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Living and Teaching in Bangkok

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An April 2006 trip to Bangkok by Kauai Boy

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Quote: After teaching in the U.S. for 12 years, I thought I'd give Thailand a try.

Living and Teaching in Bangkok

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Visiting Korean Students Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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"Have you ever wondered about living in a place that's always warm, where the living is cheap and the people friendly? Getting a well paid English teaching job in Bangkok is a lot easier than you might think and rare is the person who regrets his/her decision to spend a year or so in one of the friendliest countries in the world." -- from EscapeArtist.com.And so the story goes. It has been one year to this very date that I arrived in Bangkok with the intention of securing a position as a science/math teacher. And that short blurb from some obscure article on the Internet still flashes clearly in my mind, bringing a somewhat wry smile to my face. Bangkok, Krung Thep, The C...Read More

State Tower Apartment Suites

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Hotel | "Apartment Suites at State Tower - My Home in Bangkok"

State Tower Apartment Suites Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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At the very end of Silom Road, on the corner of Charoenkrung and just a block away from the Chao Phraya River, stands the majestic State Tower. At 65 floors high, it is Bangkok’s second-tallest building. With its ultra-conspicuous "golden dome", the State Tower dwarfs several high-end properties nearby, namely the world-famous Shangri-La Hotel, the Peninsula Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Centre Pointe Serviced Apartments.The property is very conveniently located, being just a short 5-minute walk to the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, as well as one of the main stations for the river boat lines, hence providing reasonable access to virtually the entire city. All the necessities of do...Read More

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State Tower Apartment Suites
1055/111 Silom Road
Bangkok, Thailand

A "Fair" Teacher’s Salary in Bangkok

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There have been numerous discussions in some of the popular Thai teacher forums regarding so-called "fair" teacher wages. With hiring season upon us, it certainly is a topic that needs to be thoroughly researched, particularly for newbies, if one does not want to get stuck in a perceived "over-worked, under-paid" situation. I do agree with the argument that a teacher's salary (or anyone's salary for that matter) depends largely on the laws of supply and demand, but this really has little to do with what I define as "fairness". The question of fairness depends simply on whether two items being traded are perceived to have value of reasonable equivalence. In other words, are the salaries being curren...Read More
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Now that I’ve aired my opinion on the concept of "fairness" in regards to teacher salaries, I suppose it would be appropriate to discuss what I feel is "reasonable". Once again, we are dealing with an inherently subjective concept and I can only offer you my take based on what my lifestyle is and how I expect my salary to support it.Basically, to be "reasonable" in my book, a salary should be able to support a lifestyle appropriate for the profession in question. To simplify things, the "lifestyle" I am referring to is in regards to a person’s financial status and has nothing to do with moral or social issues. For example, the "lifestyle" of a brain surgeon is certainly ex...Read More
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If you’re looking for industrial-scale fitness, there are two major franchises operating in Bangkok that you can choose from: California Wow Experience (formerly California Fitness) and Fitness First. If you choose California (as I unwittingly did) be prepared to be subjected to a barrage of BS sales lines and, in some instances, outright lies, all to fill a monthly quota that these clubs seemed to have imposed upon themselves. Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh, as "this IS Thailand."First of all, let’s talk about the prices. You can’t just walk to the reception desk and ask, "How much?" They insist on an interview, grand tour of the facilities, and a presentation about all their services, etc., be...Read More