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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
25,000 - 50,000 THB ?
700 - 1,410 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
250 - 1,000 THB
10 - 30 USD
Income Tax Rate:
0 - 20%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 15,000 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Rarely included
Rarely included
Health Care:
Usually included
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
16 - 37
Typical Contract Length:
One year preferred; short-term may be available
Typical Start Date:
May, November, or year round
Application Timeline:
1 - 3 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
Employer sponsors
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
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What to Know About Living in Thailand

Thailand, the "Land of Smiles", is a great destination for ESL teachers who want to teach abroad and experience a country rich in history, famous for its culinary arts, and replete with vacation destinations.


Housing in Thailand varies greatly between simplistic village dwellings and downtown luxury condominiums and houses. There are options for every income bracket and lifestyle choice. If living in a luxury Western complex, frequent dining at five star hotels, owning a vehicle and having household staff is important, then a teacher's salary would likely not accommodate this lifestyle. However, most ESL teachers would be able to find suitable apartment accommodations and enjoy a moderate lifestyle at a very reasonable price.

Generally speaking, a bachelor apartment is a common choice for teachers. They are normally a single room with a bathroom, AC, and basic furniture such as a bed, wardrobe and chair. The AC and hot water heater (if included) are usually area units that can be turned on and off as needed. As electricity charges are generally above and beyond the rental price and can be quite expensive, being prudent to ensure all units are turned off when leaving the apartment is important to avoid a large bill at the end of the month.

Some landlords require three months' (or more) payment in advance and a better price can often be negotiated with a full year's payment up front. As in America, landlords vary greatly, with some being very attentive to tenants and others responding slowly to requests. If possible, securing a reference from a previous tenant is ideal.

Schools sometimes provide accommodation or assist in securing them. Finding an apartment near the school would avert heavy traffic in large urban centers and simplify life in terms of after school activities and early school start times.


Airfare is typically not included in contracts for teaching in Thailand. On the rare occasion that it is included, it would normally take the form of a contract completion bonus. As such, factoring in the cost of a return flight along with all other expenses is important when negotiating a contract.

Health Benefits

Most schools include medical coverage in their contracts following a three-month probationary period. During the first three months in country, some schools may ask for an employee to obtain their own insurance or may assist in covering it through one of the various organizations such as BUPA or AIA.

Health care in Thailand is inexpensive and normally of high quality. ESL teachers can also choose to obtain insurance through a company in their home country before going abroad. This is normally a good idea no matter where you travel.

It would be prudent to bring a year's supply of any medication for which you would not be comfortable using a substitute, as brands will often vary from North American pharmaceuticals.

Retirement Age

As in many Asian countries, the established government retirement age is somewhat flexible in the private sector. Thailand's retirement age of 60 is generally adhered to in government schools and most often followed by private schools. Some private schools will retain teachers over 60 if they have already established a relationship with them and feel that they continue to be of benefit to the school.

As most health insurance companies will not grant policies for employees over age 60, finding employment in this age bracket can be a further challenge.

Technology and Advancement

Thailand, as with most countries in South East Asia, is technologically advanced and ESL teachers will find communicating within the country and outside of Thailand relatively easy and inexpensive. If teachers do not have Internet access at their accommodations, there are options for accessing the internet and making phone calls elsewhere:

- Purchase a cell phone with a SIM card
- Purchase calling cards
- Visit an Internet cafe
- Use wireless Internet

Many schools now have high speed Internet, and as such Skype can be accessed while at school if permissible.

American Food

American Food continues to establish a presence in Thailand. In Bangkok and other large city centers, chain restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Hard Rock Cafe can be found easily.

Western supermarkets are less prominent; however, imported products are becoming more and more common. Makro, a bulk food store, (somewhat similar to Sam's Club) generally carries Western products at a reasonable price.

Transportation in Thailand

Public Transportation


The three-wheel "motorcycle/car", known as the Tuk Tuk, is slowly being replaced with the fuel efficient and air conditioned Toyota and Honda automobiles. Most taxis in Thailand are metered and as such, fares do not need to be negotiated. It is best to choose a metered taxi unless traveling a long distance.

Fares are very inexpensive compared to American taxi services and a great option for ESL teachers to get around at a very reasonable price.

