Hello, Ajarn. I've just booked a flight to Bangkok for late September and I have some questions about finding a job and an apartment.
A bit out about me which may be relevant:
- Native speaker (Bournemouth, England)
- Bachelor's degree
- will have 6 months EFL work experience with 10-17 year olds by September
- aiming to have at least £3000 saved to take with me
- speak a teeny bit of Thai (terrible, mind)
- never been to Thailand
Is it best to try and fix myself up a job before I go, or wait until I arrive and then start making phone calls / knocking on doors?
If the latter, should I find an apartment as soon as possible, or hang tight in a hostel/hotel and look for a job first? (any hostel recommendations?)
I'm not sure yet where I want to situate myself - can somebody recommend somewhere that's not party central, but somewhere close which is a bit quieter? Somewhere close to public transport too, ideally the BTS?
It looks like 10,000 is a good amount for a decent one bedroom apartment, is this right? I've been looking on MrRoomFinder, is there anywhere else I should be looking or is there a better way of going about apartment-hunting once I arrive?
I believe I should be applying for a double-entry tourist visa, extending it if need be with a border run, then once I get a job my employers will sort a working visa? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Taking into account the above information, can I expect to find a job with a salary of 50,000 a month, or should I accept something lower?
And lastly (as I can't remember the other questions I wanted to ask), do you know of any great restaurants within a close vicinity of Suvarnambhumi Airport?
Sorry for the barrage of questions. Any help at all is much appreciated, thanks
Last edited by Matt 247; 10th July 2012 at 02:45.
hi mat welcome, im over to BKK next week. I will hopefully check out a few places and write some documentation with pics and stuff. Wish you well mate.
as for hostels "hi sukhimvit" near thong lor is great. its not full of trashy backpackers, and in the heart of BKK. around £6 a night.
2) Find your apartment AFTER you find your job (unless long and expensive commutes are part of your game plan).
3) Not Su-cum-vit soi 4.
4) More likely a one room rather than 1 bedroom but it will depend a lot on the where.
5) More or less correct. Double entry tourist and change to a non-b after you get here. Depending on the employer you may have to do the legwork yourself rather than depend on your employer.
6) newbie, green as grass and fresh off the plane... 30-40k is more likely. After you figure out which way is up you should be able to "suppliment" that by 10-20k per month.
7) 17 minutes by train (BTS red line) into central BKK... why would you want something out by the airport? Le Normandie restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is quite nice.
thanks for the advice. especially that hostel recommendation; checked it out, looks great.
Just to let you know, I'm going to be haunting your thread and stealing the helpful hints people give you to all the questions I haven't even't started thinking about yet - hope you don't mind!
PS/ I'm a noob as well, and a couple of months behind you in the planning stages of my trip except that I'm planning on doing the CELTA when I'm out there.
PPS/ Have you got any advice about the course?
no worries bud. well seems to have run dry a little earlier than expected, but thanks anyway for all the responses.
best advice i can give you about the course is be prepared to work your butt off. its not exactly difficult, mentally-straining work - more just the amount of it. also prepare yourself for a truckload of worksheets and documentation - i still have a pile of all the paper my tutors gave me sitting in my room. it reaches above my ankle! one day it'll get sorted... maybe.
1. There is no harm in looking at the job market before you land, perhaps even firing off a few emails might be helpful... however, I think the general consensus seems to be that the best jobs are found through word-of-mouth and the personal touch.
2. I would try and set up some accomodation to arrive to (A few nights in a hostel or something), with the idea to move on fairly sharpish.
3. I would say that a good area would be around Lumpini Part . You are between Suk and Silom, plenty of public transport links, and a generally good atmosphere. You can pick a small place up there for about what you said.
This is it... The apocalypse.
thanks for that, hollow. especially the advice about lumpini park - that looks ideal for me.