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    Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    I've posted questions in other parts of the forum and mentioned that I plan on bringing my two kids, aged 5 and 3, to Thailand while my husband teaches English. I've gotten many a response from people saying this is a terrible idea. I'd love some feedback from those of you who have kids there in Thailand as to the challenges. People thus far have mentioned visa runs being a pain and immigration and skin rashes and fungus and all sorts of fun things. I don't want to put my kids at risk, but I also think this would be a fantastic opportunity for them. So how is it in Thailand with kids?

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    thailands a great place for kids
    but as a family you will struggle on 1 wage unless you have money behind you
    i think a year with your kids here would be grand, just choose your location carefully
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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    To bring them here and not have them speak the language would be very rough. Sure if you can put them in an international school where they have contact with other kids not a problem at all.

    But if they are going to be cooped up in the house all day with home schooling and the heat, whats the point? They wont be able to play with the other kids in the neighborhood as they dont speak the same language. What about the food, are your kids into rice and noodles 3 times a day? Can they eat very spicy food?

    Will you have a car so you can take them out and about on weekends? I for one dont really like Thai taxi drivers. Will you be getting a house with a yard or an apartment? Think about the many variables.
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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    I taught at a school (mathayom) and we hired an Australian women who brought her whole family (husband and 4 kids) and they did just fine. The kids were from about 6 - 12 yo. Skin rashes? Fungus? I don't think so. Most people bathe twice a day because of the heat, and generally the water is okay. As said above; choose your location carefully. That said; most places are just fine.

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    Can they eat very spicy food?
    In fairness AO; spicy is a choice as you know more than most. But your other points are good thoughts.
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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    I hope to find housing with outside play areas for the kids, whether it's a house or an apartment with a yard area. We won't have one wage. I have a job that I can do from home on the internet that will earn me as much as my husband teaching, so money won't be a problem. The church we go to has an English speaking congregation in Bangkok, where we plan on living, and there are lots of social activities along with that, so there will be others my kids can talk to and ways to get out. Though I do hope that we can all learn Thai while we are there, so hopefully the language problem will balance out. And my kids would eat noodles every meal of everyday if I let them and they love Thai food. I make it at home all the time.

    With these new factors, how does the situation stand now?

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by travelgirlut View Post
    People thus far have mentioned visa runs being a pain and immigration
    The woman's husband was allowed to piggyback his visa on the woman's non-b as I recall.

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by THX 1133 View Post
    I taught at a school (mathayom) and we hired an Australian women who brought her whole family (husband and 4 kids) and they did just fine.
    Was she unqualified with no teaching experience on arrival?

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    So, if you don't do it; will you regret it?

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by travelgirlut View Post
    so money won't be a problem
    If this is true, you can work around almost anything here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Was she unqualified with no teaching experience on arrival?
    No, both had degrees and teaching experience at the refugee camps in Ratchaburi.

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by travelgirlut View Post
    With these new factors, how does the situation stand now?
    there are no new factors as you are simply hoping and predicting that things will work out. If you have a place to live, your husband has a job, and between you you are making 2 grand US a month you can survive. But I dont think you would be able to save or travel much on that amount.

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by travelgirlut View Post
    I hope to find housing with outside play areas for the kids, whether it's a house or an apartment with a yard area. We won't have one wage. I have a job that I can do from home on the internet that will earn me as much as my husband teaching, so money won't be a problem. The church we go to has an English speaking congregation in Bangkok, where we plan on living, and there are lots of social activities along with that, so there will be others my kids can talk to and ways to get out. Though I do hope that we can all learn Thai while we are there, so hopefully the language problem will balance out. And my kids would eat noodles every meal of everyday if I let them and they love Thai food. I make it at home all the time.

    With these new factors, how does the situation stand now?
    You'll be fine by the sound of it. Better you get in touch with some English-speaking members of that church congregration and quiz them than continue here.

    There are folks on this board with "issues" around new people coming to Thailand, especially if they seem to be approaching it as an interesting, exciting, somewhat challenging but ultimately "doable" enterprise.
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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by manned-rake View Post
    You'll be fine by the sound of it. Better you get in touch with some English-speaking members of that church congregration and quiz them than continue here.

    There are folks on this board with "issues" around new people coming to Thailand, especially if they seem to be approaching it as an interesting, exciting, somewhat challenging but ultimately "doable" enterprise.

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by manned-rake View Post
    There are folks on this board with "issues" around new people coming to Thailand, especially if they seem to be approaching it as an interesting, exciting, somewhat challenging but ultimately "doable" enterprise.
    There certainly are but I don't think all skeptical comments should be taken as that.

    There are critical issues associated with bring children to Thailand and asking questions until preferable answers come forth doesn't help anyone. What about medical insurance for the kiddies? How about health care in general?

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    Re: Is it that bad with kids in Thailand?

    ^ Absolutely manned-rake, and spot on.

    Come to Thailand with the family and have a great time.

    As I write, the cheeky monkey to the left, has gone with his cousin and another little friend to an indoor playground. He's not worried about being there, or living in Bangkok for that matter.

    His Mum and Dad take care of that 'worry' stuff. That's our job after all.

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