Tips When Traveling by Taxi:

- Hail a taxi instead of responding to one that approaches you.
- Be alert and appear confident. You are most vulnerable when you are unaware of your surroundings and when you appear to be a "tourist".
- Write the name and location of your destination in Thai on a piece of paper in case the taxi driver cannot speak English.
- Carry a map and point to the destination.
- Note the name of the company, name and ID of the driver for security purposes.
- Display a friendly demeanor.
- Give a small tip at the end of the ride.

Train and Subway


Thailand has over 2,700 miles of railway tracks, not including those in Bangkok, reaching the farthest corners of the kingdom and its borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Five main lines can transport you comfortably from Bangkok to destinations throughout Thailand. The only train options in and out of Thailand currently are through Malaysia, and serve as a transfer point to Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.


The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), also referred to as Bangkok Metro, has an approximate 240,000 daily ridership and costs between 16-40 Baht. The trains run from 6am through to midnight and trains arrive every 5-7 minutes making this an effective way to travel.


The Skytrain has reduced commute time in Bangkok significantly for many. It reaches most places in Bangkok and while more expensive than taxi, is a welcome alternative to sitting in heavy traffic. There are two lines: Silom runs West to South and the Sukhumvit runs North to East converging at Siam station, Sala Daen and Asok stations. While fares range in price, an average trip costs 15-25 Baht.


The bus system in Thailand has a wide range of options. Long distance buses can be classified as follows:

- Orange buses, the cheapest and slowest, lack air conditioning and stop at every village along the way making this an affordable way to see local sights and culture. These buses are not very comfortable.
- Blue buses are usually privately or government operated. They are more comfortable with air conditioning and only stop in big cities. These are slightly more expensive.
- VIP buses, also known as luxury buses, are great for long distance travel with lots of leg room and comfortable seats. Air conditioning can make it a cold trip so a blanket is often provided as is a free meal and/or 30 minute stop along the way.

For city travel there are usually 4 options. Public, non-air conditioned buses cost about 7 - 8.5 Baht per ride. Air conditioned buses range from 9-19 Baht in price. Red and grey microbuses are also air conditioned and good for longer travel; these cost approximately 20 Baht per ride.

Buses are among the most affordable modes of transportation and as such can become quite crammed during rush hour; it is important to guard any valuables on your person as crowded buses provide an opportunity for pick-pocketers to go undetected.

Other Modes of Transportation

Other modes of transportation that are available for ESL teachers include:

Motorcycle Taxi

Taxis are easily identified as the drivers are clad in orange or red vests. The motorcycle taxi is a great option for beating the traffic on short trips, although it does carry risks. Beyond being directly exposed to the air pollution, some motorcycle taxis can be aggressive drivers and exacerbate the normal risks identified with this type of transportation. Should this be the transportation mode of choice, one should be careful to keep knees in tight and wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law and you will be the one fined if pulled over so be sure to hail a taxi with an extra helmet.


Cycling is a common mode of transportation in Thailand. The following should be considered for this option:

- Avoid having loose-hanging bags. A securely fitting backpack is ideal.
- Keep a raincoat in a backpack for the common torrential downpours during rainy season.
- Wear some type of reflective clothing at night and sunglasses during the day.
- Avoid "seedy" areas, especially at night.
- Keep bike under lock and key when not in use.

Motor Vehicles

ESL teachers wanting to operate a motor vehicle in Thailand must obtain an International Driving Permit from their home country or possess a Thai Driver's License. While police may be lenient, a Thai Driver's License rather than an international one is required for insurance after three months in country. Carrying the Thai Driver's license is a good alternative to carrying a passport for identification.

Required documentation for a Thai Driver's License:

- Letter of address/visa confirmation from applicant's embassy - usually costs approximately 200 Baht. Two passport photos are required. Women's shoulders must be covered for official photos
- Doctor's letter within 30 days of applying for license ("Fit to Drive") - approximately 200 Baht.
- Passport plus 1 signed copy of: face page, visa page, current TM6 card and latest entry stamp page.
- Current home country driver's license with one signed copy of each page.
- 105 Baht.

The first license is issued for one year and is often referred to as a temporary or provisional license.

