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    Sounds like a plan.

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    selling off all my worldly possessions
    Personally, I'd keep some of my clothes, things like shorts, t-shirts and loose fitting underwear, but you may be emperor and this may not be important to you.

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    non-immigrant B
    Do TEFL providers really help w/ these? What you'll more likely need is a tourist visa, maybe multiple re-rentry, from the nearest Thai embassy/consulate.

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    do not wish to be too terribly far from Bangkok
    Right on.

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    How much?

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    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.

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    Running on a thin line are we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    Running on a thin line are we?
    huh? you me no savvy talk talk!!!

    ---Update---

    mai khao jai

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    I think it's supposed to be skating on thin ice ... good grief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by you_me_no_savy_talk_talk View Post
    mai khao jai
    Oh yes you do.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Getorfmoiland View Post
    I work for one of those nasty TEFL course providers so what do I know?
    I worked for one for a year. We used to laugh at the students who were worried about passing the course. If they only knew that they had passed the coursed the instant that they paid the fee. We even gave a TEFL certificate to a guy who had a chronic stutter. He's probably t-t-t-teaching t-t-t-today s-s-somewhere in T-T-Thailand.

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    Cluez, the difference is people can and often do fail our course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    Oh yes you do.
    I do now, but I can honestly say that I had no idea what "running on a thin line are we" meant.

    ---Update---

    my best guess was that you were talking about being skint, but I wasn't sure

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    Oh, thought you were being sarcastic. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    My bad.
    you me no savvy talk talk

    mai khao jai

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    i'm sure you are just doing this to wind me up now, but it shan't work... I have half a day off work thanks to sporadic evacutations, and I shall not be gruntled by make believe words

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    I never do anything to upset people.

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    Now who's being sarcastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    Now who's being sarcastic?
    Well, most of the time I try not to upset the people here. There are rare occasions when I fall.

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