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About
Thailand is an exotic locale that abounds with Buddhist temples, pristine islands, incredible food, and friendly locals. Known as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is a place that leaves a deep impression on its visitors. The earliest history of the first independent Thai kingdoms traces back to the 13th century, and the ruins of Ayutthaya can still be visited today. Although the country was occupied by Burma at various points in history, Thailand remarkably was one of the few countries in Southeast Asia to avoid colonization by European powers. Present-day Thailand is a rapidly developing country, and holds the distinction of having the second largest GDP in Southeast Asia. Its capital city, Bangkok, is the cultural, political, and economic hub of Thailand. Home of the Grand Palace, Thai boxing, floating markets, and a dazzling downtown business district, there’s a little something for everyone in the “City of Angels”.
Thailand has always had a reputation as a party-hub and tourist getaway, but it’s emerging as a hot-spot for ESL teachers as well. From your first tuk-tuk ride, it’s easy to fall in love with a country of such rich history and excitement. Apply today, and find out what opportunities are in store for you in one of Southeast Asia’s most attractive teaching destinations.
Geography
Thailand is just 15 degrees north of the equator, and has a tropical climate usually ranging from about 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F). The rainy season is from May to July. It’s the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. Bordered by Myanmar and Laos in the north, and Cambodia in the east, and the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia in the south, Thailand is a perfect destination for travel to other countries in Southeast Asia. But it’s not exactly like you’ll be trying to leave any time soon, as there are plenty of incredible places to visit once you get motivated to get off Koh San Road and see the rest of the country. I trip up north to Chang Mai is normally on the radar for most people who swing through Thailand for any extended period. Plus, The Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea are home to lovely islands like Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi, Koh Phangan and many more.
Your Apartment
Just like anywhere, apartments in Thailand range in price depending on the location and the quality of the flat. Cheap apartments in small cities may cost about 4-5,000 Thai Baht, but the apartment may not have the amenities you’re accustomed to. A modern, furnished, and central apartment my cost up to 25,000 Baht ($700) per month. Some schools may provide an apartment, but another good option is to find a good flatmate and share a place. A three-bedroom flat may run only about 35,000, so there’s great value in finding roommates. Plus, you have the added benefit of sharing utility costs as well. Utilities, including electricity, a landline phone, internet, water, and maintenance/security fees may run between about 3,500 and 6,000 Baht per month.
Partying & Entertainment
Thailand is an easy place to find a party—whether it’s walking around Koh San Road or taking off for a full-moon party on Koh Phangan—a good time (and maybe some trouble) isn’t hard to find. Aside from the party and nightlife scene, there’s plenty to do in terms of more “wholesome” entertainment. Elephant rides through the countryside are a common “touristy” activity, but those staying longer might be interested in taking up a Thai cooking class, or learning martial arts. Muay Thai, or Thai kickboxing is a traditional form of entertainment for locals and tourists. The sport has about 700 years of history, and combines martial arts with traditional boxing. There are other more indulgent activities as well, including taking in a taking in a traditional Thai dance performance, or spending an afternoon relaxing in a spa for a Thai massage.
Food
There are a lot of things to like about Thailand, but the FOOD is almost certainly at the top of the list for most people. You’ll find foods with rich aromas, and your palate will be overwhelmed with the sweet, spicy, and salty flavor profiles. Thai cuisine is often prepared with hot chilies, lemon grass, lime, sugar, nam pla (fish sauce), and garlic. Rice is served with nearly every meal, and fresh seafood is abundant and reasonably priced.
Getting Around
If you can find a flat nearby your school, walking will ultimately be the easiest option. But at some point you’ll want to venture out a bit further, and there are plenty of other good options. If you’re in Bangkok, the easiest way to get around the city is with the BTS (“Skytrain”) or MRT (subway) rail systems. The trains are cheap and run on time. Buses also run in the metro areas, and may range from somewhat old and crowded to modern, air-conditioned fleets. Getting around by taxis is a decent option, and the cost is reasonable provided you don’t get trapped in one of Thailand’s notorious traffic jams (especially Bangkok). Tuk-tuk’s, or open, three-wheeled taxis (“souped-up” golf-carts, basically) are common, but you better be ready to bargain. Foreigners, or those who don’t speak Thai may pay double or triple the price as a local. Getting around from city to city can be achieved by long-distance buses, trains, or air travel. Thailand has nearly 30 airports, so jumping over to a nearby island, or even to another destination in Southeast Asia can be a breeze.
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