In case of a motor vehicle accident, determining the party at fault is generally based upon who has the more expensive vehicle, and should a foreigner be among those involved, he/she may bear the responsibility. Fines associated with accidents are sometimes proportionate to the amount of money in one's wallet or bank account.

One should not call traffic police at an accident, as they would generally factor in a fine (or bribe) that they would keep for themselves. Call the tourist police if you are in Bangkok or a major tourist area and they will send someone to assist you. Take a photo of the accident at every possible angle and provide these to your insurance company. Gather as much information about the other driver as possible but stay calm and let a cool head prevail.

Etiquette in Thailand

Thailand's culture, as in most Asian countries, is based on respect and honor. Keeping this in mind when considering various customs and points of etiquette will give greater understanding and clarity while in-country.

General Etiquette

Some other examples of commonly practiced customs and etiquette ESL teachers should know include:

- The "wai" (palms of the hands together in a prayer-like fashion) along with a slight bow, is the most common Thai greeting; shaking hands is not a common greeting. One's social status is reflected in the use of the wai. A superior would not initiate the wai and would, if initiated by someone else, simply return it with a smile. Using the wai to greet children, clerks or waitresses would indicate that one is not familiar with Thai customs.

- Thai people are non-confrontational and gracious. Avoid a raised voice or the appearance of anger. Conflict is best handled in a calm, controlled manner, out of sight of other people, avoiding loss of face.

- Patience is essential.

- As monks are highly esteemed in Thailand, they should receive preferential treatment, such as giving them the seat closest to the door on buses. One should avoid sitting next to a monk and a woman should never touch a monk.

- Thais believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body and as such, it would be very poor etiquette to touch one's head (or even shoulder). To stand over someone who is of higher social status (including someone older and wiser) is also considered poor etiquette. Bowing one's head to show respect and courtesy is appropriate.

- The foot is considered to be the lowest, most unholy part of the body. One should never point with their foot or show the bottom of their feet. When sitting, ensure your feet don't point at anyone.

- As in many Asian cultures, the left hand is considered unclean. Using the left hand to give or receive a gift, pass food, or to shake someone's hand should be avoided.

- Shoes should be removed before entering a home unless otherwise directed.

- Coarse language and jesting is inappropriate.

- Modest clothing is advised for men and women. Shorts are often deemed inappropriate for adults. Slacks and dresses are better.

- Affection between members of the same sex is very common and not to be interpreted as sexual preference.

- Crossed arms are considered aggressive and boorish.

Eating Etiquette

Traditional dining in Thai restaurants is somewhat communal in nature. Generally a group would order their selections as shared dishes. While the younger generation is adopting many western practices, it is helpful to keep the backdrop of traditional culture in mind.

A few things to consider:

- Avoid blowing one's nose or licking fingers when eating.
- Lingering over the meal and enjoying the conversation suggests your acceptance of the culture, and is a compliment to the host and others present.
- Generally the most well-to-do person at the meal covers the cost. A polite offer to contribute is acceptable but should not be insisted upon as it can cause a loss of face.
- Serving oneself is acceptable, but only in small portions. Taking small portions ensures that there is enough to go around and finishing everything on one's plate is a compliment to the host/chef.
- It is polite to wait for the host to invite the guests to eat.
- Chopsticks should not be left in one's bowl as it is a symbol of death.
- The fork is generally used to push food onto one's spoon.

Language in Thailand

With 44 consonants, 32 vowels and five pronunciation tones, Thai (Siamese), a tonal language with many similarities to Lao, is the official language in Thailand. Tonal languages tend to have more complexities, however being open to learning common phrases (and beyond for those ready for a challenge) is a compliment to the Thai people. It would make life in Thailand a richer experience, and add convenience to daily living.

Below is a list of common phrases.

- Hello
Sa-wat dee

- Yes

- No
Mai chai

- Thank-you
Kop kun

- Please speak more slowly
Poot chaa long noi

- I don't understand
Mai khao jai

- Where's the toilet?
Hong naam yoo tee nai?

- How much?
Gee baht?

- Very expensive
Paeng maag

- Sorry
Khor toat

- Pleased to meet you
Yin dee tee dai roo jak

- Excuse me
Kor toht

- Do you speak English?
Kun poot paa-saa ang-grit reu bplao?

- Help!
Chuay duay!

