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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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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 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 …

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Traveling Couples Teaching Together in Thailand

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Teach to Travel, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

Spouses, partners and BFFs have found a wonderful way to travel and work in together teaching English in Thailand. The Kingdom’s 2016 Best TEFL Award winning Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program now guarantees job placement in the same school for couples who sign up together. “We have about four sets of couples come through our course every month,” said Entrust TEFL’s Placement Director Neung McNaughton. “It’s easy to find jobs for couples who want to work together in Thai schools because there are so many openings for Native-English speakers who want to teach.” This boom for English teachers began in 2005 when the Thai government announced a …

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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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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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You’re Never Alone while Teaching in Thailand

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Inspiration, Pubs and Clubs, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

There are a large number of foreigners teaching English in Thailand at any time, and these form a vital network of support.  That is, in addition to the assistance provided by your tutors, for those of you on your first foray into this worthwhile occupation. Available on the various media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup and so forth, there are a number of worthwhile groups such as: Foreign Teachers in Thailand Teachers in Thailand Chiang Mai English Teachers Bangkok Expat Teachers Among many others, these groups are on hand to offer guidance and advice, and experienced English teachers will no doubt take you under their wing when you arrive at your …

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Opening the doors on South East Asia

In City Life | Chiang Mai, City Life | Krabi, Nightlife | Chiang Mai, Nightlife | Krabi, Teach to Travel, Teacher Lifestyle by pat mcnaughton

Bangkok is Thailand’s biggest, busiest and most vibrant city.  It is also your launch pad into the rest of South East Asia, with easy, cheap and convenient access to the rest of Thailand and beyond. Thailand’s main international airport is located in Bangkok, which means that you can get a flight to just about anywhere from this city. All the airlines which serve Thailand offer flights in and out of Bangkok, and there are a wide range of slots on the schedule to choose from when booking your seat.  More seats mean more price choices, and more special offers on these flights.  Low-cost carriers are also on the rise in …