Thailand is becoming a letdown for teachers

Postbox letter from Stephen

Salaries are dropping (or certainly not keeping pace with inflation), perks like healthcare and housing help are getting more and more scarce, and the cost of living keeps climbing.


The bloggers are lying about the costs

Postbox letter from Tony

I don't regret living in Bangkok but there are hundreds of costs you won't find out until later, and they can make and break you.


Inflation is eating my teacher salary

Postbox letter from Paul

As a teacher, I have friends who have received little to no salary hike this year and what's worrying is the rate of inflation going on.


How to live in Phuket on 20,000 baht per month

They said it couldn't be done!

Much to my surprise, an English woman contacted me stating that she lived on Phuket for 20,000 baht per month. I was so intrigued, I messaged her to ask if she’d agree to an interview explaining how to live in Phuket on such a low income.


40K is more than enough in Thailand

Postbox letter from Dee, Finland

I did a test back when I was living in Isaan. I was easily able to live on about 8,500 baht / month (rent, about 5,000 was paid from that) so I lived on the remaining 3,500 baht.


Retiring in the Land of Smiles

I've been living here for three years and I have never regretted it.

Moving to Thailand could turn out to be your best decision, like it was for me, but you should be prepared and be sure of the lifestyle you want to live post-retirement.


Is it worth moving out of Bangkok?

People often cite the lower cost of living, better quality of life and a more Thai-style existence as reasons to be based outside the capital.

I’ve done a little research and come up with some example salaries in different regions in Thailand. Whilst this isn’t an exact science it should give a good guide of potential earnings


The Thai baht is not high or overvalued

Postbox letter from Ray

This situation isn't irreversible but it's going to take more than a few impecunious pensioners leaving for destinations with cheaper living standards to prompt the Thai central bank to emulate its Western counterparts by debasing the baht.


Thailand 101

Settling in as an English teacher - the journey and expenses

In my short time in Thailand I have learned so much already. The journey here has already opened me up to alternative experiences. Meeting individuals from across the globe has taught me that it is alright to be different.


Need a cleaner in Bangkok?

Perhaps Beneat.co could be the answer.

Beneat.co provide some helpful guidelines before you go ahead and book a cleaner online. They recommend you use a cleaner for at least a couple of hours if you're looking to spruce up a small condo, rising to around 4-8 hours for a decent sized, two-storey house, which is what my wife and I have.


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Air your views

Air your views

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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.


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.


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The dreaded demo

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The Region Guides

The Region Guides

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