- Foreigner

Eating in Thailand

Thai Cuisine

Authentic Thai cuisine generally includes a balance of spicy, sour, sweet, salty and bitter (optional) within each dish or meal. Similar to the French, Thais place a strong emphasis on noticing quality and detail, taking small portions and making a meal linger through the enjoyment of conversation and community.

Rice is a staple in Thailand, as in most Asian countries, and is served at virtually every meal; jasmine and sticky varieties are among the most common. Noodles are also widely used in Thai cuisine, often made from rice. Phat Thai is one of the most common noodle dishes, having become very popular in the West.

Purchasing a meal from a street vendor is extremely inexpensive and usually delicious. Exercising caution when doing so is prudent; avoid meat dishes in extremely hot weather and choose vendors using a cooling device of some sort. Selecting a dish that is well cooked is important.

Tap water is not potable and should not be consumed. Purchasing bottled water is very inexpensive and accessible. As Thailand is a tropical country, keeping hydrated is a priority.

Some of the most popular Thai dishes foreigners choose include:

- Phat Thai (fried noodles)
- Kaeng Khiao Wan Kai (green curry with chicken)
- Phat Kaphrao (fried meat with sweet basil)
- Tom Yam Kung (spicy shrimp soup)
- Tom Kha Gai (chicken in coconut soup)
- Yam Neua (spicy beef salad)
- Phat Siew (wide rice noodles with broccoli and meat)

Climate in Thailand

Three seasons dictate the weather of Thailand: hot, wet, and cool. ESL teachers going to Thailand should consider taking attire to match each of these seasons; however, as clothing is inexpensive, it can be purchased (mostly smaller sizes) or made by a tailor once there. There is some variety in temperature, depending upon the location, with temperatures in the hills being wetter and cooler than in other parts of the country.

Hot Season - The hot season is generally short, typically lasting from mid-March through late May, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 104 Fahrenheit with high humidity.

Wet Season - Monsoon rains kick off the rainy season in late May or early June. The season generally lasts until October. Rarely are there full days of rain: sunny mornings are followed by one to two hours of rain and followed again by sun. On rare occasions in August or September, a typhoon may occur. Temperatures average around 89 Fahrenheit during mid-afternoon and drop to approximately 73 at night.

Cool Season - Beginning in early November and lasting through February or March, the cool season brings with it temperatures averaging around 82 Fahrenheit and dropping as low as 50 at night. During the cool season, there may be as little as one occasion of rainfall per month.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters, while rare in Thailand, do occur. Droughts and floods tend to be the most common and most threatening forms of natural disasters in Thailand, affecting the majority of the population. Cyclones are a threat for those living in the Northern regions. The December 26, 2004 tsunami which hit Phuket was Thailand's worst natural disaster to date and advanced tsunami warning systems are now in place to protect the population.

Holidays in Thailand

There is no shortage of holidays in Thailand. Many are based on the lunar calendar, and as such are on different dates from year to year. Although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops remain open.

Below is a list of some of the most common holidays:

New Year's Day - January 1
National holiday

Chinese New Year - lunar calendar
Not a public holiday, but widely celebrated

Makha Bucha - full moon in February
Buddha's first sermon to his disciples - National holiday

Songkran - Starts April 13
Traditional Thai New Year - National holiday

Chakri Day - April 6
Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty, Chakri - National holiday

Labor Day/ Raeng Ngan Haeng Chat - May 1
National holiday in private sector

Coronation Day/ Chattra Mongkhon - May 5
Celebrates the day in 1950 when the current king was crowned - National holiday

Visakha Bucha - May
Celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into Nirvana of Buddha - National holiday

Buddhist Lent - Eighth lunar month
Marks the beginning of the 'lent' period - National holiday

The Queen's Birthday - Aug 12
National holiday

Chulalongkorn Day - October 23
Celebration on the death of one of Thailand's most revered kings - National holiday

The King's Birthday - December 5
National holiday

Constitution Day/ Rattha Thammanun - December 10
Celebration of the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution

New Year's Eve/ Sin Pi - Dec 31
National holiday
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Teaching English in Thailand

Teaching English in Thailand is a great way to gain valuable experience and hone teaching skills while enjoying beautiful beaches, bustling markets and amazing cuisine

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Thailand

Thailand's school year generally begins in May and ends in March, with a three-week semester break in mid-October. Hiring for most schools is done in February and March in preparation for the first semester starting in May. July-August is the next hiring push for universities and the October term.

