Sounds like a plan.
This is not the best of advice, but it is what I did the first time I came to Thailand. I had applied via email to some pretty shit agencies, the sort that I was convinced would hire anyone and everyone. I was offered a job (some silly amount like 25k), accepted graciously and explained how I would need a letter of invitation before I left. The sent it out, I got a multiple non-b (15 months, in theory) and then sent them a nice email to the effect that i was very sorry, but would no longer be able to work for their company.
I suppose they could have cancelled the visa, but I don't really see how that works. Every time I leave the country on a multiple non-b, then come back with a fresh 3 month stamp, my passport hardly gets looked at, and I am pretty sure that they don't type in my visa number to see whether it has been cancelled or not.
Running on a thin line are we?
I think it's supposed to be skating on thin ice ... good grief!
Get the 60 day tourist visa which can be extended for 30 days at the Immigration office in Bangkok. Once you get a job, it can be replaced with a 3 month "B". That can then be replaced by a 1 year "B" after your work permit comes through. All done without having to leave the country.
As for TEFL, it is now a minimum (legal ) requirement for teaching jobs in China and some places in the Middle East are also insisting on one so not only will it give you classroom experience but it will also give you more options. Then again, I work for one of those nasty TEFL course providers so what do I know?
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Cluez, the difference is people can and often do fail our course.
Oh, thought you were being sarcastic. My bad.
I never do anything to upset people.
Now who's being sarcastic?