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.


How far does a 30K salary go in Bangkok?

Will you be living well - or simply surviving?

Is it possible to live in Bangkok on a 30,000 baht teacher salary? OK, let's really drill down those numbers.


You can live in Bangkok on 30K a month - but I wouldn't

Postbox letter from Ken

It always cracks me up just how heated these debates get on what a person can or cannot live on in Bangkok (or Thailand in general). And of course people frequently have these same arguments when it comes to what a “livable wage” is in their own countries as well.


The ajarn.com guide to renting an apartment

How to find a place you can call home

If you're searching for an apartment in Bangkok - or anywhere else in Thailand for that matter - know exactly what to look out for and what questions to ask when you go apartment hunting.


The slow but steady demise of a suburban luxury apartment building

It all looked so nice when you moved in.

September comes and the floodwater in the soi - a soi that never floods according to the sales person - is almost waist-deep. You seriously contemplate buying a boat.


The ajarn.com guide to renting a house

When you've had quite enough of apartment living.

For those getting tired of apartment life and the world and its uncle knowing your business - then perhaps renting a house could be the answer. It's not going to be the easiest thing you've ever done - but nothing is impossible.


Buying a Bangkok condo: 10 months later

What are the pros and cons of splashing the cash on your own place?

There's a lot to be said for not having to worry about messing up the landlord's sofa, and it's nice to feel like you have a "home" rather than "a nice place to stay" as I had for years before.


Thailand teaching stuff - October 2015

A selection of blog links that will be of interest to teachers in Thailand

Here's another selection of interesting teacher-related blogs and articles that have popped up on the internet over the last few months or so. I hope you find something of interest.


The perfect neighborhood

What ten things are most important to you?

For some people it would be a good selection of restaurants, for others it might be a movie theater or perhaps a park or a choice of well-stocked supermarkets. What's most important for you when selecting a Bangkok neighborhood?


The quest to find a condo in Bangkok

How easy is it to buy your own place?

If you plan on being a permanent expat in Bangkok, it makes financial sense to go for buying a place of your own.


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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!


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

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


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.


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


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.


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Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.