jobs

Short-term English Teachers

฿40,000+ / month

Thailand


Filipino Music Teacher

฿27,000+ / month

Samut Prakan


Non-NES Male Guidance Counselor

฿27,000+ / month

Samut Prakan


Native English Teachers

฿33,000+ / month

Thailand


Part-time Teachers

฿330+ / hour

Bangkok


English Conversation Teachers

฿35,000+ / month

Thailand


Featured Teachers

  • Ja


    Myanmarese, 27 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Samir


    Spanish, 29 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom

  • Ms.


    Myanmarese, 26 years old. Currently living in Myanmar

  • Rian


    Filipino, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Maria


    Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Eljude


    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Philippines

The Hot Spot


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


The Region Guides

The Region Guides

Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.


The cost of living

The cost of living

How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.


Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!