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11,000 baht and no bum gun...

May 20, 2015 - 12:22 PM - by goo_stewart
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Ok, I am dashing around Thailand visiting some high-end hotels and resorts and reviewing them. I have been to some pretty good places in recent weeks - Marriotts, Hiltons, Dusits, Royal Cliff, Amarins etc. All good places, all giving standard rooms from 5-10,000 baht with all mod cons - and significantly all with bum guns. Now, I start with the south and head to Krabi and Ao Nang, all is well, I stay in some really good places, all mod cons etc.

But the problem begins. I get to Phuket, the hotel (I won't name it) I stayed in last night was 11,000 baht a night, for the pool side villa. Perfect in every way, really the best room I have stayed in on this trip, apart from one small, but significant, detail - no bum gun. Oh, it had perfect toilet paper (?!), an outdoor shower etc., but no bum gun.

Am I being too picky by giving it a less than perfect review? Maybe I am jaded by it all and just looking for faults. I don't know. But would the absence of a bum gun cause you to offer up a less than perfect review (if you were in an 11k room)?
  151 Replies | 2,362 Views

Teaching in Thailand: From Love to Frustration

May 25, 2015 - 8:57 AM - by outbound
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As I enter the fifth year of teaching in Thailand I have come to a conclusion: This will be my last year and I can’t wait for it to be over. Why? It seems like working here is becoming a more frustrating affair as the years go by, with the most simple of needs made complex for no reason at all. Salaries remain stagnant while the visa process becomes ever more complex. Getting the teacher’s license is no easy task, even with an education degree it’s a no go until I learn to Thai dance and make som tam on a culture course that doesn’t even exist. The TCT is an institution that would befuddle Kafka himself.

Then there is the general attitude of the schools here, more interested in profit than raising educational standards. Differentiated curriculum? Not a chance! Resources? Nope, can’t have those without signing a form in triplicate and burying it in soft peat for a decade. If I use the printer I am admonished for wasting paper. If I don’t produce worksheets I am a bad teacher and asked why I didn’t print any. I’m sick of being forced into a corner where I have to teach to get the kids to pass a multitude of tests. That’s no way to learn a language. That’s no way to so the seed that will make a child have a lasting love of education.

I love teaching, I really do and I’ve invested time and money to improve myself as an educator. Helping a kid reach that magical eureka moment still gives me the same buzz as it did years ago. I’ve been lucky enough to teach the same classes for years. I consider it to be a real privilege to have witnessed them grow up and develop emotionally and academically. I’m certainly going to miss my... [Read More]
  118 Replies | 2,428 Views

Just started applying for work in Bangkok NEED HELP

May 27, 2015 - 6:22 AM - by RobertTaylor88
Hi. I cant stand my Job in England. I have been a school caretaker for 3 years because it has suited me much better than other work I have done.
I visited Thailand in February this year and discovered people who teach English as a foreign language.
I came back home to 6 am starts in winter in a career where nothing I ever do gets noticed.
So I got a TEFL certificate and 2 days ago I applied for some jobs in Bangkok.

I've got a reply from a company Im not allowed to name but pays over 37,000 baht a month. Does anybody know if this is a good start for me?

If not can someone advise me on the best ways to get into teaching English in a warm place in Asia?
I may get myself a CELTA qualification but I certainly don't have enough money to go to Uni again.
I have a business management degree.
Im not a chancer only interested in chasing thai bar girls. I like Bangkok and don't like my job in england or my hometown.

I have no teaching experience.

Thank you for reading this.
  92 Replies | 1,448 Views

A New Logo for the Forum?

May 28, 2015 - 8:11 AM - by ictteacher
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Alright, this is where I put myself out there and people will come in and say how shit I am, but I can't ignore the logo on the forum is too small, there's a lot of space up there empty.

It sort of looks old and tired. I think it is time to modernize that logo.

So, as it goes designing things, you start with something that may be a bad idea, but just throw something up and work it from there until you get something usable. I'll throw in something first.


