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Making the Most of Your Time Teaching in Thailand

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

Teaching in Thailand can be a rewarding, life-changing experience. It can be a springboard for adventure, an opportunity to build your resume, or a place to make your stand. However, you’ll never know Thailand, much less Southeast Asia, if you stay surrounded by Western co-teachers and friends hanging out with Western tourists eating hamburgers and pizza. As James Michener once wrote, “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” In that spirit, here are some ways to make the most of your time teaching in the Land of Smiles. Take time to learn the language! Even learning …

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The Inthakin Festival in Chiang Mai

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

June 1-8 2016 The Inthakin Festival in Chiang Mai (also known as Sai Khan Dok or Bucha Sao Inthakin), starts on the 12th day of the waning moon of the six lunar month and lasts eight days. The festival is centered around the Temple Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai’s old district. This year the festival takes place June 1st through June 8th. The essence of the Inthakin Festival revolves around a ceremony called Tam Boon Khan Dok – the way of merit-making by offering flowers, candles, and incense in the twenty eight bowls in front of the temple. Each evening, monks chant prayers and sprinkle ceremonial water, and present blessings.  Performances …

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Teaching English in Thailand

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

“Students please stand up!” I hear myself commanding in this classroom full of tiny people with big eyes.  As I say this I am using both arms in a sweeping motion to help communicate with those who don’t understand the verbal direction.  The students (now my students!) are uniformly dressed in light blue shirts and dark blue shorts or skirts.  They have all taken off their shoes, which are neatly lined up outside the door of the classroom. There is a delayed clatter of the chairs pushing back as first a few, then slowly every student in the room stands up, looking at me with a mixture of fear and …

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Bangkok is a Backpacker’s Delight

In Culture | Chiang Mai, Culture | Krabi, Nightlife | Chiang Mai, Nightlife | Krabi, Pubs and Clubs, Teach to Travel by pat mcnaughton

There are many reasons for any tourist to visit Bangkok, but it is the ultimate destination for the shoestring-budget traveller.  Not only is the city a cheap destination to visit, but it is also a handy gateway for those wanting to explore the rest of South East Asia conveniently and cost effectively. Following in the footsteps of thousands that have gone before, backpackers can blaze a trail through all the most popular spots on the continent. Many paths lead from Bangkok, to Laos, via Vietnam to ancient Angkor Wat, and back to Thailand again, to join up with fellow travellers in a celebration of their journey. Many backpackers pause in …

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Volunteering for free as a teacher in Thailand

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

English is understood almost all over the world and is universally accepted as the business and legal language of the modern world.  It is also something which most of us take for granted. This is not the case throughout Thailand.  Here your prowess in the English language is highly prized and something which all families in Thailand wish for their children to learn at school.  However, there are a vast number of parents who simply cannot afford the luxury of private schools or the tutors who are able to teach this valuable language. This is where being English-speaking, becomes an important asset if you want to see the world outside …

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Keeping Busy in Krabi

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

Although Krabi is not as busy and full of things to do as Patong or Bangkok, it’s certainly not dull, and there are a variety of activities that just have to be added to the “to do” list during your time here. Day and night, it’s easy to keep yourself busy in Krabi. Krabi is particularly charming and full of fun, with lots of like-minded foreigners to share the good times with.  Although Krabi has no beach of its own, during the daytime the beaches at Had Yao, Ao Nan, and Rai Leh, between 20 and 30 minutes away, are the main attraction.  Here you can laze the day away …