Public and Private School System

Public education is provided by the government from pre-school through high school. The private sector includes for-profit schools and fee paying non-profit schools often run by charitable organizations, the Catholic Church being one of the most prominent of these.

Students of all ages in the public school system, and generally speaking in the private school system, are required to wear school uniforms. During the primary levels, students follow eight core subjects, including mathematics, science, Thai language, and art, and then in high school are able to vary their subjects slightly with elective courses.

Deciphering the difference between public and private schools is often under debate. The biggest differences tend to be class sizes, cost and accessibility.

It is argued that private schools offer a better education and secure better quality teachers. However, many maintain that, as the government's contribution to the Ministry of Education is significant and focuses on teacher training, teachers in the public school system have a greater opportunity to receive ongoing training. The private sector does tend to have a lower student-teacher ratio however, which is a definite advantage. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses, and ESL teachers would need to determine in which environment they would be most effective.

Private Language Schools

Private language schools are a great place for new ESL teachers to find a teaching position. These schools conduct classes and hire throughout the calendar year.

In some cases, language schools open first thing in the morning to accommodate business people taking lessons prior to starting work, and then open again mid-afternoon until mid-to-late evening to accommodate lessons for children after they have completed their studies at school.

Universities and Colleges

Universities and colleges in Thailand fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of University Affairs in both public and private sectors. With greater government focus on education in recent years, Thai universities have begun to climb in rank, and in 2006, three universities were designated as "excellent" in Academics and Research by the Commission on Higher Education.

ESL teachers desiring to teach in a Thai university will most often find that a BA (Masters preferred), TESOL certificate and teaching experience are required.

While calendars vary between universities, a two-semester system generally begins in June and ends in March.

Private Tutoring

ESL teachers wishing to earn extra money often consider private tutoring. Some contracts specifically prohibit such activity, usually with conflict of interest as the primary reason. However, should it be permissible, ESL teachers can earn 250 - 1000 Baht/hour and sometimes more.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Thailand

Graduates of Oxford Seminars receive our Job Placement Service with exclusive access to established schools and recruiters around the world, including Thailand.

Searching the internet will also yield many resources for finding ESL teaching positions in Thailand, including:

- Oxford Seminars' English Language Schools Directory
- Transitions Abroad
- Ajarn.com

Chain Schools in Thailand

- ECC (Thailand) - is one of the largest private language and computer schools in Thailand with more than 50 branches throughout the country. Students at ECC cover all ages and ability levels, and have access to a wide variety of courses including general conversation and specialized test preparation.

- Inlingua - has branches worldwide and only uses native English instructors to teach their English classes. They offer many types of courses and languages at all levels through small classes or private tuition. Currently there are language centers in seven of Bangkok's most populated areas.

Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Thailand

Below is a sampling of the many resources available to ESL teachers living abroad.

- Oxford Seminars' ESL Teaching Resources
- About.com - ESL Teaching Resources
- Transitions Abroad
- Teach-nology
- Songs for Teaching
- Genki English
- Escape Artist

Tips for ESL Teachers in Thailand

- A smile goes a long way in the "Land of Smiles"!
- Things move at a slower pace in Thailand than they do in the West. Learning to be patient and avoid being in a hurry will lessen stress.
- The Thai are a gracious, non-confrontational people. Any conflict should be handled in a calm, private manner avoiding accusations or assigning blame so as to "save face".
- Foreigners should always carry official identification.
- Always carry tissue and hand sanitizer because public washrooms rarely provide toilet paper or soap.
- Keep in mind that wearing gold or yellow may suggest that you support the king and that wearing a red shirt may suggest strong political ties (anti-government).
- As you will have to leave your footwear at the door of restaurants, choose an inexpensive pair so that good ones don't get taken.
- Because of the high humidity during hot season, clothing may take up to 24 hours to dry.
- 'Farang' is the term for foreigners.
- When purchasing a calling card, check to make sure that pay phones in the area are able to make international calls.
- Clothing and shoes for Western sizes are not always in abundance. Taking footwear may be prudent. Having clothing made to fit at a very reasonable price is a great option once in Thailand.
- Carrying a shawl or light jacket will be helpful in air-conditioned buildings or vehicles

Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Thailand

Historically, finding a teaching position in Thailand was relatively easy. In recent years, however, the government has focused its attention on this sector, dedicating a large financial portion to teacher training and creating a new trend of higher requirements for teachers of English from outside of Thailand. Generally speaking, a Bachelor's Degree with the Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate is required.