Ok. Bring in the insults, but at least it is something to start with. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  58 Replies | 801 Views

Escaping abuse for torments of the street, Bangkok's homeless youth can't get a break

May 18, 2015 - 3:36 PM - by bansheebeat
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I know Coconuts is more of a blog than a news source, but this paragraph was really disturbing


Domestic violence has been on the rise for the past decade, now affecting 30.8 percent, nearly one-third, of all households, according to a 2012 study by Mahidol University's National Institute for Child and Family Development. Nearly half of all women report being physically or sexually abused by their partners. Sixty-one percent of families have a member suffering from alcohol abuse, which the children often say contributed to their parents' violent tendencies.
  39 Replies | 1,097 Views

Be careful what you ask for

May 23, 2015 - 5:58 PM - by Cal Roy
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I had been working in the far north for three years and my Bangkok wife kept wanting me to work closer to Gotham City. I finally did and managed to get a job at a nice school in Chonburi. Well, nice in that it is pretty and I like the students. They can actually speak English. But now I am up to 22 hours from my 17 in my last school and they have me only teaching 6 classes. That means a couple of classes see me 7 times a week. In fact one day I see them three times. A bit weird to me as there is only so much lesson plan in this brain.
Perhaps I have been living in dreamland before but is this normal? In this case, I teach one of my M3s a social studies class and then two English classes in a row on the same day. I would much prefer to just teach then English once a day. I lose my rhythm and confuse myself and, no doubt, my students.
Social studies is rather amusing. I teach M1, 2 and 3 and all three books are split between geography and economics. That's it. The Thai teacher covers the rest of the SS areas.
  33 Replies | 738 Views

When Schools give unreasonable teaching aims/objectives/demands

May 20, 2015 - 10:38 AM - by outbound
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Here is what I have to teach P.1 and any advice would be much appreciated. The text is just far too hard for 95% of the class.
It obviously needs to be broken down into smaller sections. As for the reading itself, I am teaching the phonetic patterns and will work on comprehension later. Is this book unsuitable for students in a non-international school setting? By the way, in kinder the kids just studies one syllable words and their knowledge of this is shaky at best. Another option I was thinking of was making a powerpoint for each page, although this would be rather time consuming, I would be willing to do it if it worked. Talk about a hard transition from kinder to primary for the kids!
  32 Replies | 865 Views

Electric Oven

May 25, 2015 - 8:42 AM - by po3try
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Wifeys gone all Delia Smith lately and wants an oven..

Anyone got a recommendation for the type of one to go for?

I was looking at these kinds..


Lots of brands about that I've never heard of and prices vary from 1000-10k.

Was thinking 6k should get a decent enough one?
  31 Replies | 626 Views

Seafood Restaurant Bilks Tourists

May 17, 2015 - 7:51 PM - by Beavis
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Tourists pay 8,840 baht for a meal


A photo of a receipt from a Thai restaurant posted on social media has quickly gone viral as the charge of 8,840 baht appeared excessively high, including 17% value-added tax and a "mandatory" 800 baht tip

A Chinese tourist who on Saturday shared the photo on social media wrote that a taxi driver suggested that she and her friends try a seafood restaurant on Ayutthaya Road in Ratchathewi district, Bangkok.

"The driver was chatty and looked honest, so my three friends and I decided to check out the restaurant. "We ordered one crab (Bt1,600), four tiger prawns (Bt1,750), a snapper (Bt1,800), a dish of stir fried octopus mixed with salted egg (Bt960), a dish of morning glory, one bowl of rice (Bt150) and one pot of tea (Bt300)," the Chinese tourist wrote.

The total charge written on the receipt was put at 8,039 baht, including the 17% VAT. An 800 baht "tip" was then added to the bill. In total, the tourists had to pay 8,840 baht.

... [Read More]
  30 Replies | 865 Views

Is my job good for Thailand?

