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10 Questions most people ask themselves when picking a TEFL / TESOL company in Thailand

In Chiang Mai, Education, Krabi, Legal, TEFL by pat mcnaughton

As strange as that sounds, most TEFL / TESOL providers in Thailand are not legally registered businesses. They operate purely as a website and rent out conference rooms at a hotel or resort to provide the training.  If they are not a legally registered business, there will be zero legitimacy or consumer protection.  Holding a company registration should be the first basic element to look for as it sets a foundation of trust for the rest of the business. Rest assured, Entrust TEFL is a fully registered and bonded company with two permanent locations in Thailand. Being a legally registered business, does not only mean that we pay taxes and …

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Entrust TEFL joins Royal Thai Immigration to raises awareness of Human Trafficking

In Chiang Mai by pat mcnaughton

Human trafficking is a pressing issue the world over and particularly in Thailand, where the mistreatment of migrant labour from Myanmar and other neighbouring countries has been a long-standing problem. Entrust TEFL joined the Royal Thai Immigration Bureau on the streets of the old city in Chiang Mai to tackle this challenge through awareness raising. In attendance were local Immigration Bureau division heads as well as the general commissioner on Immigration, who travelled from Bangkok to join the march. Speeches were given in both Thai and English, with Entrust staff calling for foreigners and tourists in Thailand to unite with the Thai people and authorities in opposing the trafficking of human …

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How to Buy Clothes in Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai, City Life | Chiang Mai, Culture | Chiang Mai by Rees Chamberlain

Whether you did not bring the right clothes to look like a teacher, one of your shirts got torn, or you just want to go shopping, this is your guide on where and how to buy clothes in Chiang Mai. There are a lot of options, based around your preferences, tastes, and the depths of your pockets. Chiang Mai is a big city and can provide for whatever you want, you just have to look in the right places.

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All Aboard for Chiang Mai

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

Travellers Choice magazine has awarded Chiang Mai a top five position in the ‘best destinations’ category for Thailand, ranking this large and welcoming city as one of the most popular places to be according to TripAdvisor travellers. Known as the friendliest city in the ‘land of smiles’, Chiang Mai is well equipped to wow the crowds, with an abundance of classy accommodation, trendy nightspots, charming natural sites, glorious spas and adventure activities to enjoy.   Accommodation in Chiang Mai is available at rates far lower than in Bangkok and for this reason, it is accessible to backpackers as well as the more sophisticated traveller. From the centre of the city …

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What to do in Chiang Mai – Day or Night

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

With its gorgeous natural attractions, laid-back atmosphere, and inexpensive prices, Chiang Mai is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist spots worldwide.  There are so many things to do at any time of the day in this little city, that by the time we have exhausted the list, I am quite sure that something new would have sprung up somewhere. While it may not feature the bright lights or big city brand of entertainment, Chiang Mai has a bustling nightlife with loads of live music venues featuring jazz, rock and classic blues tunes. For those who prefer good music to thumping beats, settling in with a few cool drinks …

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The Night Bazaar

In Chiang Mai, Pubs and Clubs by Rees Chamberlain

The Night Bazaar is not like anywhere in a 1st world country, but it is like every tourist market in any 3rd world tourist profiting country. It is hot, loud and packed, but really a good time. You are almost guaranteed to find something that you need whether or not you realize it. When people say you can buy anything at the night bazaar, they mean anything. Do you want a boomerang with knife edges shaped like the batman logo? Go to the Night Bazaar. Do you want handpicked saffron for fancy cooking? Night Bazaar. Do you want to watch a bunch of ladyboys do a cabaret show? Night Bazaar. …

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Zoe In Yellow

In Chiang Mai, Pubs and Clubs by Rees Chamberlain

This is it. Zoe In Yellow. The end all, be all of Chiang Mai’s loud techno, sweaty dance pits and regret. It has everything you need to have a crazy raging night. While there are a few other clubs in Chiang Mai, none of them have worked their image as well as Zoe in Yellow, especially for tourists or our TEFL Students. In Chiang Mai you will find tons of people who swear by Zoe’s (this is what the infamous bar will be referred to from here on out).

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Outskirts of Chiang Mai City

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

Huay Tung Thao Huay Tung Thao is a local reservoir at the base of Doi Suthep and is not too far out from town. This is a great place to wine down, relax, eat great food and enjoy the lake by stunning mountain views on lake huts by the water. There are also other adventurous activities to do there like jungle ziplining, ATV, mountain biking, dirt biking, swimming and boat paddling. Once a year there is a reggae and ska music festival called “Smile Party” by the lake, which attracts many Thais and tourists all over Thailand. Doi Inthanon About an hour and a half drive south of Chiang Mai …

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Huay Kaew Road | Chiang Mai

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

Huay Kaew Road is the primary road leading out of Chiang Mai into Doi Suthep Mountain. The road is home to many great stops along the way, these are the ones we recommend. Nimmanhaemin Road Away from the more touristy areas of Chiang Mai and just off Huay Kaew Road,Nimman is located near Chiang Mai University which is a popular hipster destination for Thai university students and expatriates alike. During the day, Nimman has some great coffee shops, bistros, restaurants, local shops, a shopping mall and relaxing places to hang out. At night Nimman lights up and is alive with some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants in town, …

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Nightlife in Chiang Mai

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

The Old City & Other Chiang Mai Nightlife Hot-Spots Even though Chiang Mai became famous for its noble and culturally significant history the city is also home to an upbeat and fast paced nightlife. Chiang Mai’s unique layout makes the city ideal for travelers. Over the years Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modernized city and boasts a wide range of upmarket restaurants, great Thai food and quite notably many clubs and great bars. From Zoe in Yellow (where all the tourists are) to Monkey Club, warm up and JJ Market one thing is for sure,you can party hard in Chiang Mai. Though it’s not quite as wild as Patpong …