ESL teachers interested in Thailand can apply for a few different visas, the most common one being the Non-Immigrant B Visa.

The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to Thailand who are citizens of United States, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. Citizens of other countries may be required to produce additional documentation. It is important to consult the consular services of the Thai embassy/consulate to confirm details of each application.

Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in Thailand:

- BA (3 or 4 year) from a recognized university. If it is in Education or related field then you may be able to skip the Thai culture course
- TESOL Certification
- Native English speaking ability
- 20 hour Thai culture course (upon arrival) is nearly always required

Types of Applicable Visas:

- Non-Immigrant B Visa (Valid for ESL teachers to work legally)
- O Visa (Spousal or Dependants Visa)
- O-A (One-year visa issued for retirees over 50)
- Working Holiday Visa (WHV) - for citizens of Australia/New Zealand ages 18-30. The purpose of the WHV is for touring and allows those using it to work in-country in order to cover the expenses of travel. As such, this visa may not be suitable for teaching English.

Important Visa Information:

- One must apply for a visa from their country of citizenship or show proof of permanent residency in the country from which they are applying
- Visas will only be granted if there is sufficient time remaining on the applicant's passport after end of stay in Thailand (one year preferred)
- Leaving the country without a re-entry permit essentially cancels one's visa
- A "border hop" or "visa run" (leaving and re-entering the country of residence to renew/obtain a visa) is a common requirement in many countries

Standard Process for Obtaining Documentation to Work Legally in Thailand:

1 - Applicant secures a contract with a legitimate school (who would work on behalf of applicant in the following steps)
2 - School applies for work permit on behalf of applicant
3 - Applicant applies for Non-Immigrant B Visa (along with single entry permit) at embassy or consulate in home country (takes approximately 1-3 business days to process)
4 - Once in Thailand, a 90-day stay permit is granted to process temporary work permit (through Department of Employment) and other essential documentation (school initiated/assisted)
5 - Application for Extension of Stay Permit and Re-entry Permit are submitted to Immigration Bureau before departing for "border hop" (visa run - see details above)
6- Application for Extension of Work Permit is submitted at Department of Employment (school initiated/assisted)
7 - Teaching License is issued by the Ministry of Education once all criteria are met (school initiated/assisted)

Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with Thai embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)

- A valid passport with approximately one year remaining after travel dates (This should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate
- Completed visa application
- Passport photos
- Original diploma/degree and transcripts
- Original TESOL certificate
- Criminal Background Check
- Health certificate if entering Thailand from certain countries (check with embassy/consulate)

Embassy and Consulate Information for Thailand

American Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

Embassy of the United States in Thailand
120 - 122 Wireless Road and 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66-2-205-4000 (Switchboard open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day)
Website: http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/
Email: visasbkkiv@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 07:00-16:00, excluding official holidays.

United States Consulate, Chiang Mai
387 Wichayanond Road
City: Chiang Mai
Phone: (66-53) 107-700 (outside Thailand), (053) 107-700 (within Thailand)
Fax: (66-53) 252-633 (outside Thailand), (053) 252-633 (within Thailand)
Website: http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 07:30-16:30, excluding official holidays.

Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

Embassy of Canada in Thailand
15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama IV Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66 (0) 2646-4300
Fax: +66 (0) 2646-4336
Email: bngkk@international.gc.ca
Website: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/thailand-thailande/index.aspx?lang=eng
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 07:30-16:15; Friday: 07:30-13:00

Canadian Consulate, Chiang Mai
151 Super Highway
Tambon Tahsala
Amphur Muang
Chiang Mai 50000
City: Chiang Mai
Phone: +66 (0) 5385-0147 or +66 (0) 5324-2292
Fax: +66 (0) 5385-0332
Email: cancon@loxinfo.co.th
Website: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/thailand-thailande/consular_services_consulaires/consul_thailand-thailande.aspx?lang=eng#ChiangMai
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 09:00-12:00

Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

Australian Embassy in Thailand
37 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 344 6300
Fax: +66 2 344 6593
Email: austembassy.bangkok@dfat.gov.au
Website: http://www.thailand.embassy.gov.au/bkok/home.html
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 08:30-16:30 except embassy public holidays

British Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

British Embassy in Thailand
14 Wireless Road
Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66 (0) 2 305 8333
Fax: +66 (0) 2 255 9278
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-bangkok
Email: Info.Bangkok@fco.gov.uk
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs: 08:00-12:00 / 12:45-16:30; Fri: 08:00-13:00 (Local time)

Irish Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Thailand
4th Floor, Rm 407 Thaniya Building 62,
Silom Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66.2.632 6720
Fax: +66 2 632 6721
Email: info@irelandinthailand.com
Website: https://www.irelandinthailand.com
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 08:30-12:30

Honorary Consulate of Ireland, Phuket
5/51 Fishermans Way, Moo 5
Viset Road
Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130
City: Phuket
Phone: +66 76 281 273
Fax: +66 76 384 425
Email: irelandconsulate.phuket@gmail.com
Website: https://www.consulateirelandphuket.org
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 09:00-12:00

New Zealand's Embassy and Consular Offices in Thailand

Embassy of New Zealand in Thailand
M Thai Tower, 14th Floor
All Seasons Place
87 Wireless Road
Pathumwan, Lumpini
Bangkok 10330
City: Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 254 2530
Fax: +66 2 253 9045 or 253 0249
Email: info@NewZealandEmbassyBkk.com
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/thailand
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 08:00-12:00/13:00-16:30

Embassy Offices Outside Thailand

Thailand Embassy in the United States

Embassy of Thailand in Washington, DC
1024 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 401
Washington D.C 20007 - 3681
City: Washington, DC
Phone: 1-(202) 944-3600
Email: information@thaiembdc.org
Website: http://www.thaiembdc.org/
Thailand Embassy in Canada

Embassy of Thailand in Ottawa
180 Island Park Drive
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0A2
City: Ottawa
Phone: 1-(613)722-4444
Fax: 1 (613)722-6624
Email: contact@thaiembassy.ca
Website: https://www.thaiembassy.ca
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Thailand: A Financial Snapshot

ESL teachers to Thailand can expect to earn between 25,000 - 50,000 Baht per month and enjoy a low cost of living. Meeting monthly living expenses, occasional dining out, and in-country vacationing are all possible with a responsible approach to budgeting.

Expected Apartment Costs

As in most countries around the world, the cost of living varies significantly between large and small city centers. For example, expected costs for a bachelor apartment in Bangkok could run between 8,000 - 15,000 Baht monthly and be lower in smaller city centers. Utilities run between 2,000 - 5,000 Baht depending upon how often the air conditioner is used.

ESL teachers should know that ATMs are the best way to exchange or withdraw money while in Thailand. They are readily accessible. Taking traveler's checks is not advised as they would not necessarily be accepted at local restaurants and shops.

To open a bank account in Thailand, one must have a working visa. A 100 Baht deposit is typically required and an ATM card costs approximately 150 Baht. Overseas bank accounts can be accessed from inside Thailand provided that the Debit or Credit Card has aCirrus or Plus logo on its back.

In the event that an exchange of currency is needed, it will be important to remember that bills must be virtually perfect (not crumpled or torn).

Food Costs

The following table provides ESL teachers with examples of the cost of food in Thailand.

- Restaurant meal - 40 - 100 Baht in a relatively nice restaurant
- Apartment meal - 20 - 40 Baht per portion (Often available at or near apartments)
- Soft Drink - 10 - 15 Baht for a can; up to 50 Baht a glass or more in an expensive bar or restaurant.
- Big Mac - 82 Baht
- Pizza Hut - approximately 430 Baht for large pizza

Other Miscellaneous Items

- Hair cut - 60 Baht (up to 500 Baht at an expat salon)
- Cinema - 150 - 400 Baht
- CDs - approximately 100 Baht
- Beer - approximately 50-60 Baht
- Toothpaste - approximately 50 Baht
- Deodorant - 50 - 150 Baht (however, imported toiletries can be quite expensive)