May 26, 2015 - 1:29 PM - by tamdrin
I previously worked in Taiwan for one year. That was my first experience in the ESL world. I came to Thailand and got my first job here in Chiang Mai. I have completed one semester and started a second semester. At first the job was terrible as I didn't have a Thai assistant and I found it impossible to control the group of 36 little monsters. Gradually things got easier, they hired me a Thai assistant who was helpful, they gave me my own room. They don't bother me too much, I guess they talk about me behind my back but I don't really care as long as I don't hear it (ignorance is bliss in this case). I actually teach English, Math, and Science to Pratom 1 and 2 now. The science and math is kind of a joke. Some new government inspired MEP (mini English program) in effect up here. They don't really give me any ideas for teaching but they are buying books. I am currently teaching 18 hours a week being split between two classes, but I have to be in school from 8-3:30 although they aren't really strict and I sometimes leave early. I am making 28,000 baht a month. They helped me get a work permit but didn't pay for anything. I would like to make more but probably not at the expense of taking on a lot more stress for maybe 5,000 baht more a month. The wages aren't too great up here in Chiang Mai but I enjoy living up here... Now I have two different assistants (one for P1 one for P2 not both at the same time). The guy is pretty useless as he only has a few hours of work per week and can't even show up or show up on time for my class when I need him to help manage the kids.

However I am thinking about moving on.... but I really want some insight into what is a good job and what is a... [Read More]
  26 Replies | 628 Views

Ireland legalizes gay marriage

May 23, 2015 - 7:15 PM - by cluezo
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First country to do so. Catholic Church has lost its grip.

Can't post link...
  21 Replies | 540 Views


May 23, 2015 - 7:18 AM - by tomcat
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...Dear SFexpat: as you don't accept PMs, I have to make this an open request...I'll be in SF in a few weeks staying within 2 blocks of Union Square. Any recommendations for restaurants, sights to see (I will be visiting many of the touristy areas like Embarcadero, etc...but would like something a bit more interesting), getting around (I want to use pubic transport as much as possible) and events (yes, Pride will take up much of a weekend)...any personally experienced recommendations appreciated...

Yours in expectation,

ps: feel free to pm me
  19 Replies | 498 Views

Is this a good set up? (newbie here)

May 26, 2015 - 4:53 PM - by swifi28
So I found this job post on Dave's ESL, and this is the setup that was emailed to me. So it seems I pay some money to teach in Thailand. Now I have no formal teaching experience so my standards are not very high when trying to find a teaching job in Thailand, but what do you guys think of this? Is this a good deal or are they ripping me off?

1: We will be placing you somewhere in southern Thailand.
2. The pay is a base of 30,000 per month.
3. You will need to automatically enroll in our BA TESOL program and you will receive a discount from 15000 baht payment to only 5000 baht.
4. You will have an 11 month contract. There is 2 weeks of holidays in March, all of April, and three weeks of holiday in October.
5. You will need to attend at least 3 weeks of classes in March/April and 3 weeks in October. By attending class and passing you will receive an ED Visa from the BA TESOL program.
6. You will need to pay 3,000 baht monthly to the BA TESOL program. If you decide to stay for the full 3 to 4 years will you receive a legitimate BA... [Read More]
  18 Replies | 388 Views

Presentation during a morning assembly. Any ideas?

May 29, 2015 - 11:03 AM - by ThaiAdventure
I work for a government elementary school and have been toldto give a short, about 5 min, presentation during a morning assembly. The subject of the presentation is up to me.
Iíve never done anything like that, have no idea where tostart and what to consider during preparation. I would really appreciate your ideasas much as sharing your experience. Thank you very much!
  13 Replies | 202 Views

Good-Bye Soi38

May 24, 2015 - 10:33 PM - by tomcat
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...this just in: some of the best street and semi-street food available in bkk will be forced to make way for (yet another) condominium:

One of Bangkok's most iconic street food venues, Sukhumvit Soi 38, is the latest city institution to be targeted by the developers' wrecking ball. Renowned for more than 40 years as a food hub for tourists...

  10 Replies | 320 Views

Missing person search through the DLT

May 22, 2015 - 6:53 PM - by up2you2
Has anyone had any experience of trying to find someone through the Thai
Department of Land Transport?
I have the person's correct name and Thai ID number.
I need to know his vehicle's registered address.
  7 Replies | 258 Views


May 23, 2015 - 3:18 PM - by aridion
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I am flying to BKK for an IB workshop/PD at NIST. A decent school. I know they are an ib world school. I have the chance to take a day or 2 after the workshop to 'hang out' at the school.
  6 Replies | 221 Views

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