Why complain about salaries?

Postbox letter from Don

A breakdown of where my monthly salary goes.


To Mr Crazy

Postbox letter from Long term ajarn expat

You like the word naïve and use it freely…be sure you use it well and understand who is really naive. Just knowing the facts does not, a wise man make.


Wake up and smell the coffee

Postbox letter from Mr Crazy in Chiang Mai

Come on schools, think about it. You’ve had your time of getting native speakers for pennies. That time is coming to an end.


Bangkok vs Chiang Mai

How do the two biggest cities in Thailand measure up?

Read a terrific account from a teacher who gave up the Chiang Mai lifestyle to go and work in the capital Bangkok. It's very much a tale of two cities - and how one dedicated teacher fared in both.


Show me the money

Postbox letter from Nick

Recently, I just sat down and calculated what I could make if I went back to teaching full-time and continued corporate teaching part-time at the same time. The English industry here in Thailand is on the move, and the direction is up


25K a month? You must be joking

Surely you can't live on such a pitiful salary.

Numerous jobs in Thailand still pay around 25,000 baht a month. Is it really enough to live on? The fur really flies in our heated ajarn debate. So how much do you really need to earn in order to survive? A selection of teachers have their say on the whole issue of pay scales.


Casting off the shackles

A free agent at last

We all have to make decisions based on a given set of information provided at the time of the decision. Right now, for me that means abandoning Thailand and going back to Japan. As much as it may seem to be a step back, I am forced to see it as a step forward.


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