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Krabi’s Islands

In City Life | Krabi, Culture | Krabi, Krabi, Nightlife | Krabi by pat mcnaughton

A traditional starting point and base for visitors, there’s considerably more to find around the provincial capital of Krabi than the town itself.  Just a tailboat trip offshore, you will find a large number of islands floating in the Andaman Sea, which also form part of this charming province.  These islands form an integral part of Thai tourism and are visited by thousands of tourists every day. The islands are all part of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, which has its headquarters on Ko Lanta Island, one of the largest in the group.  It’s not all paperwork on Ko Lanta though; this island is one of the most popular …

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Thailand on a Plate

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

One of everyone’s favourite parts of living in or visiting Thailand has got to be the deliciously spicy food and wide range of tropical fruits that you get to enjoy on a daily basis.  Thai cooking is simple and healthful, with spices adding unexpected zest to the most unassuming ingredients.  Vegetarian dishes are commonplace and presented in a tongue-twisting array of flavour combinations, with ample doses of fish, pork and chicken making an appearance too. Some of the most popular Thai dishes have made their way over to the West, but none of these can compare to an authentic Thai meal, prepared while you wait, by real Thai people. One …

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Loads To Do In Your Spare Time In Thailand

In Culture | Krabi, Nightlife | Chiang Mai, Nightlife | Krabi, Pubs and Clubs, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

Thailand is a holiday destination par excellence and there is no shortage of things to fill up your spare time, while teaching English in the busy centres or the quieter backwoods. A number of these are unique to Thailand such as Muai Thai, an ancient fighting art that will improve your mental and physical strength. Take some classes and burn off all calories from the delicious meals you will be indulging in during your time in Thailand. Talking of food, a Thai cookery class is considered one of the best souvenirs you can take home from Thailand.  A variety of different classes are offered in numerous different venues and by …

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The Role of the Teacher in Thai culture

In Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

Children spend a large part of their formative years in the hands of their teachers and even in western societies teachers are considered role models and mentors for young minds.  This is particularly true in Thailand, where great emphasis is placed on behaviour that could be considered polite, inoffensive and honourable by Thailand’s high standards. In the distant past, monks performed the role of teachers in Thailand and children were educated in the ways of the world in temples.  The monks were considered the absolute authority for moral development in the youth and had the power to decide on these morals subjectively. Although children are no longer educated by religious …

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The Living is Easy in Thailand

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Teacher Lifestyle, Uncategorized by pat mcnaughton

Thailand is a fantastic destination for the penny-pinching traveller and teaching has got to be the perfect vocation. Teaching English in Thailand is easy after taking the Premium TEFL course offered by EntrustTEFL, which sets you up with everything you need to succeed. It also leaves you with enough time and resources to enjoy a high quality life and still save for further travels. The cost of living in Thailand, particularly in the smaller centres, is amazingly low when compared to America and other western countries. For example the average Consumer price index in Thailand is 45.79 compared to a CPI of 77.48 in the US.  This basically means that …

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Thailand’s Friendly Culture and People

In Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Inspiration, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

Once you have taken up a position teaching English in Thailand, you will discover why this interesting country is known as ‘The Land of A Thousand Smiles’ and why it has become such a popular destination for tourists as well as those seeking gainful employment.  It’s not just the fantastic food and scenic beaches either. The people of Thailand are a nation of contrasts, composed of a mix of Indian and Chinese influences with a strong base of Thai elements.  Each of Thailand’s four regions has unique characteristics of its own, with one similarity – it seems that the folk here are perpetually grinning with inner satisfaction, or some wonderful …

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The Festival of Loi Kratong in Thailand

In Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Inspiration, Teacher Lifestyle, Uncategorized by pat mcnaughton

Loi Kratong is one of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand and takes place on the day of the first full moon during the twelfth month of the lunar calendar, which is usually in November. The word ‘loi’ means ‘to float’, while ‘kratong’ refers to the vessels which are used in the celebrations. The kratongs are fashioned out of a slice of a banana tree trunk or a hollowed out loaf of bread.  These are then decorated with ornately entwined banana leaves, topped with flowers, incense sticks and candles. Sometimes a few strands of hair or fingernail clippings are placed in the kratong to symbolise past transgressions and negative experiences. …

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Songkran Festival Will Have You Fixin’ for a Fight

In Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Inspiration by pat mcnaughton

Come April, the fight is on in Thailand, but don’t head for the hills – grab your water pistol and join in! The Songkran Festival is the world’s largest water fight, officially taking place from 13 to 15 April every year, and the most fun you can have in Thailand while getting your feet, and the rest of yourself, wet. Like so many interesting happenings in the world, Songkran is closely linked to belief and symbolism and is seen as a chance to quite literally cleanse yourself of all the previous year’s wrongdoings, wash away your troubles, and refresh mind and soul for the year ahead. We think it is …

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Thailand in October

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi by pat mcnaughton

Thailand is a beautiful place year round. In October the Northern and Central parts of Thailand begin to retract from the rainy seasons and places like Chiang Mai and Pai are particularly beautiful, cool and uncrowded. The Autumn equinox takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the end of September. This year the equinox fell on September 22, 2016 – as of that day, days and nights are approximately the same length of time, rather then nights being longer then days or vise versa. Contrary to popular belief, equinoxes are not day-long events, even though many cultures choose to celebrate it as such. Instead, they occur at the exact moment …

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Happy International Day of Peace

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi by pat mcnaughton

“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon Today, September 21, 2016 marks the International Day of Peace and this year the theme is The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. The 17 SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) “are a shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people.” “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General. “They are a to-do list …